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Join Us At Cadair View Lodge Feb ’16



Time is flying by… here we are at the end of January and looking towards February half term, Valentine’s Day and… my birthday ūüôā

February in Snowdonia has lots to offer. ¬†As in this photo from 2013, it can be crisp and clear or we could have more snow again (there’s currently just a bit more snow than this on Snowdon but if this warmth continues it could thaw).

Think about walking in the forests if the weather is a bit blowy but it’s also a great time to wrap up and walk on the beach. ¬†Afterwards there’s always time for tea and cake. ¬†See our Facebook page The Great Snowdonia Cake Trail for places to tempt¬†you with their goodies!

Valentines Day is always busy as it tends to fall during February Half Term week.  Even at the busiest time we are always popular for romantic breaks with more than 150 proposals (that we know of) having taken place during stays with us.

The fishing season on Trawsfynydd Lake begins on 1st February.  Trawsfynydd is the 3rd largest lake in Wales at just under 3 miles long.  It has a cycle path around it and a cafe with lake views (and free WiFi) just off the A470.  Fishing permits can be obtained from the lakeside and boats can be hired too.  Kayaking is permitted on the lake and the cafe also have bikes for hire.  The lake is often the venue for international fishing competitions.

At the end of the month Coed y Brenin (2 miles from our log cabins) hosts¬†The Fox Anti Freeze Enduro mountain biking event. ¬†A a multi lap, staggered start, chip-timed challenge! ¬†There is also a Junior Anti Freeze event for youngsters the day before – start ’em young. ¬†The weekend before there is a yoga for mountain bikers session too to stretch the muscles.

Updates on what’s happening can be found on our What’s On page of the Cadair View Lodge website.

If you would like to visit southern Snowdonia during February 2016 (or at any other time) visit our website¬†to see what we offer and also to check out the latest deals on our log cabin accommodation.¬† ¬†Or call me, Sue, on 01978 759603. ¬†There are still some “5 Nights for ¬£200” deals available and “5 Nights for the Price of 2” (¬£270 per 2 bed roomed cabin) for Half Term Week (arrival on 14th February).

Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge during 2016 will (at the activity providers discretion) receive discounts of:

10% at Canolfan Tryweryn National White Water Centre

10% at Go Below Underground Adventures

10% at South Snowdonia Soft Tissue Massage Therapy

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon about a stay at Cadair View Lodge.



It’s The Real Thing!

A few years ago I attended a workshop aimed at informing local accommodation providers what food they ought to feed mountain bikers that came to stay. ¬†Not being a B&B most of it didn’t apply to us but it was interesting all the same.

One of the things that they talked about was that a drink of half CocaCola and half water would provide a boost for the last half of a ride Рgiving the rider sugar, caffeine, sodium and water plus replacing electrolytes lost in the first half of the ride.  Today I spotted THIS article about the effects of CocaCola on the body and wondered whether the advice given was right or not.

Have you ever tried the half Coke half water drink?

The other thing that I took away from the workshop was that REAL homemade lemon barley water is a great rehydrator. ¬†Here’s a recipe for those who want to try¬†it for themselves. ¬†Let me know what you think.

Sophie Grigson’s lemon barley water

Lemon barley water

Preparation and cooking time

25 minutes plus cooling/chilling


approx. 3/4 litre (1 1/4 pints)

  • 300g (10oz) pearl barley
  • 1 large firm lemon
  • 75g (2 1/2 oz) butter, chilled
  • Icing sugar (optional)
  1. Bring the barley and 2 1/2 litres (4 1/4 pints) water to the boil, skin off any scum that rises and then simmer for 20 minutes. Draw off the heat.
  2. Pare the zest from the lemon into long strips using a potato peeler. Stir into the hot barley water with the caster sugar, then leave to cool. Strain and discard the barley and lemon zest.
  3. Stir the lemon juice into the liquid, taste and if necessary, sweeten with a little icing sugar, or extra lemon juice if it could do with a shot of acidity. You may even want to add a little more water to soften the flavour.
  4. Keep refrigerated, always serving your lemon barley water thoroughly chilled.

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Epic Brenin MTB Challenge HQ

Cadair View Lodge log cabins were chosen as the ideal base for the Epic Brenin MTB Challenge as they are close to Coed y Brenin and en-route to the other trail centres.

A blog written by Matt Jones, organiser of and participant in #EpicBrenin #MTB Challenge.

“For me, mountain biking is as much about everything that goes around the actual riding as the sweat and grind itself. The build up, banter on the ride and post ride analysis really add to the sport as a whole. That’s why overnight stays in the hills tackling previously unexplored trails and challenges provide the best chance to the off bike action.¬† Some of my best days on a bike in the UK have been weekends away with mates at trail centres.

