Corwen Old Police Station is an imposing building in the town centre of Corwen offering self catering and bed and breakfast accommodation. There are many facilities close by; within a minute’s walk you will find a bank, post office, butchers, bakers, delicatessens, off licence, chemist, grocers and greengrocers. The leisure centre and the trim trail are a short walk away; there’s a children’s play park and shops in town to buy sweets, newspapers, gifts and ice cream.
Don’t forget a journey on the Llangollen Heritage Railway one of the major tourist attractions in North Wales. Carrying over 100,000 passengers per annum, and now extended to Dwyrain Corwen East; a journey on the train is one of the best ways to see the stunning views of the Dee Valley and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in comfort.
Corwen was once the hub for road and rail access to the North and West coasts of North Wales and now it is central for many new and growing activities. It is ideally situated between the Welsh Border Lands and Snowdonia National Park giving quick and easy access to the towns of Betws y Coed, Llangollen, Bala and Ruthin, to name but a few.
I hope that my enthusiasm for the area is infectious and that my knowledge of the area will be helpful to you during your stay; Not only do we have great cycling and mountain biking in the area, there are also lots of other things to do from fabulous walks, historic castles, buildings and gardens, market towns, canals, country parks, high ropes, canoeing, climbing, fishing ... you name it, we have it, all within a stunning setting.
The property has immediate access to miles of walking and cycling routes and the Brenig Way, a 32 mile promoted route for walkers from Corwen to Llyn Brenig, runs alongside the property. One of the best ways to explore the rich history of Corwen and the surrounding countryside is on foot and starting from the town centre, easy-to-follow, way marked circular trails take you to some of the best local sites for wildlife and history.
The Corwen walking festival is held annually during August and the reason why it’s here is because there are walks to suit everyone, whether your requirement is a gentle stroll or a strenuous mountain walk.
The surrounding area contains much of historic interest; narrow country lanes lead to quiet villages and bustling market towns, all with their old Parish churches and, from the mid-Victorian religious revival era, an abundance of chapels of every non-conformist persuasion in a rich variety of architectural styles. Many may be off the beaten tourist track but that is part of the pleasure in exploring this delightful part of Wales.The nearby Rhug Estate is one of the largest organic properties in the UK, offering a wonderful shopping experience within its purpose built oak and cedar farm shop, selling many high quality local Welsh and organic products.
There is a takeaway serving home-produced organic burgers and bacon cooked on charcoal grills plus a Bistro, "The Bison Grill”, which produces all its meals from scratch using the Estate’s own award winning meat. You can see why it is worth paying a visit!
The Estate also offers, by arrangement, canoeing, fishing, shooting, survival training, rally car testing and off road go karting.
Tyddyn Llan in nearby Llandrillo is now considered to be one of Wales' finest restaurants, with a high rating in the 2014 Good Food Guide, a Michelin Star and winner of the 2014 Cheshire Life Hotel of Excellence Award.
Back in town there’s a choice of fish and chips, kebabs, pizza, a good Indian restaurant and take away. There are pubs in the town or if you don’t mind a short drive, there’s a selection of inns nearby serving very good bar meals.
Visit Llangollen and you can find peace and quiet by the River Dee or walk alongside the Llangollen canal, one of the most beautiful and most popular in Britain; There are horse-drawn boat trips from Llangollen Wharf or you can walk along to the Horseshoe Falls, where you can relax, unwind and take a dip.
Don't forget to visit the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain. It was built by Thomas Telford, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a music festival which takes place every year during the second week of July. Singers and dancers from around the world are invited to take part in over 20 high quality competitions followed each evening by concerts where the best and most colourful competitors share the stage with professional artists.
You might have thought the story of two women who ran away together and set up home in Wales would have caused a scandal at the turn of the eighteenth century, Far from it, visit Plas Newydd a short walk from Llangollen town centre to hear their story.
You may wish to discover the remote yet magical location of nearby Valle Crucis Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1201AD or take a walk up to Castell Dinas Bran - the castle was built c. 1260AD, and has gorgeous views over the Dee Valley.
Cycling and Mountain Biking:
Denbighshire has many cycling jewels; the Clwydian Range and Hiraethog have some of the best bridleway cycle route networks in the country that pass through a landscape of outstanding beauty. Cycling is just one activity that has been embraced in the redevelopment of the property and whether off-road, on-road or stunt riding the area is a mecca for bikers and Corwen is a good base.
Whatever your tastes from down hilling to cross country, canal tow-paths to steep forestry we have it all. The terrain is uniquely diverse allowing for all disciplines of cycling to be carried out within a small radius of Corwen. From family cycling to challenging black routes and everything in between, the scenery in the area is a stunning backdrop for your holiday.
The Alwen Trail and Brenig Trail are family friendly routes for all ages and abilities, and you are never far from tea and cakes at the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre.
The Conwy Valley offers a variety of cycling terrains as the big climbs and descents of the Gwydyr Forest strike into the heart of Snowdonia. Challenging rides on forest roads give way to exhilarating downhill single track, weaving through trees and boulders and plunging through streams. The Marin Trail is a classic, and one of the first single track mountain bike trails in the UK, while the Penmachno Trails offer 30km of rides managed solely by a group of local volunteers.
Llandegla Forest is one of the best places for mountain biking in the UK, with trails suitable for beginners, families and those who want to be challenged! Cycle hire and training are available at the centre as well as an award winning café and shop which will cater to your every need. During the spring, early risers can even get a glimpse of one of Wales’ rarest bird, the black grouse at the Coed Llandegla through an RSPB viewing scheme, followed by a hearty breakfast.
Llangollen downhill trail is considered among the most brutal of the UK downhill race venues. It is unfathomably steep in places with a loose, slippery and rocky surface which will test even the most skilled riders.
Forestry Commission Wales' mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin forest is home to an ever increasing network of fantastic hand built all-weather single tracks.