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Mary Jones Way

The Mary Jones Way

The Mary Jones Way

by: Des Marshall
The Mary Jones Way is a 29-mile route from Llanfihangel-Y-Pennant to Bala. This is a very pleasant walk with no very long steep uphill sections, although there are some steeper bits throughout. The highest point of the walk is reached very close to the start, just before reaching Rhiwogof. Fine mountain scenery in the first two sections is followed by quiet and scenic valley walking along green lanes or country roads, with very little main road walking.

The route commemorates the journey made by Mary Jones in 1800 when, at the age of sixteen, she walked barefoot from her home Ty'n-y-ddol to Bala to obtain a copy of the Welsh bible from the reverend Thomas Charles. Her childhood had been one of poverty, but she became a devout Calvinistic Methodist Christian following her parent's beliefs, and was driven to learn more from reading the bible. Her journey became famous and there is a memorial to her near the ruins of her former home, and her bible is now in the bible Society's archives at Cambridge University library. There is much more information about her life in the guidebook.

The book discusses the route options Mary may have taken and the route described is the most probable. The book has divided it into five sections designed to allow return by public transport. Generally, the path is clearly signed, but it is advisable to take an Ordnance Survey map. Explorer sheet OL23 covers the whole route. The guide provides clear route finding instructions and detailed sketch maps.

The walk sections are:
Llanfihangel-Y-Pennant to Minffordd - 6 miles
Minffordd to Cross Foxes - 4.5 miles
Cross Foxes to Glan Wnion Houses - 6 miles
Glan Wnion Houses to Llanuwchllyn - 6.25 miles
Llanuwchllyn to Bala - 6.25 miles
Click the link below the 'Add to Cart' button for a route overview map.

ISBN 9781908748447 Pages 35 (2017) 148mm x 210mm


Price: 4.95