There’s something brilliant about the road trip, the inevitable faff and late departure, the surely illegal overloading of vehicles, squeezing 7 bikes in the back of a Renault kangoo (true story!). Then getting lost before arriving at your destination after hours of road trip tunes blasting out. At this point your buddy deems it timely to announce his bottom bracket is seized, fear not , a minor delay as a trip to the friendly local trail centre bike shop comes up with the goods.

Once you get going the banter continues as you discover new trails, always that much better ridden for the first time. Trail centres give a thrill a minute compared to your usual local boggy woods midweek outings in the winter months. Ending the day in near darkness the salvation of your accommodation and local pub await. A full ride debrief follows rather than everyone going their own way home for family duties follows and of course the discussion around how with just a degree slacker head angle you would have owned that drop off instead of face planting. Mates on hand to virmontly advocate products they know little or nothing about other than what the latest mag or forum said.

Then to the pub, oh the glory of the local pub. The pubs you find in corners of the UK where trail centres reside are almost without exception absolute gems. Even if you were unlucky enough to find a bad example with beer watered down and the food uncooked the fact that you have escaped with mates biking for the weekend makes everything that much better and minor details ignored.

And the best thing about a weekend away following the vigorous refuelling via a fry up, on an ale fuelled hangover, you get to do it all again, two days biking in a row, ace!

Over the years some of my best bike rides have been on weekends away. There are so many places in the UK set up to meet all the needs of a group of biking mates. Although a little bit more riding than usual for a weekend away, our stay at Cadair View Lodges summed up everything that is great about a winter road trip to a trail centre, in this case to where such trail centres began, Coed y Brenin.

Cadair View Lodges are perfectly positioned a couple of miles up the main road from Coed y Brenin. Their log cabins are homely with plenty of space for all your gear and bikes, even an outside tap. What’s more on arrival you’re treated to a basket of essential supplies like bread and milk so you can focus all your efforts on that last minute full bike strip down before the following days outing. ¬†Other features tailored to bikers are allowing single nights stays, very late arrivals if you’re travelling far and late departures if you need that all important shower before the drive home.

Cadair View was the HQ for our ‘Epic Brenin’ adventure, read all about it here. We can’t thank Sue enough for hosting us. Email queries were rapidly answered and everything about the stay couldn’t have been easier which was really important given the need to get everything else sorted for our adventure. The excellent local pub was literally a two minute walk from our cabin which was very welcome as despite all the cooking facilities you need, some waited on service was needed after 11hours in the saddle!

So I can thoroughly recommend a trip to take on as many trails as you dare at one go in the Coed y Brenin area. Staying a Cadair View is a great place to base yourselves to ensure another awesome weekend away in the hills on your bike that makes biking in the UK what it is.”.

Read the write-up of Epic Brenin Challenge from Singletrack Magazine

See Cadair View Lodge accommodation HERE

To book accommodation at Cadair View Lodge email , use the contact form below or call us on 01978 759603



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Mountain Biking UK – Welsh Special Edition 2012

Check out the Welsh Special Edition of Mountain Biking UK magazine on sale tomorrow – June 1st.

You’ll see our advert alongside a feature on the recent Fetish UK Gravity Enduro series round which took place at Coed¬†Brenin over an extremely¬†wet and wild weekend. Several of the teams taking part stayed with us – bet they were REALLY glad that they were in a nice, warm dry log cabin and weren’t camping!

There’s also the first feature with brilliant photos of the soon to be opened Antur Stiniog – One Big Adventure Gravity Bike Park¬†alongside Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog. ¬†This is a wonderful new development with 4… yes 4, downhill / free ride trails, uplift service (with push up track coming soon for outside of uplift running hours) and a Visitor Centre with cafe, showers, bike shop and roof top viewing area. ¬† We’ve also been told that there will be a¬†separate¬†free ride skills area built along side of the Visitor Centre. ¬† There’s loads of parking on

Get a flavour for what riding here is going to be like here

I also love this film of the build. ¬†The music is no reflection of my thoughts about those who participate in hard-core downhill mtb… honest!

Next year, the new Tan-y-Grisiau Lake XC route will be opened. ¬†This will be a spectacular ride! ¬†Having walked the area regularly I can tell you that the scenery is immense! ¬†Just west of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a short ride from Antur Stiniog it will be well worth the visit… great cafe by the dam too!

