Ancient Connections is undertaking an experimental and creative pilgrimage from Ferns to St Davids in May 2021 – the Creative Camino. The project is teaming up with Journeying, a Celtic focused walking and pilgrimage guide company based in Pembrokeshire and Wexford Trails, who promote a series of tourism trails across Wexford County. The project will be an experiential feasibility study to ascertain the possibility of promoting a new pilgrimage route between Ferns and St Davids as a means to encourage stronger links between these two regions, as well as attract overseas visitors in a sustainable form of cross-border tourism. A feasibility study has also been undertaken to assess the long term viability of this route.
2023 marks the 900th anniversary of the granting of a privilege to St Davids by Pope Callixtus II in Rome, who declared that two pilgrimages to the Cathedral were equal to one journey to Rome.
The start of the pilgrimage will be marked by a spectacular celebration event in Ferns; pilgrims will then make their way mostly on foot to Rosslare where they will take a ferry to Fishguard. Finally, they will walk the Pembrokeshire coast path, arriving with a warm pilgrims’ welcome at St Davids Cathedral.
Media and Documentary
Throughout the journey, the experiences of the pilgrims as well as the beautiful scenery, heritage sites and wildlife will be documented by Llif:Flow a digital media company based in Angelsey. The stills and footage will be used to promote the project and new pilgrimage route concept across social media platforms and a short documentary film has been commissioned as promotion and legacy.
Date: November 2020 – June 2021
Funded by: Ancient Connections
In Partnership with: Journeying and Wexford Trails
Eight artist performances or event
A Documentary film
Short media content for social media and still photos
Learn More at: www.journeying.co.uk/wexfordtrails.ie