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Between land and sea, heaven and earth

Liz Richardson takes us on a journey to St Hywyn's a place of spiritual depth and beauty

Between land and sea, heaven and earth

AT THE BOTTOM OF the Liÿn Peninsula, where the finger of Wales points out into the Irish sea, lies Aberdaron. It’s a village of 500 souls, mainly farmers and fishermen and those who work for tourists in the season.

When I first visited in 2006 I found it to be, in the Celtic phrase, a ‘thin place’ where one can walk in two worlds, the heavenly and the earthly. Enhancing this feeling is the presence of St Hywyn’s, a12th century church which sits on the edge of the beach. To be in St Hywyn’s and hear the waves crashing on the shore is a truly mystical experience. It’s the last stop before pilgrims go across to the island of Bardsey, where 20,000 saints are said to be buried. So the church is open all year round for pilgrims and tourists to visit. And they do...

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