The Club owns and runs its own cottage in Dinas Mawddwy, mid-Wales, which is in an excellent location for the Arrans, the Rhinogs and Cader Idris. It is also short drive from the Snowdon area. A few minutes walk takes you into the village and notably to the Red Lion which does a good pint and excellent meals. Bryn Golau is in use throughout the year by club members and many other mountaineering clubs and organisations.
Bryn Golau was once a shepherd’s cottage and is situated next to a little stream with superb views out across Dovey Valley (Dyffryn Dyfi). The cottage was a ruin when the club came to it, being little more than a pile of stones. The rebuild and conversion to a mountain hut took place over a number a years during the 1970’s. The members of the club raised the funds and did all the work themselves over a period of eight years.
Nick Escourt officially opened Bryn Golau in March 1977. Today the cottage gives pleasure to many visitors each year. It was featured in the July 2009 issue of Trail magazine: TM Video – Byrn Golau Cottage
Bryn Golau is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of 21st century life. The accommodation is basic but homely. It sleeps 17, divided into two rooms with a mix of bunk beds and an ‘alpine’ sleeping platform.
The washroom has a hot shower and wash basins.
Downstairs there is a living room with two large dining tables and some comfy chairs to relax in. Heat comes from a sizeable wood-burning stove which adds great character to the place. The stove also provides the heat for the drying room.
The kitchen is fully equipped with gas hobs and grills, pots, pans and cutlery. There is also a brick-built barbeque and picnic tables outside next to the stream providing a beautiful and tranquil place on summer evenings.
The hut has no mains electricity or gas pipeline so cooking and hot water both rely on bottled propane gas. A new 12V electric lighting system has been installed to take advantage of the plentiful supply of wind in the area.
We are not able to take any bookings for the foreseeable future and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Bryn Golau is situated at the southern end of the Snowdonia national park, an area which remains less crowded that the northern areas. The Mid-Wales Climbers Club guide covers the area and the local climbing is good at Cwm Cywarch, a large group of crags with many excellent routes. Particularly recommended are Will ‘the Wisp (VDiff**), Acheron (HVS***), Doom (VS***) and several ** and *** routes at higher grades.
There is some great cycling and MTB around the hut – here’s a Dinas cycling guide from a club member who is also a keen cyclist.