We were enormously proud to be asked by the Antur Stiniog Team to do a presentation, at the launch of Eryri One Big Adventure back in March, as a showcase of how local accommodation providers should cater for the mountain bikers visiting the area.  We were also featured on ITV Wales News as part of the project.

This new Centre is about 15 – 20 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge Log Cabins and boosts the number of “official” trails that are within an hour’s drive of our accommodation to well over 20! ¬†Far too many for ONE weekend’s stay!

And finally, Mountain Biking UK features the Wales Coast to Coast route which comes right past our front door! ¬†If you are coming this way remember¬†that we offer single night stays all year except Christmas and New Year. ¬†We have a pub 5 minutes away for food (including breakfasts) ¬†and “refreshment”. ¬† Our famous Welcome Basket provides basic provisions (bread, milk, tea, coffee, etc. washing-up liquid, loo rolls) is standard with EVERY stay. ¬†We can also have bed linen on your beds for when you arrive exhausted! ¬†And don’t worry… we’ve seen a muddy shower or two in our time!

Enjoy the magazine and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

For more information about what we offer See Our Website

To book, or for more information call me, Sue, on 01978 759603 (office hours usually 10am – 7pm Monday – Friday and weekends). ¬†If I am out leave me a message and I’ll call you back.

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Fancy A New Hobby in 2012?

This is the time of year when many of us resolve to “change our lives”. ¬†It may be that we resolve to make a lifestyle change – lose weight, get fit or stop smoking or it may be to learn something new.

Whilst a visit to us in Snowdonia can be part of your lose weight, get fit and stop smoking resolutions we also have lots to offer in the learning a new skill side too. ¬†We’ve put together a list of suggestions for courses local (within 30 minutes drive) to¬†Cadair View Lodge¬†accommodation. ¬†Remember that our log cabin accommodation prices are per property and not per person. ¬†So you could bring your family to enjoy a break in Snowdonia whilst you attend your course and the accommodation would cost the same.

Learn Photography¬†– This is our sister company. ¬†Based at Bronaber,¬†Learn¬†offer 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 hands-on, customisable digital photography tuition. ¬†No previous knowledge is expected or required and attendees don’t even need their own camera – one can be provided. ¬†Course content it flexible to suit each attendees requirements. ¬†The group size is only one or two people (e.g. for a couple) so attendees get the full attention of the tutor and can ask as many “silly” questions as they want without¬†embarrassment. ¬†This also means that elements can be gone over and over until attendees “get the idea”.

Courses are usually run over 2 days and the price include accommodation in a 2 bed roomed, self catering log cabin for 2 nights.  Attendees are welcome to bring other members of their family to use the accommodation during the course.

Wild Welsh Wood¬†–¬†Wild Welsh Wood¬†specialise in producing furniture made

Mini Story Telling Chairs Made By Wild Welsh Wood

from reclaimed materials. ¬†Their one day course would see attendees learning the skills and completing a rustic chair or stool. ¬†Longer courses to make more detailed pieces of furniture can be arranged. ¬†Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge and taking ¬†a Wild Welsh Wood one day course between January and end of March 2012 will receive 10% discount on their course. ¬†We love Wild Welsh Wood’s story telling chairs. ¬†These are the child sized versions of the originals. ¬†The Company are ¬†based at Dolgoch Falls, about 40 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge.

Sylvanflair, at Corris Craft Centre, also offer wood furniture making courses.

Mountain Bike Skills Course РSteve, from Wheelism provides a wide range of mountain bike skills courses at Coed y Brenin trail centre which is 2 miles from Cadair View Lodge.  He also runs bike maintenance courses.  Campbell Coaching also provide courses in the area.

Snowdonia Safaris – If you’re thinking big game hunting across the hills you’d be wrong. ¬†A¬†Snowdonia Safari¬†will help you to learn more about and to experience the food (and drink) that is produced in our area. ¬†The selection of safaris is steadily growing and I believe that there will soon be an¬†opportunity¬†to attend a workshop with an artisan baker as part of a safari. ¬†Guests staying with Cadair View Lodge will receive a discount on their safari.

Nature and the Environment РTeaching children through being outdoors is becoming ever more popular with Forest and Beach schools being talked about regularly.  When you come to Snowdonia check out what Ranger activities are being held at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre just down the road from us.  For those who are a little older the Centre for Alternative Technology  hold a wide range of day and multi-day courses about 40 minutes away from us.

