From Llanrhaiadr the route heads for the old pilgrim way from St David’s to Holywell.
Notes on churches and other places of interest along the way are on the Enjoy Medieval Denbighshire web site and there are detailed surveys of the medieval churches on the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust web site.
Leaving Llanrhaiadr church, turn right and walk down the old road towards the A525 and Ruthin. Keep to the old road along the blocked-off stub at the end. Cross the A525 and take the waymarked footpath straight ahead. Walk straight across the first field, bear right to the far corner of the next field and cross the stone stile. Turn left and walk along a minor road past the pub. Turn left at the first junction and cross the bridge over the Clywedog river.
At the next junction you can turn left for Llandyrnog, but a short detour along the road to the right will take you to the pretty village of Llanynys - another good pub and the church of St Saeran with its remarkable carvings and a huge wall painting of St Christopher. (As he is the patron saint of travellers, paying your respects might be a good idea.)
Turn right outside the church and walk down the lane between the pub and the car park. The lane becomes a footpath which goes straight across the first field. (The field was in crop in the summer of 2003 with 8’ high maize, but the path had been kept clear.)
Walk across the field to a stile then bear right across the next field and go through an orchard. Follow the hedge to your left and cross the Clwyd by a footbridge. Turn left and follow the footpath along the bank of the river. The path crosses one minor road. (If you are in a hurry, or in poor weather, you can cut across to this point by walking back down the road from the church and bearing right at the fork in the road.) At the second minor road turn right and walk up to Llandyrnog. This village has not one but two excellent pubs and a church with spectacular medieval stained glass, including a rare Seven Sacraments window.
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