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It’s an understatement to say that 2020 has been an odd year. Life has changed drastically for most of us this year. For me, personally, I’ve been working at home since mid-March and haven’t been abroad since January. While I am beyond grateful that I live in a beautiful place and count my blessings daily, spending most of my time at home hasn’t been great for me. So, when restrictions started to ease over the summer, we had to get away, even if it was just to explore somewhere new in the UK.
I spent an evening surfing Airbnb, looking for something a little out of the ordinary and came across a quirky little cabin come shepherds hut in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. That evening, we booked a 5-day stay in the shepherds hut and started counting down the days till our trip.
At this point, I just want to make it clear that when we visited Wales, all restrictions has been lifted and we made sure to abide by local laws and social distancing. If you’re considering a trip to Snowdonia, or anywhere else in the UK, it’s important to check the local restrictions before you travel and strictly adhere to any regulations and restrictions in place.
Checking in to Cut Cywarch
We checked into Cut Cywarch on a grey, drizzly day and without even being able to see the surrounding mountains fully, we knew we were in for a treat when the weather cleared up the next day. The cabin is located on privately owned farmland, with one other cabin about 200 yards away, so you’re guaranteed plenty of privacy.
The cabin is fairly basic when it comes to amenities, but has everything you need to be comfortable for a few days, with a decent sized bathroom, walk in shower and a kitchenette complete with an electric cooker/hob. The cabin doesn’t have a fridge-freezer, but does offer the use of a cool box, so you’ll need to improvise with chilling food. We also found the bed to be much too small for the two of us and didn’t enjoy a fantastic night sleep while we were there.
After checking in and dropping our bags, we headed straight to a local shop, about a 15 minute drive away in Dolgellau, to stock up on supplies, for the week and settled in for the night.
The next morning, we woke up to glorious sunny weather and were blown away by the breath-taking views around us. It’s fair to say that this cabin is the definition of socially distanced! If you’re looking to get away from people, this is the place for you.
This is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible places I’ve stayed when it comes to landscape and scenery and waking up to the view each morning and enjoying a coffee on the deck was just what my soul needed. And what’s more, with no mobile phone signal or WiFi, we were able to completely disconnect from our devices and get back to basics – reading books and enjoying the scenery, uninterrupted.
What’s more, there are a few walks you can do right from the cabin door – most notably, the Aran Fawddwy Ridge Trail. The cabin is, more or less, right at the foot of Aran Fawddwy, the highest point in Southern Snowdonia and this circular trail takes you through some of the most epic scenery! Be sure to look out for the jet aircraft training in the valleys surrounding the ridge hike – the noise as they come through the valley is quite something!
In addition to Aran Fawddwy, Cut Cywarch cabins are just a short drive away from Cadair Idris and many other mountain hikes! This really is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a gateway accommodation to incredible scenery and walks.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cut Cywarch cabins and would recommend them to anyone looking to get off the beaten track and unwind.