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The Bolthole – No1

This weekend we thought we would find a site closer to home, one that might offer “Bolt-hole” status for those Fridays, when you just want to throw a few items into the van and trundle up the road for half an hour to peace and tranquility. We decided the pre-requisites for the bolt-hole were as follows:

  1. It must be within 30 minutes from home.
  1. Isolated and quiet.
  1. Decent walks directly from the site.

So having studied the map, we happened upon: http://www.felin-uchaf.com Felin-Uchaf is a C & C certified site, a mile or so east of the village of Cynwyd, just past Corwen on the A5 in North Wales. The site owners have done a lovely job; it’s tucked away in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains, just on the edge of Cynwyd Forest. Very quiet, peaceful and beautifully isolated.

Felin-Uchaf

Felin-Uchaf

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The site is accessed from the nearby village of Cynwyd(which has a pub!), it’s well signed from the village, only 5 mins drive. On arrival, the pitches are clearly marked and are a mixture of well-mown grass or HS, all with EHU. The site offers two showers/toilets (£1 per 5 mins), which are clean and very well maintained. Indeed the whole site is immaculate. The nightly cost is £15, at that price, in such a fantastic spot, I would imagine they get quite a lot of returning visitors. The site opens Mar-Oct.

Additionally each pitch has access to a satellite connection, (you can hire the receiver box/cable from the owners).

If you need to have phone contact whilst here, this may be an issue (for others it’s a bonus) I managed to get a signal on “3” when the wind was blowing in the right direction, I also just managed to scrape through with a MIFI signal on 3…nothing on E+E or O2. Just be aware of that. Also, no FM or Digital signal, hence the owners renting out the Sat links.

Cynwyd Forest is accessible along a little used lane. Once inside the forest, you can walk for miles, you will have climbed a fair bit to get here, for starters the campsite is on the 250m contour!

View of the site…and the chucklebus, from the approach lane to Cynwyd Forest

View of the site…and the chucklebus, from the approach lane to Cynwyd Forest

From the forest you can directly access the Berwyns, its hill features surround the forest, most of them are 500-600m peaks, so certainly good for a bracing days walk on the hills, but in this part of the world a weather check would be advisable.

A view of the Berwyn's, from the forest.

A view of the Berwyn’s, from the forest.

What we also like about the forest was the absence of livestock, so the dog was able to stay off the lead. No cattle grids on the entry/exit, so I assume this is probably the case throughout the year.

The Other Half and Mutts, sprinting away to victory!

The Other Half and Mutts, sprinting away to victory! “It’s not a race!”

The Other Half tries to persuade Mutts to go for a little swim.

The Other Half tries to persuade Mutts to go for a little swim!

Token Mutts picture at the lunch spot

Token Mutts picture at the lunch spot

So this site could certainly fit the criteria of “Bolthole”. We loved it and will certainly return.

That is all.

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