Hafod y Llan Farm
Hafod y Llan stretches from the valley bottom at Nant Gwynant up the steep, dramatic slopes of Snowdon. From the campsite on the farm you can walk up the Watkin Path, past the remnants of Cwm Llan's industrial past, through a National Nature Reserve and up to the peak of the highest summit in Wales and England.
A way of life
Hafod y Llan is the largest farm that we manage ourselves and is home to hardy Welsh mountain ewes, Welsh Black cattle, a couple of alpacas and some stunning scenery.
The team consists of Farm Manager, Arwyn Owen and three shepherds, Elgan, Roger and Trefor. Work is interwoven with the seasons, with activity peaking during the lambing season in early spring, shearing in early summer and the gathering of stock down off the higher slopes in early autumn.
Nurturing nature on the farm
Part of the farm is designated as a National Nature Reserve and is rich in blanket bog, heath and juniper habitats as well as important oak woodlands.
The team work closely with our conservation ranger and area rangers to ensure the land is managed in a way that benefits nature. We're planting more trees, monitoring the vegetation and repairing eroded footpaths, in addition to actively shepherding the flock so as to move the sheep away from sensitive plants.
A farm that’s fit for the future
In a bid to reduce our carbon footprint and move towards a more sustainable, cleaner future we’ve installed renewable technology on the farm – from a solar panel on the cattle shed roof, to a biomass boiler heating the office and a ground source heat pump heating Hen Dy holiday cottage. The steep slopes and abundance of water also mean we’ve been able to install a hydro-electric scheme.
A rich and varied past
Hafod y Llan has been in our care since 1998, but the tales surrounding this beautiful place extend back much further.