Cwm Eigiau Cottage

Eigiau Cottage news

30 July 2022

Hot news... the new stove finally installed this morning. Thanks to Iain and Andy for a brilliant job

12 July 2022

We're nearly there... today Iain and Andy installed the new chimney liner in readiness for the new stove installation on 30th. Pete and I shifted 1.5 tonnes of coal with the help of Iain's quad bike so the hut is now fully stocked for winter and looking great.

20 May 2022 #eigiau#lost#lenscap

Just near Cwm Eigiau Cottage on 14 May I chatted with a couple of walkers staying in Lllanwrst for the week. I think you may have lost your lens cap to your DSLR. If so please just get in touch and I'll get it back to you.

In other hut news, after a long wait we are planning installing the new stove in early July!

25 Jan 2022: The hut is fully open, stocked with fuel, and in great condition. Last weekend we replaced the battery and I'm delighted to say that our lights are now fully working again. Our stove is still in need of replacement but we're hoping to do this in the spring. Please try to treat the old stove with care.

We have risk-assessed usage during the pandemic and have controls in place to make the hut safe to use. Following further relaxation of covid rules, we contine to ask all visitors to consider others and to take particular care to adopt safe hygiene practises. Please contact the Hut Warden if you have any questions.

About Cwm Eigiau Cottage

Cwm Eigiau Cottage was first opened as a mountaineering hut in 1913 but fell into disuse between the world wars. Rugby Mountaineering Club first leased Cwm Eigiau Cottage from the Bodnant Estate in 1963 when it was a neglected ruin. After a restoration by club members we opened it as a climbing hut in 1967 and it has now been in continuous use for over 50 years. We make it available for booking by RMC club members, BMC affiliated clubs and other recognised groups on application. It is a brilliant place to escape.

RMC members maintain the cottage and carry in all the fuel and supplies - each sack of fuel and every gas cylinder takes a 2 mile walk and hard graft to get it up to there - so we really appreciate visitors who help us care for the hut during their stay.

Staying at Cwm Eigiau Cottage

The cottage provides basic accommodation in a very quiet and secluded part of the country.

The cottage is equipped with basic cooking gas rings & grills, a solid fuel stove, tons of pans, cutlery & crockery. There is a single cold tap and lighting is powered by solar panels unless it's been gloomy for a prolonged period, in which case you may have to imagine what you're eating. Fuel and firelighters are provided at the cottage and a chemical toilet is installed in the hut extension. The fridge is the small stream next to the hut. There is no electricity for charging devices and the hut is better for being wifi-free and contactless.

The cottage sleeps a maximum of 10 people (6 upstairs and 4 downstairs) on Alpine style bunks provided with mattresses , though a party size of 8 or less can make for a more relaxing visit.

For optimal enjoyment it's best to travel light and be prepared to whiff a bit, but make sure to bring matches just in case.

Where is Cwm Eigiau Cottage?

Cwm Eigiau Cottage is located in upper Cwm Eigiau above Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley, North Wales Grid reference SH 713638. The hut is clearly marked on OS Outdoor Leisure Map. No. 17. Click here to view the hut location using (the hut location is indicated by the orange arrow).

The road in from Tal y Bont is very steep and gated. It is single track in parts so watch out for passing places. Access is 2 miles on foot from the public car park at SH732663. The hut is a superb starting point for all the hills in the Carneddau. The classic climbs 'Amphitheatre Buttress' and 'Mur Y Niwl' on Craig yr Ysfa are approximately 45 minutes walk from the front door.

How to book Cwm Eigiau Cottage

Contact the Hut Warden, John Smith by telephone on 07984 596011 or ideally by email at:

Having frozen hut fees for the last 3 years, regrettably we have had to raise our hut fees for 2022 to:

£10 per person per night for BMC members and £12 per person per night for everyone else. The fuel charge is £5 per group per night and includes gas, solid fuel, and all the photons you can see.

When is the Cottage Available?

Confirmed nights when the cottage is booked are shown in the calendar below. Generally the hut is available from the middle of the afternoon on the following day. We don't specify a time when visitors should vacate the hut (the weather usually decides this) but please just be considerate if you overlap with other visitors.