Exploring Ancient Links

The following pages describe a route exploration associated with the creation of a pilgrimage trail linking Glasgow, Scotland and St. Asaph, North Wales.

The patron saint of Glasgow, St Mungo, led, according to mediaeval biographers, a life associated with the post-Roman British kingdoms of present day SW Scotland, Cumbria and Wales.

It is reported that he travelled via Cumbria, to Wales (where he is known as Cynderyn – in English ‘Kentigern’), became, following suggestion of Dewi Sant (St David), first Bishop of Llanelwy (St Asaph) then returned to Glasgow becoming, possibly, its first Bishop.

Whatever the accuracy of the story, it illustrates the historic relationship (demonstrated in many other ways including language) between the regions with which he is associated.

The pilgrimages being performed explore a possible walking trail, and attempt to follow closely the line of the ancient direct routes that existed in post-Roman Britain and which almost certainly, on land, followed the Roman roads.

The geography of the route is such that it seems likely that the Romans had few options when choosing the line of their roads – and those lines are still paralleled by modern transport routes.

The first journey was undertaken at Easter 2010 and the second during April 2011.

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