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Vale Trail 9

Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk
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Cowbridge & The Rural Vale


Vale Trail 9

This circular route takes in the historic market town of Cowbridge, its surrounding fields and wooded paths. The places of interest are linked to one of the Vale’s most colourful characters, Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826). He was a romantic poet, political radical and humanitarian, who was the first to propose that Wales should have its own national institutions.

PLaces of interest

  • Old Hall Gardens
  • The Physic Garden
  • Iolo’s shop (now Costa Coffee)
  • The Bear Hotel
  • Stalling Down
  • St Quentin’s Castle

Who was Iolo Morgannwg?

Edward Williams(1747-1826), better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg, was undoubtedly one of Wales’s most colourful and intriguing sons.

During his life, he gathered an extraordinary fund of knowledge about poetry, language, literature, music, theology, philosophy, politics, religion, music, geology, agriculture and horticulture.

Born in the hamlet of Pennon in the parish of Llancarfan, he lived most of his life in a tiny cottage in Flemingston, Vale of Glamorgan. He styled himself  ‘Bard of Liberty’ and is known as one of founders of Welsh national consciousness.

Please be advised. We have received notification of cows in one of the fields along this route.

Advice for encountering cows on a footpath: Stay calm and maintain distance. Observe their behaviour, avoid getting between cows and calves. Walk around the field if uneasy. Don't approach or touch them. Control your dog if you have one. Use alternative routes if necessary. Report issues to authorities. Stay safe!

Travelling by Public Transport?

Plan your route using the Transport Planner. Follow the link for details of all the public transport routes in the Vale and help you plan your journey by rail, bus or on foot.

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