Walk of the week – Corris Village

Corris Village Walk

There are lots of lovely and varied walks just a short drive from Nyth Robin.  So in our ‘Walks of the Week-ish’ series, we’ll try some of these out and let you know all about it. 

Our second walk is the Corris Village walk which has plenty of variety, including the village of Corris, woodlands, old slate works and even a mini Italian village!

We followed this walk on Show Me Wales, starting at the Corris Craft Centre. The first part of the walk takes you on a circular walk of the pretty village of Corris and along the Dulas river. If you fancy just a  shorter stroll you can just do this loop which is about 1.4 miles/ 2.3km. In Corris, there’s a village shop and Slaters Arms pub.

For a longer walk, the route then heads uphill out of the village and has a couple of interesting places on the way. Nestled in the garden of a cottage, just before the woodlands, you’ll find Little Italy.

This model Italian garden was built by a local resident, Mark Bourne, and was inspired by his travels to Italy and its Renaissance architecture. It is in the process of being restored, so you can admire Mr Bourne’s amazing work just from the pathway, but there’s plenty to see from there. 

The walk then takes you uphill through pine woodlands, where at the top you’ll find the remnants of Cwmodyn quarry that was worked between 1860 and the early 1950s. Some buildings still remain and include a slate mill, workers cottages and a canteen. There is also a great view back over the valley from here, and a good place to take a breather before heading back down to the road. 

Following the directions and signposts, you’ll find yourself back on the road heading back towards the Corris Craft Centre. During the warmer months, you’ll find a fab roadside cafe, The Shack in the layby – we love their doorstop cheese on toast with a mug of tea. Or there is a good cafe with facilities at Corris Craft Centre.

We loved the variety of views and scenery this walk has and the extraordinary little Italian village. Rustin enjoyed some off-lead walking/ running along the river and up through the woods – he also loved exploring the old mining buildings.

In total, the walk is around 5km/ 3.1 miles and there are some good uphill sections once you leave the village. There’s plenty of parking at Corris Craft Centre which is also worth a visit so a great add on to this walk.

If you fancy this walk during your stay, just ask us for more information.

Sadie, Grant & Rustin

Nyth Robin