The beautiful church of Pennant Melangell is situated two miles from the village of Llangynog at the Head of the Tanat Valley.
The first church is said to have been founded in the 7th century by Melangell, the daughter of an Irish king, who dwelt in the valley as a hermit. One day the Prince of Powys came hunting and a hare took refuge under Melangell’s cloak. The prince’s dogs fled howling and deeply impressed by her goodness, the prince gave the whole valley to Melangell as a sanctuary. Pennant Melangell has been a place of pilgrimage since this time and Melangell herself is the patron saint of hares.
Parts of the church date from the 12th century although it was partially rebuilt in 1990. Inside the church is a 15th century oak screen with carvings relating the story of Melangell and Prince Brochwel. The church tower contains a small shop and on the first floor is a display of old photographs of the area.