Brunel member Richard Pepler is hosting a weekend for Brunel at the independently-run Dolgoch Wilderness Hostel in the Cambrian Mountains, (20 miles west of Builth Wells), from Saturday May 13th to Monday May 15th; he will be the volunteer warden for the hostel starting at 5 p.m. on the Saturday for that week. To learn more about the hostel follow this link:
Spaces are first come, first served, and you will need to organise your own car-shares*, so it is probably sensible to do this before you book your bed at http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/dolgoch-bunkhouse at only £12 per bunk per night (YHA membership is not required.) Once you have paid online to the YHA, please email Richard to let him know that you are coming.
Dolgoch Bunkhouse is at SY25 6NR. Aim to arrive from 5 p.m. on the Saturday. All bedding is provided; towels are not!
Showers are in the entry hall.
Please bring what food you want to eat as the hostel is remote (at least 30 minutes drive to the nearest pub or shop), has no electricity, no fridge, and there is no mobile signal at the hostel (although there is a pay phone). Bring a torch. Also bring swimming stuff if you fancy wild swimming.
There will be an 8 mile one plus boot at a leisurely pace to the top of the mountain on the Sunday, starting at 10 a.m,
There will also be a shortish walk on the Monday should people wish to stay on for the Sunday night.
Contact details: Richard Pepler – telephone 01 454 616973 (evenings before 9 p.m.)
* It is not advisable to drive alone to Dolgoch, as the last stage involves a couple of miles of unprotected narrow road half-way up the side of a fairly steep valley, followed immediately by a climb up the very steep and windy Devil’s Staircase. It is also easy to get stuck in the soft verges should you need to give way to another vehicle! There is also limited parking.