Mountain bothies are a very useful aid for people who like to go walking
in some very remote places, far from normal hotels, hostels or even campsites.
Some may lug heavy tents
around on their backs, but for many the best solution is to stay overnight in a bothy.
As the part of Britain with the most remote countryside, Scotland may be regarded as the obvious place to seek out bothies, with classic examples being the corrour Bothy in the Lairig Ghru.
Thi lies many miles from the habitations either side of the Cairngorms but perfectly located for ascents of the Munros of the western plateau.
However, the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has just announced the date for its annual general meeting and social gathering …. and it is not in Scotland.
Staged on October 20th, it will be taking place at Langwathby Village Hall in Cumbria.
The event - which is open to non-members - may offer a great opportunity to learnmore about just what is available beyond Scotland.
Northern England features nine bothies owend by the MBA, with two in the Lake District:
Warnscale Head Bothy located above Buttermere and Mosedale Cottage in a remote location in the east of the national park.
Also in Cumbria is Greg's Hut below the summit of Cross Fell, the highest English Peak outside the Lake District, plus Wainhoppe and Kershopehead bothies, both a few miles east of Carlisle.
The other four in England - Green, Haughtongreen, Spithope and Roughside - are all in the north-east.
Of course, not all bothies remain in that state. Originally built for the benefit of shepherds and others whose work involved being up in lonely places, some have actually been converted into youth hostels.
A prime example that many walkers will be familiar with is the Black Sail Hut in the western Lake District. Another is Skiddaw House, which, although no longer a full youth hostel, is a bunkhouse still owned by the Youth Hostel's Association.
The MBA also owns seven bothies in Wales, so while it remains the case that most such buildings exist in Scotland, those setting out for the hills with sleeping bags
in their backpacks
may note this is an accomodation option in more places than they might have thought.