Information for Visitors

The Shrine Church is open from 8.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m. daily during British Summer Time, but closes at 4.00 p.m. after the clocks change in October. There is disabled access to the Church and Centre.

A service is held on Sundays at 3.00 p.m. from Easter to October, and there are shorter services for pilgrims at other times of the week with an emphasis on healing. Please see the page on Worship for further details.
Prayers of intercession are said daily in the Church. A Book for Prayer Requests is left on the prayer desk in the Apse - feel free to use it, and to light a candle or place a pebble in the pool. The prayers left in the book are prayed at the Midday Pilgrim’s Liturgy.  A Book of Remembrance is kept on the Memorial Table: if you would like a name entered, just fill in a coloured card and leave it on the table and you loved one’s name will be added to the Memorial Book.

At the back of the church is a shop which sells, among other things, a range of greetings cards with biblical texts, prayer cards and icons as well as items of local interest. On the first floor of the tower is an exhibition, currently featuring the restoration of the church, a collection of old photographs of the district and a display on local wildlife.

Access

Pennant Melangell lies at the head of the Tanat Valley: it is accessible from the B4391 at Llangynog along a single-track road with occasional passing places. The road is suitable for cars but too narrow for a standard bus or coach to negotiate. For parties it is best to leave large vehicles in the main car park in Llangynog (where there are public toilets), and either walk up the valley or hire a minibus. (Tanat Valley Motors 01691 780212/780241). There is a small car park at St Melangell’s Church: it is difficult to turn a vehicle beyond this point.

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Those on foot can walk up the lane from the village. To avoid the last mile or so of road, take a public footpath signposted to the right just beyond Vicarage Farm, which climbs up to Llechwedd-y-Garth before descending to the church. Suitable footwear is needed, but the views are memorable. The waterfall at the head of the valley, Pistyll Blaen-y-Cwm, can be reached via another, steeper path, which leaves the road on the right about 300 yards beyond the church and leads up into open country: the landowner has indicated a route. There are other attractive paths signposted on both sides of the valley and shown on Explorer Maps 239 or 255.

Links to more local walks.

It would be appreciated if:
(i) gates could be shut and kept clear of cars.
(ii) public footpaths are used where appropriate.