Sometimes the greatest legends are contained in the tiniest details. Explore around the back of the 13th-century church of Saint Mael and Saint Sulien in Corwen and you’ll find the priest’s doorway. The lintel above is carved with a cross.
This is said to be the mark made by Wales’s national hero, Owain Glyndwr, when he hurled down his dagger from Pen y Pigyn hillside in a rage.
Follow Corwen’s town trail (one of eight in Denbighshire) to see the ancient church and gaze in wonder at the life-size bronze statue of Owain, last native-born Prince of Wales, astride his battle horse in the square.
And from the oak woodland of Coed Pen y Pigyn high above the town, with the River Dee laid out before you like a ribbon, look east towards his ancestral home and the earthwork mound where he launched a national revolt against English rule in 1400.
Start: Green Lane car park, Corwen LL21 0DN