The new bothy at Cae Amos. Photo: MBA

The new bothy at Cae Amos. Photo: MBA

A former climbing hut in Snowdonia has opened as a shelter available to all outdoor enthusiasts.

Cae Amos, which was originally a hill farm, has been renovated by the Mountain Bothies Association.

It can now be used, free of charge, by outdoor enthusiasts. The building, which is about 200 years old, is a two-storey traditional slate roof Snowdonia farmhouse with adjacent barns and has a multifuel stove.

It served as a climbing hut for about 50 years and lies in the South-West of the national park, in the Cwm Pennant.

An MBA spokesperson said: “The surrounding land continues to be active sheep pasture and dog owners are requested to keep their pets under strict control at all times.

“Intending users arriving in the area by car are asked to note that there is no vehicle access to the bothy. The recommended approach is from Garn Dolbenmaen to the West where there is a public car park.”

The MBA charity was established in 1965. It has about 3,800 members and, with the consent and support of their owners, undertakes the restoration and maintenance of a number of old cottages, huts and similar buildings throughout the wilder parts of Scotland, England and Wales for use as open shelters for walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Many of the buildings that are cared for by the MBA would otherwise have become derelict.

The association currently looks after almost 100 bothies. All of the restoration and maintenance work is undertaken by volunteers and is financed by member subscriptions and by donations.

The new Cae Amos bothy can be found at grid reference SH 517 454. Users should follow the bothy code.

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