I first visited Hafod Estate in early October 2019, it was a miserable, overcast day and I wasn’t really sure what photo opportunities I would get from this new location but I knew that there was at least one waterfall in the estate so I was optimistic I would be able to spend some time shooting one of my favourite subjects. By the end of the day I ended up being wetter than I have ever been whilst out taking photos but arrived home that evening and announced that Hafod had definitely made it into my top ten locations in Wales. Watch my latest vlog as head back to my favourite location for Autumn Photography...
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Location Information: Hafod Estate
Accessibilty: Several way marked trails starting from the main car park. Disabled parking and accessible trails further into estate (check notice board at main car park) Walks vary in length and difficulty. Estate map including walks can be purchased or viewed on information board in the main carpark.
Parking: Free. Large car park near Eglwys Newdydd Church.
Facilities: Information Board
The estate covers around 200 hectares of the Ystwyth valley and surrounding hills and has a number of waymarked paths allowing you to explore this picturesque woodland landscape. All the walks can be accessed from the main car park and details of the walks can be found on the information board here and guide maps of the walks are also available to purchase for £2 (2x £1 coins) from a dispensing machine at the information board. You’ll also find a few picnic tables and a disabled access portaloo in the main car park and there are also paid toilet facilities in the church nearby.
The good thing about the walks throughout Hafod is that you’re not just stuck to choosing one route and having to follow that track for its entirety. There is plenty of opportunity to mix and match and pick your photography targets for the day. My recommendation, especially if it's your first visit, is to head out on the Gentleman's Walk, at around 9 km in length it is the longest walk at Hafod and it can be quite steep in places but it does let you take in most of what the estate has to offer.
Which ever walk you choose, if you enjoy woodland photography, moss covered gorges and waterfalls then this place is definitely worth a visit!
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