Back to Basics | Welsh Bothy Experience
Feed your sense of adventure!
Suits Nature-lovers who can rough it
Nestled in the Elan Valley – an area pockmarked by reservoirs and woodland and known by very few – is a little bothy called Lluest Cwmbach. Refurbished by the volunteer-run and donation-funded Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), it offers a basic shelter from the elements comprising of sleeping platforms, a solid fuel stove (bring your own fuel), and even an outside toilet (a luxury for a bothy). As it’s far from the nearest towns and villages and their light pollution, it offers some of the best stargazing in Wales. Not bad for nothing – though note they are not bookable, so space is never guaranteed.
This trip is certainly one for the memory book!
This is a two-day event and full of challenges. If you want to put yourself outside of your comfort zone then this is the event for you.
Option 1 – Bothy in Wales (free basic accommodation)
Nestled in the Elan Valley – an area pockmarked by reservoirs and woodland and known by very few – is a little bothy called Lluest Cwmbach.
Refurbished by the volunteer-run and donation-funded Mountain Bothies Association (MBA), it offers a basic shelter from the elements comprising of sleeping platforms, a solid fuel stove (bring your own fuel), and even an outside toilet (a luxury for a bothy). As it’s far from the nearest towns and villages and their light pollution, it offers some of the best stargazing in Wales. Not bad for nothing – note they are not bookable, so space is never guaranteed!
Option 2 – Wild Camping
If sleeping in a bothy is not for you then why not bring along your own tent where you can retire in comfort of your own surroundings and you can snore to your heart's content!
This is a beautiful area and the weekend will certainly be a “back to nature” experience.
Day 1 – Saturday
We will be leaving the town of Rhayader and set off by foot to explore the local area via public footpaths. Walking just under 10 miles with our rucksacks on our back heading for Craig Goch Reservoir.
Saturday night we will sleep either in the bothy (see accommodation tab), or camp in our own tent in the land adjacent to the bothy. The evening will be spent around a camp fire, enjoying good conversation, cooking our own food and perhaps a few beers. There is very little light pollution here, so it is the perfect opportunity to do a bit of star gazing and perhaps some soul-searching.
If you have never slept in a bothy then why not try something new?
Day 2 – Sunday
We will enjoy crispy bacon sarnies and steaming hot steaming coffee before packing up and heading back to Rhayader. Today's walk is much shorter – just 6.45 miles, but just as scenic.
From here we will grab our cars and make the journey home knowing that we have had one fantastic experience – one for the memory box!
NEED TO KNOW
Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For this particular walk, everyone must carry their own gear as there is no public transport to our final destination.
Food & Drink
Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this trip, you will need to bring your own meals, along with any cooking facilities. We will supply a packing list, but you will need to carry all the items that you are taking as there is no road access to the Bothy.
Dogs are welcomed on this trip, however, we ask that if you are bringing along your furry friend then your accommodation for the night will be in your own tent rather than the bothy.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Children under the age of 18 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.
Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk. On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.