Here you will find a warmth of welcome and a sense of profound stillness, both inside the church and within the environs. As you walk through the graveyard and down through a space in the hedge, you will find another of our treasures – our labyrinth. This is placed in a secluded small field which is edged with bracken and other wild flowers in their season. It is where pilgrims can rest and just be or walk reflectively within the labyrinth. The silence is almost palpable.
Your journey here across the mountain creates a larger garden in which you can be awed by the amazing scenery all around, from the Preseli Hills to the south and west, the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons to the East and glimpses of the mountains to the north. You will very likely also see ponies, sheep and cattle grazing and in the late summer the mountainsides are covered with the most glorious purples of heather and so you are immersed in God’s wonderful creation before you even arrive at your destination.
You will always find the church open and are welcome to use the facilities and also help yourself to refreshments. There is also a small pool where you can place your prayers in the form of pebbles or leave your prayers on the notice board. The pebbles representing your prayers are placed on the altar during the service and offered to Our Lord and the written requests are always prayed for during our services. We will also be creating a book where the pilgrim can share their own special prayers, poetry or thoughts with us and with other pilgrims.
St Michael’s is a member of the Quiet Garden Movement and our thanks go to Beryl Edwards for permission to reproduce the text above from their website entry.
HOW TO GET HERE:
Travelling from Lampeter on the A485, when you arrive in Llanllwni, go past the school and the Talardd on your left . It is then easier if you take the turning on the left immediately before the shop painted blue rather than the next extremely narrow lane with the brown sign. Turn left at the top of this steep lane and then as stated above, over the cattle grid and onwards.
You can also access from the village of Brechfa off the A40; in which case go through the village until you come to a junction veering off to the left, take this and travel in the direction of Gwernogle taking a sharp turning right uphill marked with brown sign; follow this travelling upwards for a number of miles and you will find the church on your right.