About Cae'r Fran

Cae'r Fran has been the Welsh home of the Merseyside Mountaineering Club since 1968. Set in farmland at the foot of Moel Eilio and lying within the Snowdonia National Park it offers an ideal base from which to explore an area of stunning natural beauty, rich in mountaineering heritage.

Formerly a shepherd's cottage, Cae'r Fran has been refurbished and extended and is subject to a program of continual improvement. The Hut now boasts four dormitories, one for the exclusive use of women, a dining/sitting room, drying room, boot room, a large kitchen and separate male and female toilet and shower facilities. One (downstairs) dormitory is reserved at all times for the use of MMC Members only.

Hut Facilities

  • Cooking: 2 four-ring electric cookers with ovens and grills. One large microwave oven.
  • Lighting: Electric throughout.
  • Heating: Electric storage heater, radient electric fire and fan heater. A separate heater is fitted in the drying room.
  • Washing: Separate male and female shower and toilet facilities.
  • Water heating: Immersion heater for kitchen and wash basins, electrically heated showers.
  • Drying room: Fitted with drying racks, fan heater and de-humidifier.
  • Boot Room: Racks pegs and seating/shelving provided next to main entrance.
  • Bedspace: The maximum number of places available to visiting parties is FOURTEEN. The downstairs dormitory is not included in this allocation as it is reserved at all times for the exclusive use of MMC Members.
  • Instructions: A full set of instructions on how to turn the electricity/water etc on and off can be found in a book in the main room.


There are three places in which cars can be parked (at their owners risk) within easy walking distance of Cae'r Fran. On no account must vehicles be driven off the tarmac road and down to Cae'r Fran. This path is a footpath and may only be used by farm vehicles. On no account must cars be allowed to obstruct the lane up towards Moel Eilio or the footpath to Cae'r Fran, both are used by farm vehicles at unpredictable times.


The farmer who's land we share is a good friend and a valued neighbour. We ask that you show him the respect due to a man who's family has for generations wrung a hard living from the land which we are privilaged to be able to treat as a playground by respecting his property and his animals and by not obstructing him in his work (close all gates after you, don't block the farm access, don't leave litter, etc - just please be considerate...).