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The Snowdonia & Meirionnydd Coast Path - Pennal

Pennal Chapels

Statue in PennalThe small linear village of Pennal which lies along the main Aberdyfi to Machynlleth Road appears insignificant – yet it played an important part in the history of Wales. In 1406 the Welsh prince, Owain Glynd?r, wrote a famous letter now known as the ‘Pennal Letter’ – a letter to the French King Charles VI, laying out his plans for an autonomous Wales. The letter is kept in French archives but you can see a copy of it in the village church of St Peter Ad Vincula.

The Church is very much a shrine to the last leader of an independent Wales. In the graveyard there is a bronze statue of Owain Glynd'r, which was commissioned by a number of well-known personalities, including Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, who wrote ‘Stairway To Heaven’ and a number of other songs while staying at a remote cottage between here and Machynlleth.

For evening meals, look no farther than the Glan Yr Afon/Riverside country inn opposite the church at the centre of Pennal which has over the last few years built up an excellent reputation for quality cuisine. Other than that it’s a quiet village and a good taste of real rural Wales with its single pub and village shop, a stop off for most sitting below the forested hillsides on the main road route from Machynlleth to the coast.

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