T8 Chester – Corwen

Chester - Corwen

This is a feast for scenery and heritage lovers – a journey that combines history, architecture and eclectic life in Chester with idyllic North Wales villages, hills, valley and water, before nestling in the pretty town of Corwen.


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No. of Attractions:

6 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour and 30 minutes

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Starting point:

Chester Bus Interchange E

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Journey fact:

Corwen is home to the Llangar Old Parish Church, which dates back to the 13th century and is the only surviving complete medieval church in Wales with an intact thatched roof.

Journey Overview

This amazing journey starts in Chester, an historic city on the River Dee, with its ancient walls, impressive cathedral, and Tudor-style buildings, as well as a famous racecourse. As the bus makes its way towards the countryside, customers can enjoy views of the River Dee and its lush green banks. The bus passes through Padeswood, Mold, and Gwernmynydd where customers are treated to idyllic views of green fields and farmland, with gently rolling hills stretching out to the horizon. Along the way, there’s views of farmhouses, barns, and fields of crops and grazing animals.

As the bus heads towards Loggerheads, the scenery becomes more dramatic, with steep hillsides covered in dense woodland. Loggerheads itself is a charming village nestled in the heart of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a rocky river running through the centre. The area is known for its spectacular walks, with paths leading through lush forests and past cascading waterfalls.

Enthralment heightens further as the  bus then passes through Tafarn Y Gelyn, Llanfferes, Llanarmon yn lal, and Ruthin, all picturesque villages with traditional stone houses and historic churches. In Ruthin, customers can enjoy views of the impressive Ruthin Castle, a  medieval fortress that dates back to the 13th century. From here, the bus travels through the rugged moorland of the Denbighshire hills, with fabulous vistas of the rolling countryside stretching out for miles.

As the bus approaches Llanfair and Pwllglas, customers can admire the Berwyn Mountains, with their jagged peaks and rugged terrain. The scenery here is wild and remote. The bus then passes through Gwyddelwern, a small village with a pretty church and a pub, before arriving in Clawdd Poncen, where customers can enjoy views of the River Dee as it flows towards Corwen.

The journey ends in Corwen, a small town on the banks of the River Dee, with views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Here, customers can explore the historic town centre, with its traditional Welsh buildings and charming independent shops and cafes. The area is renowned for its outdoor activities, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling, and fishing in the nearby mountains and rivers. It’s a fitting final resting point on a journey that is fascinating and at times breathtaking!

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By Avanti rail services from London and the Midlands or Merseyrail from Liverpool and Northern from Manchester as well as Transport for Wales services from Holyhead and also South Wales.

A Fab Day Out!

Starting in Chester, customers can discover one of the UK’s best-preserved walled cities, with plenty of Roman and medieval architecture to explore. The city’s top attractions include the iconic Eastgate Clock, Chester Cathedral, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the unique Rows shopping galleries, as well as the famous Chester Racecourse, a few minutes from the centre. Be sure to take a stroll along the River Dee and explore the city’s many parks and gardens.

As the bus heads out of Chester, customers pass through a mix of rural countryside and charming small towns. In Padeswood and Gwernymynydd, a hike through the beautiful Moel Famau Country Park is very memorable, so too exploring the nearby Loggerheads Country Park with its stunning wooded valleys and streams. Mold is another lovely town with a rich history, including a medieval castle and the iconic Bailey Hill.

Llanferres is another charming village worth stopping off at and is known for its historic church and beautiful countryside views. Nearby, there’s the lovely Llyn Aled reservoir, perfect for fishing, boating, or simply enjoying a picnic on the shore.

As the bus approaches Ruthin, the stunning medieval castle is perched on a hilltop overlooking the town. Ruthin is a great, really absorbing place to stop and explore, with a wealth of historic architecture, charming shops and cafes, and a lively weekly market.

Continuing along the route, Llanfair and Pwllglas are both lovely places to stop for a stroll or a cup of tea, while Gwyddelwern is a small but charming village with a fascinating history.

Finally, the bus arrives in Corwen, a bustling market town with plenty to see and do. The town is home to the historic Corwen Railway Museum, the impressive Carrog Bridge, and a number of great pubs and restaurants. It’s also an excellent base for exploring the nearby Berwyn Mountains, with plenty of hiking trails and outdoor activities to enjoy.

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