Under the Welsh Berwyn mountains and by the banks of the River Dee, you’ll find Corwen town. Corwen’s foundational economy is farming, and, given the beautiful countryside around it, you won’t be stuck for local foods or rambling walks, making Corwen a wonderful location for a self-catered cottage. In fact, by June, you can take part in the ‘Walks with Wildlife’ event, touring the local woods and learning more about the natural habitat of Northern Wales. Alternatively, Adventure Mountain contains lots of bike trails and parks, perfect for a picnic and a ride around with the kids. Visit the Amgueddfa Corwen museum to learn more about the town’s heritage, and then stop by one of the town's local pubs. There’s lots of quaint shops to browse, and don’t forget to pop by Corwen Manor – the old workhouse – for its fascinating, rich history and fine selection of anything from fishing gear to gifts.
Corwen is still immersed in its ancient history, as shown by a Norman Castle’s motte, St Mael and St Sulien Church, dating back to the 13th century, and also the Rhug Chapel, built by none other than William Salesbury. Most famous is the town for its connection to Owain Glyndwr, who, back in 1400, claimed he was the Prince of Wales, and strongly rebelled English rule for over ten years. Since 2007, a bronze statue of him sits in the town square.
To see the surrounding areas in traditional style, hop on a Llangollen Heritage steam-locomotive. It runs for ten miles along the River Dee, going through the post-card perfect Dee Valley, back into Corwen. In just a ten-minute drive, you can visit the little town of Glanrafon, home to The Glassblobbery. Here in the old church hall hangs intricate and colourful glass art, owned by artisan couple Wendy and David.
A small town filled with friendly locals and unique stories, Corwen is an ideal place for a quiet, rejuvenating retreat with the family or friends.