On the trail of Owain Glyndŵr, the Welsh Braveheart

The heroic tale of Owain Glyndŵr and Wales’ last rebellion, 600 years ago, is told on a new tour. From the borders to the west coast, it follows in the footsteps of the last Welsh Prince of Powys

It all started with a dispute over a bit of land. A rich and powerful foreigner claimed some fields were his, a local was adamant they were not. There had already been other rich and powerful foreigners building holiday homes – whopping great crenellated ones – and when our local hero raised his flag, it all kicked off. The most recent Welsh rebellion was under way. It was 1400.

Our present-day Owain Glyndŵr tour starts in the countryside near Oswestry, where there is a lovely green hill and an oak tree with a small coat of arms nailed to it. “Some say he’s buried under there,” says Rob Laird, our guide on the trail of the Welsh hero, a trail launched this year to mark 600 years since he died. It will take us right across the country, from this border area to Cardigan Bay in the west.

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