THE LOCAL AREA
Hafod Farm lies in the heart of Northern Snowdonia in the beautiful Conwy Valley. We are literally surrounded by stunning scenery with a multitude of activities to partake in.
Betws y Coed is rapidly becoming a Mecca for Mountain Biking, home of the famous Marin Route, a challenging 25km ride through the stunningly beautiful Gwydir Forest just 1km north of the village, while to the south of the village there are two further routes totalling 50km soon to open.
Beics Betws has been operating as a bike hire facility in Betws y Coed for 17 years and is one of the most experienced providers in the UK.
Open seven days a week throughout the year they cater for enthusiasts and beginners alike.
The Betws-y-Coed Llugwy is a superb river, with sections to suit all paddlers. It is one of the most popular canoeing rivers in the UK. Together with the River Conwy, it forms an intricate network of canoeing rivers surrounding Betws-y-Coed and Hafod Farm.
The various sections go at different water levels. It was, and probably still is, one of the last major Welsh challenges: to paddle the Llugwy from source to sea, without portages, in one fell swoop.
The River Conwy at Llanrwst is a stretch of water for the more experienced canoers, however between Dolgarrog and Conwy (the estuary of the river) the water is calm and provides excellent canoeing water for all canoe enthusiasts.
Hill Walking / Climbing
Betws-y-Coed is broadly encircled by the great Gwydir Forest. In winter and spring, the paths are muddy and special care & attention is required. But in summer, this forest is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Although Public Footpaths are marked by yellow posts, keep a map of the area at close hand to avoid and witness from a safe distance the many disused mine shafts dotted around the forest.
SWALLOW FALLS (RHAEADR EWYNNOL)
This waterfall on the Afon Llugwy just west of Betws-y-Coed has become a familiar natural celebrity over the past 100 years and has featured on film, postcard and canvas. While its principal viewpoints are situated on the south bank of the Llugwy with the convenience of ample parking along the A5 and within the hotel car park, it is observed far more dramatically if approached on foot along the northern bank.
Just outside Betws y Coed, crossing the river Llugwy, is the Miners Bridge. Originally built for the miners to get across the river to work this is now quite a tourist attraction in the area because of the unusual and very steep angle of the bridge. The walkway itself has struts across to provide a good grip underfoot while crossing.
LLANRWST - Llanrwst is a very ancient town, as it is mentioned as early as 954 AD.
The approach to the church is enhanced by the neat row of almshouses so admirably built that it is hard to realise their age.
Attached to the Church on the south side is the Gwydir Chapel, which was erected by Sir Richard Wynn in the year 1633 from a design of Inigo Jones. The chapel is a square building and its beautiful fretted roof is said to have been brought from Aberllechog Abbey, Maenan.In Winter, Llanrwst is prone to flooding, but in summer is famous for the bridge over the river Conwy with the Café covered in creepers.