Geo-Trips :: An evening stroll in the Hafod estate

Hafod

A walk from Hafod estate car park, Tue, 2 Apr 2013 by Rudi Winter

The Hafod estate is located in the Ystwyth valley just upstream of Pont-rhyd-y-Groes. It has a dense network of tracks and paths both on the valley bottom and on the steep flanks either side. Some of the landscape features originating from the time when the area was a landscaped country estate have been restored, but it all fits in nicely with the character of an upland river valley. I live nearby, and while the evenings are light I sometimes go for a short stroll in the Hafod estate after work. On this occasion, I took the camera.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SN7673 : Hafod - paths near Rhaeadr Peiran by Rudi Winter
Hafod - paths near Rhaeadr Peiran
The path forks into two branches. The one straight on (blue marker) descends... more

SN7673 : Hafod - Rhaeadr Peiran by Rudi Winter
Hafod - Rhaeadr Peiran
Since most of the snow is still on the ground in the mountains, the waterfall is... more

SN7673 : Hafod - tall trees in the gorge by Rudi Winter
Hafod - tall trees in the gorge
Looking up from the path by the side of the Nant Peiran, a short distance upstream... more

SN7673 : Hafod - bridge across the Nant Peiran by Rudi Winter
Hafod - bridge across the Nant Peiran
Just before the stream meets the Afon Ystwyth, looking upstream from the path that... more

SN7673 : Hafod - Afon Ystwyth by Rudi Winter
Hafod - Afon Ystwyth
The river bed of the Afon Ystwyth just downstream of the first part of the Ystwyth... more

SN7673 : Afon Ystwyth by Rudi Winter
Afon Ystwyth
The pebbles in the river bed tell of past floods. Another one may be on its way... more

SN7673 : Snow on Esgair Milwyn by Rudi Winter
Snow on Esgair Milwyn
Looking back upstream along the path beside the Afon Ystwyth. Some of the recent... more

SN7672 : Afon Ystwyth, Hafod Uchtryd by Rudi Winter
Afon Ystwyth, Hafod Uchtryd
The Afon Ystwyth seen from the forest path on its northern bank. At this point... more

SN7673 : Afon Ystwyth from the Hafod viewpoint by Rudi Winter
Afon Ystwyth from the Hafod viewpoint
Near the old Hafod mansion (now ruined) http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3575615 ,... more

SN7573 : Look on my works ye mighty by Rudi Winter
Look on my works ye mighty
Two lawn terraces and steps of stone. Nothing beside remains of what once was the... more

SN7573 : Ruins of Hafod mansion by Rudi Winter
Ruins of Hafod mansion
The derelict building was demolished in 1958, but the rubble was left in place,... more

SN7573 : Hafod estate offices by Rudi Winter
Hafod estate offices
The former stables next to the ruins of the old mansion... more

SN7573 : Hafod estate track by Rudi Winter
Hafod estate track
There are three parallel tracks on the level area at the front of the old mansion... more

SN7673 : Sheep pasture, Hafod estate by Rudi Winter
Sheep pasture, Hafod estate
The sheep get excited if you walk up the grassy path in the evening; presumably... more

SN7673 : Footpath in the Hafod estate by Rudi Winter
Footpath in the Hafod estate
The grassy path leads up the side of Middle Hill from the ruins of the old mansion... more

SN7673 : Middle Hill, Hafod estate by Rudi Winter
Middle Hill, Hafod estate
The footpath climbs gently around the side of Middle Hill towards the duck pond at... more

SN7673 : Ancient tree, Hafod estate by Rudi Winter
Ancient tree, Hafod estate
This beauty stands at the edge of the forest on Cefn Creigiau. There is a... more

SN7673 : Dry valley below Pendre, Hafod estate by Rudi Winter
Dry valley below Pendre, Hafod estate
This shallow dry valley separates Middle Hill (on the right) from the much more... more

SN7673 : Across Cwm Ystwyth by Rudi Winter
Across Cwm Ystwyth
The river is out of sight at the bottom of the steep drop in the foreground. The... more

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