New MBA bothies in Scotland & Lake District

After two years, the Mountain Bothies Association have unveiled a new bothy in southern Scotland. The MBA have also started to maintain a Lake District shelter

Illustration photo of New MBA bothies in Scotland & Lake District

Two years of hard work by Mountain Bothies Association volunteers has resulted in the transformation of an un-safe, near ruinous former shepherd’s cottage at Dryfehead in southern Scotland into a wind and water tight open shelter. This major project took two years to complete. The cottage had to be substantially re-built both inside and out.

The cottage is stone-built with a slated roof. It has three rooms. The nearest other MBA maintained shelter in this area is at Over Phawhope, six miles to the north.

Lake District bothy
The MBA has also taken on responsibility for the maintenance of Dubs Hut in the Lake District. The former mining hut which sits above the Honister Pass has been used as an open shelter for a number of years. It was at one time maintained by the National Park Ranger Service.

The Hut is close to an existing MBA maintained bothy- Warnscalehead, which is one of the smallest of the Association’s bothies.  

Dubs Hut comprises a single room and is a very basic facility. It is a stone built shelter with a concrete floor and a slate roof. There is no fireplace or stove, nor a sleeping platform or cooking area.

It is adjacent to a well- trodden path which allows access to Innominate Tarn, Haystacks and many other high Lakeland Fells.

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