RAF Valley is among the destinations to feature on a BBC programme which will see seven celebrities take a trip like no other through North Wales.

Pilgrimage is to return with its sixth series on BBC Two and iPlayer on Friday, March 29.

The Anglesey site will feature in the second of three one-hour episodes, with stars including actor Tom Rosenthal and wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan.

All three episodes will be available to watch on iPlayer from March 29.


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RAF Valley said: “Last July, we were delighted to share our local knowledge with the BBC producers of the Pilgrimage programme, along with their guest celebs. 

“RAF Valley features in episode two, about half way through, with our Padre Mike briefing the celebrity pilgrims on the historical significance of the wetlands adjacent to the airfield, where a number of Druidic artefacts were discovered during previous runway work, suggesting that the lake was of great religious significance.  

“Indeed, many historians believe that Llyn Cerrig Bach could be the site of the final battle between the Roman 20th Legion that garrisoned North Wales - and the Druids.

“A battle that the Roman historian Tacitus describes in such graphic detail in his 'Agricola', with vivid descriptions of Druidic priestesses setting themselves on fire and terrifying the attacking legionnaires.

“We were also able to share a number of other slightly more prosaic details regarding the ancient Welsh pilgrimage route to Ynys Enlli and provide the BBC with some helpful aerial photographs.   

“The BBC producer said today that she thinks ‘this is one of the best series we've made to date’ and she was kind enough to thank Valley for the ‘valuable assistance’ in making this all happen.”

Taking part in this series of Pilgrimage are:

  • Wild life presenter Michaela Strachan, who places her faith in the natural world.
  • Spencer Matthews, a former reality TV star turned entrepreneur, who was christened Church of England but is still searching for answers to life’s big questions.
  • Sonali Shah, a journalist and TV presenter who was raised in a Jain household.
  • Comedian Eshaan Akbar, a lapsed Muslim
  • Amanda Lovett, a practising Catholic, who catapulted to public attention in the first series of BBC’s The Traitors.
  • Actor Tom Rosenthal, star of Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner, who calls himself ‘areligious’
  • TV personality and former model, Christine McGuinness, who is spiritual but doesn’t practise one particular faith.

They will take on the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way, which was created in 2011 and is linked by ancient churches dedicated to sixth and seventh century saints.

It also takes pilgrims through outstanding places of natural beauty in the mountain ranges of Eryri, also known as Snowdonia, and the North Wales coast path.