Hafod y Llan Farm

Sheep herding  at Hafod Y Llan

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.

The hydro intake weir at Hafod y Llan farm, Snowdonia

Turning water into a conservation win 

Find out how we're powering our places in Wales with hydro electricity.

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.

Ruined miner's building at Cwm Llan on Hafod Y Llan farm, Snowdonia,

Delve into the farm's fascinating past 

From prestigious footpaths to links with princes and remnants of an industrial era.

Staying at the farm

Welsh Black cow and calf amongst the cottongrass on Hafod Y Llan farm

Hafod y Llan walk, Craflwyn

See the impressive tumbling Cwm Llan waterfall, and the Welsh Black Cattle that are creating more diverse vegetation on the slopes of Bylchau Terfyn.