I’ve watched a lot of videos on YouTube about people staying in Bothies but I had not stayed in one myself, so I thought it was about time that I did, the Bothy that I chose for my first stay was Green Bothy in Kielder.
A Bothy is a building that is made available for people to stay overnight, usually free of charge. Bothies are most often maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. You can join the Mountain Bothies Association for a small fee and the money goes towards the upkeep of Bothies.
I had asked a friend of mine (Mick) if he wanted to come along for a trip to Green Bothy in Kielder and he said he would, so I planned the route we would take from a small village called Stonehaugh. As usual I used OS Maps to plan the route and then downloaded the route into my phone.
I had arranged to meet Mick at 2 pm but I got a text from Mick saying he was going to be late and he would meet me at the Bothy, so I set off on my own. It was about 4.5 miles to walk from Stonehaugh to Green Bothy.
It was about a two hour walk to get to Green Bothy, a lot of the route was up hill and there were some quite steep sections. The scenery on the way there was beautiful and there was a beautiful fragrance from the pine trees.
Once I got there I had a quick look around and then started unpacking my bag, There were three rooms which were available for people to sleep in, each with a raised platform. I setup my sleeping mat in the main room where there was a log burning stove. Mick Arived a couple of hours later and picked the room just off the main room.
One we got settled in we got the log burning stove lit and cot some extra fire wood, we sat around the stove and discussed our adventures and shared knowledge. Mick has an excellent YouTube Channel and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the outdoors: 12thSagitarrian YouTube Channel