Mountain Skills – Many people come to Snowdonia for the Great Outdoors. ¬†Some time spent learning the basics from an experienced instructor can help you to start enjoying your chosen discipline far quicker and also help to keep you safer. ¬†Our friends at Seren Ventures (based in Betws y Coed but operating across the National Park) offer a wide range of courses and guiding. ¬†If they can’t help you they will be glad to give you the details of somebody who can.

Kayaking  РThe Tryweryn and Mawddach are just two of the local rivers that prove very popular with kayakers  To be safe and to enjoy the sport take a course with an experienced local coach.  The team at Canolfan Tryweryn can provide a full range of coaching at the National White Water Centre at Frongoch, about 15 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge.  Also check out FlowFree Coaching who can provide coaching at all levels.

Drive A Steam Train – Snowdonia is well-known for its steam railways. ¬†Come to stay and have a go at driving a train yourself. ¬†The Fairbourne Railway offers “exclusive use” of their railway on non-passenger days. ¬†The Talyllyn Railway offer a “full day” driving experience.

Quilting + PatchworkingBumble Bee Quilting in Corris run workshops, courses and demonstrations for all skill levels of quilters and patchworkers.  They also have a well stocked shop (and an online shop) to provide all of your quilting, patchworking and other crafting needs.

Fishing Courses РWith access to rivers, lakes, estuaries and the sea, Snowdonia is an ideal location for those who love to fish.  The North Wales Fly Fishing School based near to Bala offers courses in all aspects of fresh water and sea fishing.  See their website for full details of their courses.

Bill Swann Glass Courses¬†–¬†Bill’s courses¬†run at his extensively equipped¬†workshops in Porthmadog (about 20 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge). ¬†The courses are mixed ability which gives beginners a chance to see what can be achieved by more experienced students. ¬†The courses run over 3 days to allow for the preparation of materials and the overnight firing of pieces. ¬†I attended one of Bill’s courses last February and came away with some small pieces to use in jewelry, a couple of slump glass pieces that have been transformed for use with candles and a couple of fused pieces that stand on a window ledge.

Bushcraft Skills РAre you a budding Ray Mears?  You can really experience the wild and decide whether or not foraging and building your own shelters and fires is for you under the supervision of Firefox Bushcraft who run a variety of courses   close to us in Snowdonia.

Cookery CoachingWild in the Pantry offer¬†occasional¬†cookery coaching sessions. ¬†There are usually a number of different topics to choose from each lasting for half a day. ¬†Groups are kept small – usually no more than 4 people, and are as “hands on” as is practical given the space.

Our accommodation is very flexible.  Guests can stay with us for any number of days (except Christmas and New Year) and we can often arrange early arrivals and late stays with advance notice.  All of our guests receive our famous Welcome Basket (bread, milk, tea, coffee, biscuits, dairy spread, etc.) no matter how long they stay.  Contact us to book

If you would like to run a course, training session or team building event in Snowdonia then contact us to discuss your requirements. ¬†Our guests have access to a free training room locally. ¬†This room can be fully catered. ¬†It will seat up to 40 people “restaurant style” (i.e. in tables of 4) but can configured to meet individual requirements. ¬†It can also be blacked out for slide shows.

There is so much happening within the Cadair View Lodge 30 Minute Ring¬†that I am bound to have missed something out. ¬†If you run a course or training that would be of interest to visitors to southern Snowdonia then please contact us and I’ll add you in an update. ¬†If you’d like to work with Cadair View Lodge in 2012 then let me know too.

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Testimonial – Swn yr Nant 29th May 2010

Photo of outside of Swn y Nant

Swn y Nant a Cadair View Lodge Ltd log cabin in Snowdonia

We’ve just had the most awesome half term holiday at Swn y Nant log cabin =) the most stunning views from the cabin and beautiful sunshine. We tackled Snowdon the hard way and enjoyed the fab tracks around Coed y Brenin.. m’boys did black route v.proud of themselves indeed, while we girlies enjoyed pony trekking along… the beach. Looking forward to going back in 2011

See Swn y Nant for yourself

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Testimonial Ty Coed – 4th June 2010

View from the front door of Ty CoedI would just like to say a huge thank you for our wonderful stay at
Cadair View Lodge. We had such an amazing time. The lodge we stayed in
(Ty Coed) was everything you stated on your website – if not more! We
loved the little touches such as the candles, fairy lights, board
games, and gorgeous welcome basket.
The lodge was clean, tidy and had everything you would need.
We had a very relaxing stay and are definitely coming back in the near
I have shown friends and family our photographs and they all
want to come now!!!
I would like to thank Ray for letting us in our cabin a little earlier
as we were very tired after the long drive.
Once again thank you very, very much for a beautiful, scenic and
relaxing break!!!!