Working with nature at Hafod y Llan

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and rock outcrops on Hafod y Llan farm © Joe Cornish

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and rock outcrops on Hafod y Llan farm

Hafod y Llan farm and the wider estate is a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) but most importantly, it's a living, breathing piece of Wales's rural upland heritage.

The landscape at Hafod y Llan

Here's an historically important farm on the south flanks of Snowdon, Lliwedd, and Aran mountains. There are cultural and archaeological signs at every bend in the Watkin Path that leads you to the summit of Snowdon.

The remains of impressive tramways and workers’ bunkhouses remind us of the Victorian slate quarries in Cwm Llan, whilst extensive copper mines dot the hillsides across the farm.

Walk into Bylchau Terfyn, a hanging bog valley, to admire carpets of cottongrass in June, or auburn deergrass in August.

Alternatively, follow the famous Watkin Path along a turquoise river with pools and waterfalls all the way up to the summit of Snowdon. The landscape is rugged and diverse, but welcoming to any adventurer.

Discover wildlife

You might come across a herd of Welsh Black cattle up on the mountains, or our famous Welsh mountain sheep, but the most impressive mammal found at Hafod y Llan is the feral goat.

These nimble animals find their way onto even the steepest cliffs of the mountains.
From the rugged cliffs, look out as well for breeding choughs and peregrines, while in the woods you might catch a glimpse of the cuckoo or pied flycatchers who fill spring and summer air with their songs.

Explore our habitats

Hafod y Llan is the result of generations of sheep, goat, and cattle farming, and the habitats we find here now reflect this.

Primroses and bluebells carpet the wooded oak and ash valleys in the springtime.

The uplands of the farm host rare species such as clubmosses taking advantage of the grazed heaths, and roseroot, and starry saxifrage in the less accessible areas.

Hike onto Lliwedd and not only will you walk through the usual dark heather, but also the largest population of dwarf juniper in the UK, 90% of it in fact.