Discover Dr John Davies & the Red Bandits of Mawddwy

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  • Enjoy a walking tour with everything from whale bones to an atmospheric rectory

  • Discover how the Welsh language became a living language to the people of Wales

  • Explore Dr John Davies architectural masterpieces

Brigands Inn, Mallwyd, Powys, SY20 9HJ


Our usual start time is 10am and the tour and tea lasts at least two hours depending on your availability


Available Every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, all year.
Bespoke tours can be arranged, please contact us.


Adult : £15

Child (5-15) : £5 (under 5s free)

Family (two adults and up to three children) : one child goes free

Who can come

Everyone is welcome! 

Group size

1-5 5-10 10-25

An adventure into the superstitious world of the Mallwyd community where Dr John Davies scholar, Welsh Bible translator, architect and patron of poets upheld the faith against a background of the Red Bandits of Mawddwy and the coming of the English Civil War!

Arfon Hughes will take you back to the establishment of the church with St Tydecho and the history of Dr John Davies, Bible translator who introduced the Welsh language as a living language to the people of Wales.

The story of his work and times in a turbulent area of Red Bandits and times of tension regarding the Christian faith of Protestants and Catholics. Extracts from Gwynn ap Gwilym’s ‘Sgythia’ book will be read to create the atmosphere of the time.

Includes an exclusive visit to the Doctor's home in the rectory next door, and to his commissioned bridges in the area which are mentioned in Gwynn ap Gwilym's book.

This tour is exclusive to ExploreChurches.


Additional details

This tour is organised and managed by Teithiau Cerdded Dyfi Walking Tours .

Everyone is welcome! 

A treasure hunt can be provided for children. Groups of children and young people can be catered for with adequate notice.

We start and end the tour at the Brigands Inn, Mallwyd, SY20 9HJ.

Our usual start time is 10am and the tour and tea lasts at least two hours depending on your availability. If you have a specific interest do let us know!

Facilities & refreshments

Toilets are available at the Brigands Inn.

Refreshments are available at the Brigands Inn and can be arranged as part of the tour, please get in touch to discuss.

Free parking is available at the Brigands Inn, where there is space for cars, minibuses and coaches.


The church isn't fully accessible to independent wheelchair users, please ask us for details.

The route is suitable for most people but walking on a path and uneven / slippery steps sometimes require sturdy footwear. There will also be an opportunity to walk along a field (optional) to see a bridge (some could travel by car or coach). Suitable clothing for the weather is advisable.