A short route over the farmland of Yr Ysgwrn
Yr Ysgwrn is one of Snowdonia National Park’s most treasured assets. This traditional farmhouse set among the rolling hillsides of Trawsfynydd was the home of famous Welsh-language poet, Hedd Wyn. The poet’s work, history and home became symbols of the tragedy of the First World War.
This walk will take you across Yr Ysgwrn’s farmland, which is still a working farm to this day, with beautiful views of Snowdonia.
Why this path?
This easy walk begins at the Yr Ysgwrn site taking you past the famous farmhouse and along the site’s farmland. For those interested in the history of Yr Ysgwrn, how about combining the walk with a guided tour of Yr Ysgwrn farmhouse?
Dogs are not allowed on this walk.
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Snowdonia National Park Authority has categorised this route as an easy route. It is suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. The terrain is predominantly a well-formed track or path with some steps or surfaces that are gently undulating. Trainers or comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Start / Finish
Yr Ysgwrn Car Park
Relevant OS Map
OS Explorer OL18 (Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala)
Yr Ysgwrn and Hedd Wyn
Yr Ysgwrn and Hedd Wyn’s story are some of Snowdonia National Park’s most treasured assets. Hedd Wyn was a poet and shepherd and was one of many siblings who lived at Yr Ysgwrn.
The family led a typical rural Welsh life until the start of the First World War, when Hedd Wyn was drafted to the front as part of the ongoing war efforts. Prior to being drafted to the front, Hedd Wyn had submitted an entry to the Chair competition at the Birkenhead National Eisteddfod 1917.
Within a few weeks on the front, Hedd Wyn tragically lost his life at the Battle of Passchendaele on July 31, 1917.
During the Chairing ceremony at the Birkenhead Eisteddfod, it was announced that Hedd Wyn was victorious with his entry. It was also announced that the poet had tragically lost his life in the First World War.
The Eisteddfod Chair was draped in black, giving it the name ‘The Black Chair’. The Chair was later delivered to Yr Ysgwrn where it can be visited today.