Mary Jones

We are right of the start of section 2 of the walk ideally situated for the second day of your journey following in the footsteps of Mary Jones on route to Bala

In 1800, when she was 15 years old, Mary Jones walked barefoot from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala to buy a Bible from Reverend Thomas Charles, an influential preacher and pioneer of Sunday Schools during a period of spiritual revival in the 1790s. Mary’s story was typical of a widespread thirst for the Bible and Christian teaching. Her walk and the demand for affordable Bibles for ordinary people was part of the inspiration for the foundation of Bible Society in 1804. From its start, the Society was dedicated to Bible work both at home and far beyond the British Isles, and today works in over 200 countries and territories. Mary’s story is well known throughout the world and, although a Bible exists containing Mary’s inscription, no details of the route she took have ever been found