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Welsh bothy set for repairs

Posted 5 October 2012
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Welsh bothy set for repairs
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Visitors to the countryside may love to do more than just drive to a car park, put on their hiking boots, go walking and then head home again.

Of course, such an undertaking is a wonderful way to spend a free day, particularly for those with limited free time. But for people able to make a weekend of it, there are options beyond the usual comforts of hotels and B&Bs - or even the more limited charms of hostels and bunkhouses.

Bothies provide one option for those keen to explore a bit further, being former shepherd's huts or cottages of small size but exceedingly convenient location in remote spots, often constituting the only accommodation in a particular area, or at least removing the need for a long walk to and from paid-for accommodation.

While generally thought of as a Scottish option for exploring the remoter parts of the highlands, there are still bothies in England and Wales.

The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) owns seven of these in Wales and one of them, Nant Rhys, is set to have its roof removed and replaced this month. At present its upper room is unusable until the work is completed.

MBA members will start work on the 6th and continue until October 14th, with the work party incorporating the Wales Area meeting of the organisation.

During this time, the bothy will of course be out of action, with members asked to consider bringing tents for shelter due to the absence of the roof, but once the work is completed it will offer a better facility for visitors to mid-Wales.

Located on Forestry Commission land east of Aberystwyth, it is one of two bothies in the area, the other being Nant Syddion slightly to the west.  

Mid-Wales visitors can also use the Moel Prysgau bothy, which had its own roof renewed a year ago, while Grwyne Valley offers accommodation in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia's visitors can use the bothies of Arenig Fawr, Dulyn and Penrhos Isaf.