AN EAGERLY-anticipated BBC show which shines a light on North Wales' Pilgrim's Way is set to hit tv screens tonight (March 29).

Pilgrimage is back with a brand-new series returning to BBC Two and iPlayer as seven well known personalities, of differing faiths and beliefs, tackle a modern-day pilgrimage.

Across 3 x 60 minute episodes, Pilgrimage: The Road Through North Wales will follow the celebrities, as they take a personal journey along a route that celebrates Celtic early Christian saints.

Their final destination is Bardsey Island, the fabled ‘Island of 20,000 saints’, just off the western tip of the Llyn Peninsula.

There is hope that the show can help spark a huge interest in North Wales' Pilgrim's Way.


Immersing themselves on this spiritual journey are:

  • Wild life presenter Michaela Strachan
  • Former Made in Chelsea reality star Spencer Matthews
  • Journalist and TV presenter Sonali Shah 
  • Comedian Eshaan Akbar, a lapsed Muslim;
  • Traitors star Amanda Lovett,
  • Friday night dinner actor Tom Rosenthal
  • Former model Christine McGuinness

Travelling on foot and by bus, the pilgrims begin their adventure from the start of the 220km Pilgrim’s Way near St Winefride’s Well at Holywell.

In a journey taking two weeks, they will be faced with challenging paths and climbs as they traverse North Wales, tackling the foothills of spectacular mountain ranges.

Carrying their own backpacks, they’ll sleep in basic accommodation from a caravan to a climbers’ hut, as well as experiencing an eco-retreat in an ancient oak forest and a Buddhist meditation centre.

Created in 2011, the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way is linked by ancient churches, dedicated to sixth and seventh century saints, but also takes pilgrims through places of outstanding natural beauty in the mountain ranges of Eryri, also known as Snowdonia, and the North Wales coast path.

Watch the first hour-long episode of the series tonight (March 29) at 9pm on BBC Two.

The next two episodes will be shown on the following two Fridays at the same time.