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Hafod (also known as Hafod Uchtryd)3821

Short Description

This was a significant landscape designed according to the principles of the Picturesque, and an essential destination for tourists in the late-18th to early-19th centuries. The mid-20th-century forested landscape is undergoing restoration to reveal the original Picturesque structure and scenic walks.

Visitor Facilities

Free car park (and portaloo). Small disabled car park near office. Nine miles of way-marked walks (free). Guided walks by arrangement. Online guidebook available.


upland, hilly

Plant Environment

  • Environment
  • Woodland Garden


  • Picturesque
  • Stable Block
  • Description: L-shaped building now converted to estate offices.
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  • Obelisk
  • Description: Monument to 5th Duke of Bedford, designed by W. Pocock.
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  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Description: Chain Bridge across Ystwyth Gorge, restored 2003.
  • Mansion House (featured building)
  • Description: Original building in Gothic style by Thomas Baldwin in 1784, additions by John Nash 1793-4; rebuilt after 1807 fire within same walls; extended in Italian Gothic style by Anthony Salvin 1847-50. The house as demolished in 1958.
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  • Walk
  • Description: Lady's Walk: circuit walk linking mansion to church and visiting Flower Garden and Peiran Falls.
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  • Walk
  • Description: Gentleman's Walk: circuit walk on south bank of Ystwyth, visiting two caves, numerous cascades, ancient woodland.
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  • Walk
  • Description: New Walk, now known as Ystwyth Gorge Walk: visits spectacular river scenery and restored chain bridge.
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details


Civil Parish

  • Ysbyty Ystwyth


This Picturesque landscape was laid out by Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) around his newly-built mansion. Subsequent owners changed little apart from ornamental plantings in the parkland. The Forestry Commission bought the estate in 1950. The house was demolished in 1958.


  • 18th Century
  • Late 18th Century
Associated People


01443 336000

Official Website


  • Forestry Commission (Welsh Assembly)

    Victoria Terrace, Aberystwyth, SY23 2DQ



  • Jennifer Macve