Cae Amos Bothy

Cae Amos Bothy is situated in the western side of Snowdonia National Park, close to the popular Llyn Peninsula.

Surrounded by miles of boggy wet marshland, reaching the stone cottage is like something from a child’s fairytale book. The property occupies a small plateau, sheltered by a few small trees. There’s running water from a fresh mountain spring just a few yards from the front door.

On entering this bothy there’s a strange feeling of entering someone else’s house, almost like we shouldn’t be there. The place is so well kept by the local Mountain Bothy Association that Cae Amos really feels like home.

Comfortable armchairs lay back by the large inglenook fireplace and wood burner in the cosy living room, with extra bench seating and a dining area. There’s plenty of good reading, including a huge collection of vintage climbing magazines from the 1960s.

The kitchen is in good order, with water bottles, loads of mugs and cooking implements to use. Upstairs there are two large bedrooms with about 10 camp beds. In the outbuildings there’s a wood cutting area and even a toilet.

If you read this post and make a visit to Cae Amos Bothy, please follow this code, take plenty of wood/firelighters/candles and leave some there for others to benefit. And don’t leave rubbish. Ever.

Cae Amos Photos

Bothy Dos & Donts

There are four bothies maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association in Snowdonia National Park, including Cae Amos Bothy. Bothies are stone cottages that serve as open shelters for mountain people, looked after on a volunteer basis. Most bothies contain a wood burner or open fireplace, some kind of bench seating and some basics such as candles & firelighters.
 
It’s important to understand that treating these magical locations with the utmost care and respect is the minimum requirement. We usually take a bag of logs, kindling and firelighters on bothy days/nights out, leaving what we don’t use for the benefit of future visitors. On finding a dirty or messy bothy it’s well worth tidying the place up and passing some kindness forward.
 
Look out for hooks and string above fireplaces – they’re great for hanging wet footwear and clothing!
 
Cae Amos is particularly well equipped, but bothies can vary hugely. Arenig Fawr bothy, for example, is a tiny shepherds style hut with just two small benches and a fireplace. Dulyn Bothy and Penrhos Isaf sit in between, both multi room cottages with large fireplaces and plenty of sleeping space.
 
Take some time to browse the Mountain Bothy Association website and understand why these places are free to use.
 
And again, don’t leave rubbish. There are NO council collection services at these locations.

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