Corwen is famous for its connections with the legendary Owain Glyndwr. For six years he fought the English, in what was nothing short of a battle for full Welsh independence. His superb military tactics and fierce charisma near unified a nation behind him, fighting the English to a standstill. Ultimately, however, his uprising was unsuccessful, though he was never caught, and to this day his ultimate fate is unknown. His disappearance has become a source of myth in the area, and his name is near ubiquitous in the Corwen area. There have been recent suggestions that the whereabouts of his resting place is known to his ancestors, but it remains a closely guarded family secret.
Glyndwr’s Mount is where it all began in 1400. Slighted by Baron Grey de Ruthyn, a landowning neighbour, Glyndwr called his followers to war at the Mount, some 300 of his best and began his raids on Ruthyn’s lands. The revolt spread quickly through Wales, until even Welsh students at Oxford left their studies to join with this Prince of Wales.
The Mount is still an impressive and imposing sight, and it is clear that it would have had a commanding presence in the valley. It stands proud beside the River Dee, overlooking the sacred waters. While there is no evidence of other defensive works associated with a motte, such as a bailey, a moat has been identified in the field to the east, and it has been suggested this would have been the site of Glyndwr’s home. The site itself would have been early Norman in origin, but certainly Owain made it his own. The 16 year old Henry of Monmouth (the future Henry V) laid waste to the area in 1403, burning to the ground Glyndwr's hall in the field below (the remains of the moat are all that remain) along with Glyndwr’s home in Sycharth, before engaging rebels at Shrewsbury later that year.
Park in a small layby opposite the Mount and take care in crossing the busy A5. There is a stile to a permissive path which leads up to the Mount. There is a small information panel which gives some detail about the Mount, while also pointing to other areas associated with Owain Glyndwr.