Location: Eqlwys St Michael Llanfihangel Rhos-Y-Corn, Gwernogle, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA32 7RP, Wales
Type: Place Of Worship / Offers accommodation? NO / Permanent Labyrinth
Open: All year / Garden Capacity:
Garden Description:EGLWYS ST. MICHAEL LLANFIHANGEL RHOS Y CORN
This ancient church on the slopes of Mynydd Llanfihangel Rhos Y Corn has settled into a small hollow and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. Its simplicity reflects the open wildness of the mountain on the slopes of which it stands. This is an ancient place of pilgrimage and continues today with many coming to experience the peace.
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.
To arrive is quite easy albeit remote. We have brown signs with a white church delineated. If you travel from Carmarthen you exit towards Lampeter on the A485. Just as you arrive in Llanllwni there is a junction veering off to the right and instead of continuing on the A485 follow the brown sign by taking this turning right; go over the cattle grid and you are on the mountain. From thence just follow the brown signs over the mountainside, turn right at three police masts, through Llidiad Nenog, and after a few more miles you will find the church on your left.
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.
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 for you 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.
We wish you many blessings on your journeyings and hope that your visit to our remote little church and garden will bring peace and delight.
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