The little market town of Corwen has punched above its weight for many centuries. Occupying a strategic spot at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains beside a wide sweep of the River Dee, it’s been visited in turn by sixth century saints, invading and defending armies, cattle drovers and Victorian coach passengers. So this “ Crossroads to Wales” has had plenty of practice in welcoming travellers. Nowadays they come for the food and drink, a sense of history and to explore one of Britain’s loveliest protected landscapes. Corwen is a Walkers are Welcome town and if you download our short circular tour, with a detour up Pen y Pigyn hillside, it is a great place to start. The North Berwyn Way, which climbs the wild mountains between Corwen and Llangollen, is a bit more of a challenge.
Corwen will always be associated with Owain Glyndwr. You won’t get far in the town and the surrounding area without finding reminders of the last native-born Prince of Wales. You certainly can’t miss the life-size statue of Owain astride his battle horse in The Square – right opposite the hotel that bears his name. Three miles to the west at Llidiart-y-Parc is the mound from which he launched his revolt against English rule. Corwen is the ancestral home of Wales’s national hero, the mythic figure who’s said to lie sleeping until his country’s greatest need. Now part of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it remains a landscape fit for heroes.