Winter Hiking in the Cambrian Mountains
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th January 2018
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The Cambrian Mountains are one of Wales' best-kept secrets, nestled between Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. Join us for a winter wake-up next January as we explore this beautiful and remote region, taking in sweeping landscapes and a rich cultural history that have inspired artists and writers alike.
The Cambrian Mountains are one of the few remote areas left in Southern Britain, boasting one of the lowest levels of light pollution, and one of the few places left where we can escape the sounds of traffic. From the high ground there are seemingly endless and colourful vistas, dotted with small jewelled lakes.
Its strong sense of openness, wildness and variety of habitats characterises the area - across the mountains there are bogs, heather moors and lakes of the uplands down to the native woodlands and tumbling rivers in the valleys below, some of which lead to some striking waterfalls. The habitats are also rich in wildlife with over 100 species of breeding bird recorded! The mountains were also the last refuge of the red kite in the British Isles – down to just a single breeding female in the 1930s. It was the wildness of the area and a few locals who saved it from extinction. The importance of the Cambrian Mountains is nationally recognised, with more than fifty Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and six European Special Areas of Conservation totalling over 13,400 hectares.
Arriving on Friday evening we'll meet the EC Host and our Mountain Leader Paul who knows the best hiking routes and spots in the area and can make sure we get the most out of our weekend! After a quick briefing from Paul we'll get an early night and then be up on Saturday morning ready for a full day's hike exploring this beautiful region starting right outside our door. We'll spend the day winding up to the plateaus and down into the valleys, exploring wintry moorland, swirling streams and pockets of ancient woodland. Bring your binoculars as we might see some of the many bird species soaring next to us on the windy updrafts from the valleys!
We'll come back to the hostel in the evening to warm ourselves by the wood stove and share a home-cooked meal together. On Sunday we'll have another full days' hike exploring new areas, taking in the stunning scenery and enjoying the fresh air together before heading back home in the afternoon.
If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals. Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. What we all share is a love for adventure!
We'll be staying at Ty’n Cornel Hostel, the most remote hostel in Wales, but the accommodation that it provides is comfortable and welcoming. It lies in splendid isolation 7 miles from Llanddewi Brefi village, in the beautiful Doethie valley.
The hostel has plenty of character. This 19th century former farmhouse has thick stone walls, quarry tile floors, and ceilings with exposed beams. The common room offers traditional wooden bench seats (including a Victorian settle) as well as softer seating. Recent additions such as an efficient wood-burning stove, built-in wooden bunks, and mains electricity provide comfort and convenience whilst preserving the character of the hostel. There is a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a fridge, an electric shower, and separate male/female washrooms and toilets. Eco-friendly features include photovoltaic solar panels, which replace about 50% of the electricity consumed.
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Please note you're not likely to need crampons but you're welcome to bring them if you wish.
- 2 full days of guided hikes across the Cambrian Mountains with a qualified Mountain Leader
- 2 nights' accommodation in the cosy and remote Ty'n Cornel Hostel
- 2 x breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning
- 1 x home-cooked dinner on Saturday night
- EC Host for the weekend
- Discounted earlybird price for EC CLUB members - £149 (if deposit paid before 3 November 2017)
- Discounted earlybird price for non EC CLUB members - £164 (if deposit paid before 3 November 2017)
- Standard price for EC CLUB members - £164
- Standard price for non EC CLUB members - £179
You'll need to pay a £75 deposit to secure your place with the remaining balance due by 15 December 2017.
If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.