Date of event: Sun 11th Dec 2022
Level of event: Local (D)
Nearest town: Pont-rhyd-y-groes
The Hafod estate is a fantastic historic landscape that has been subject to a major restoration project over the last 25 years. The area is a great mix of runnable mature conifer and broadleaved woodland, with parkland and surprising spectacular features and unexpected views, the stunning Ystwyth river and interesting path networks.
Hafod is 12 miles south-east of Aberystwyth and recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape.
Its most celebrated owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816), built a new house in this remote location and laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural beauties in sympathy with the 'Picturesque principles' fashionable at the time, with circuit walks allowing the visitor to enjoy a succession of views and experiences. Johnes also used the land for farming, forestry, and gardening, in each case trying out new ideas and experimental methods. Hafod became an essential destination for the early tourist in Wales. Today the Hafod estate occupies some 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills. Most is owned by Natural Resources Wales who, in partnership with the Hafod Trust, is managing a conservation and restoration project with public and private funding.
- Nearest town: Pont-rhyd-y-groes
- Grid Ref: SN758732
- Postcode: SY25 6DX
- Latitude: 52.34125
- Longitude: -3.82687
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- Organiser: Robert Griffiths
Info for dog owners
Dogs under control are welcome please keep on leads in fields containing sheep.
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Posted by Terry Smith