Working with nature at Hafod y Llan
A large part of Hafod y Llan farm is designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). But, just as important is the fact that it is a living, breathing piece of Wales's rural upland heritage.
The landscape at Hafod y Llan
Here is a historically important hill 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 as you make your way up to the summit of Snowdon. The landscape is rugged and diverse, but welcoming to any adventurer.
You might come across our traditional herd of Welsh Black cattle up on the mountain, or our famous Welsh mountain sheep, but another mammal you might also see at Hafod y Llan is the feral goat.
These nimble animals can find their way onto even the steepest cliffs on the mountains.
From the rugged cliffs, look out 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 Wales, 90% of it in fact.