The Restored Walks


Peiran Falls
Peiran Falls

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If you prefer to make an unaccompanied visit, there are five way-marked walks, of varying length and difficulty, enable visitors to explore the Hafod landscape on foot.
All are signed from the church car park, where a guide map can be purchased from a dispensing machine (takes 2 x £1 coins).
The guide map is also available from Tourist Information Centres, by post from the Estate Office, or through this website using PayPal (go to Publications).

More information about the Hafod Estate and the walking trails can be found on the Natural Resources Wales' web site.


Lady’s walk (Moderate; 3.6 km)

One of two classic circular routes created by Thomas Johnes in his first years at Hafod and described by many early visitors. It takes in scenery that varies widely in character, contrasting the relatively gentle landscape of open parkland with narrow wooded valleys and rushing streams.

Alpine Bridge
Alpine Bridge

Ystwyth Gorge Walk (Moderate; 1.5 km loop)

- connecting with Lady’s and Gentleman’s Walks. A spectacular route with views of the Ystwyth in its rocky gorge. The river is crossed by means of the Chain Bridge - a narrow suspension bridge restored on its historical site. Gradients are relatively gentle, but it is not a route suitable for those who dislike steep drops beside the path.

Gentleman’s Walk (Strenuous; 6km)

Start of walk is 1.6 km from the car park. The second celebrated Picturesque circuit created by Johnes. Starting at the Alpine Bridge, it passes through wilder scenery and steeper ground than the other walks at Hafod. It connects with several public footpaths, and has a branch leading to the Cavern Cascade.

Bedford Monument
Bedford Monument, 1805

Coed Hafod Walk (Moderate; 1.2 km one way.

4km circular distance from car park using other estate paths or drives for the return route.
This walk through different woodland types with varied wildlife is particularly colourful in spring. It affords fine views over the parkland and to distant hills.

Bedford Monument Walk (Moderate; 1.6 km)

A short and relatively gentle walk, with two short steeper sections. There are good views over the estate, especially from the obelisk. Mariamne’s Garden (not yet restored) can be visited from this route.

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, much of the Hafod Estate is designated Open Access land. In practice, little has changed, as the Forestry Commission has long had a policy of permitting free access on foot.

Walkers should take note of any restrictions in place due to forestry operations, observe the Country Code, and respect the privacy of residents. Access Guidelines.



Ordnance Survey Explorer Map No.213, at 1 : 25000, shows the public rights of way in and around Hafod.

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