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Corwen to Cynwyd

Starting at Corwen, the route follows the disused Corwen to Cynwyd Railway line, running alongside the River Dee, to Cynwyd village.

Distance: 3.6 km / 2.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy

The Corwen to Cynwyd railway was part of the Ruabon to Barmouth line, carrying holidaymakers to the coast. It opened in 1866 and closed in the 1968. The disused line has become an important wildlife habitat as the woodland and grassland edging the track has flourished. The clean waters of the nearby River Dee also support many plants and animals, including rarities such as Otter, Salmon and Freshwater Pearl Mussel. It is designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Area of Conservation) to conserve its wildlife value.

Llangar church was used from about 1291 until it was replaced by a new church in Cynwyd in 1874. Internally it retains many medieval features including wall paintings as well as a macabre 17th century figure of death. (The church is managed by Cadw who offer guided tours, telephone 01490 412025 in summer or 01483 336103 for further information.)

Look Out For … Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Greater Spotted Woodpecker climbing up the tree trunks looking for insects; slender Dunnocks and tiny Wrens in the scrub or Goldfinches feeding on the seedheads of grasses and thistles..