We then headed over to Craig Goch reservoir parked the car got our gear and kitted up for the conditions and headed off to the bothy. We passed a group coming down the path walking their dog they obviously clocked us in our gear and full rucksacks ‘Are you staying out overnight in this?’ there is always a certain satisfaction in replying ‘yes’ to this question they obviously thought we were nutters and to be fair the weather at that time really did not look inviting for spending the night out but we let them think we were some sort of outdoor loony’s prepared to spend the night in atrocious conditions like true heroes, however we knew that we would be spending the night in relative bothy luxury.We headed up onto Waun Fign and played around with the map / nav to pinpoint where we were then made our way down the side of the hill towards the bothy. We had a little explore around when we got there, and the bothy lived up to the high standards with which the Elan Valley trust set themselves. I have now stayed in two Elan Valley trust bothies and they really are superb pure bothy luxury. This bothy Lluest cwm Bach was only renovated last year and the first entry in the log was in Oct 2013 so we are amongst the first people to stay there. There is plenty of photos and history on the bothy in the storage chest and they are worth a read.
After exploring the area we then set about cutting up some wood and sorting out our kit, a dark doomsday cloud then came in and dumped a load of hail on the hills as we took shelter in the bothy. This must have been the end of the storm because as soon as this cloud went the weather improved dramatically with no more rain for the rest of the weekend.So we settled down lit the fire, drank some beer, ate our food and just basically chilled out, with the slight deviation of UK v USA darts match (those that have stayed here or will do in the future will know what I’m talking about) for the record USA won 4-3.
Just before settling down to sleep I stepped outside and took some night sky shots they’ve not come out that well but they do show Jupiter and the constellation Orion above the bothy and how clear the sky was. The Elan Valley is a dark sky area as there is no light pollution.
On Sunday I woke just in time to see the moon setting behind the hills on the opposite shore. We then packed up tidied up and left the bothy behind traversing the shore line back to the car.