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SWCC Headquarters and caving hut is a converted terrace of 10 small cottages at Penwyllt. Penwyllt is in the upper Swansea Valley, on the southern edge of the Black Mountain.

1-10 Powell St, Penwyllt, Pen-y-Cae, Swansea SA9 1GQ ~ Tel: +44 (0) 1639 730 613    how to find us.  History of Penwyllt village.

If you would like to stay at the cottages please also see the booking information, and guest information pages.

Downstairs in the main cottages there is a large communal kitchen with four stoves and refrigerators, a dining room, a pay phone and the long common room, our main meeting room with a large log fire, which is where the action usually is once we have all returned from caving.  See inside?

Further along the cottages we have ladies and gents changing rooms, with hot showers and a heated drying room for damp kit.

Bunkroom accommodation is provided upstairs for up to 30 visitors (total in bunks and camping) and 30 members, and we have room for perhaps a couple of caravans.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the cottages, this is a legal requirement as of 2nd April 2007.

Directly beneath the cottages is part of one of the deepest and longest caves in Britain, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. There are three entrances to this system within walking distance of the cottages. On the other side of the valley, almost opposite, is the entrance to Dan-yr-Ogof, also an extensive system.

. . . from Merseyside Mountaineering Club, July 2015

Hi Keith

Thanks very much for the use of the SWCC hut by the Merseyside Mountaineering Club . We left payment for our weekend (6 visitors) in cash in the drop-box.
We had an excellent weekend - members rock-climbed at Three Cliffs on Gower, ascended Pen-y-fan, Cribyn, Fan-y-Big. There were also ascents of Sugar Loaf and one member managed to find the highest point of Glamorgan ( for some unknown reason he is trying to climb all the County Tops of the UK !!? )A strategic retreat from Fan Gihirych after the first lightening bolt proved fortuitous in the light of events elsewhere in the Park on Sunday.
All in all a great weekend and can you pass on our thanks to members of your Club who were present at the weekend and made us most welcome.
I hope we can use the hut in the future - I know our Meets Secretary has added it to our portfolio of venues.
All the best

Alan Mullock

. . . from Southampton Uni Climbing Club


I wanted to e-mail to say thank you for your help during our recent visit to the SWCC (13th-15th February 2015). Although you had your own things going on with your provisional members weekend, it was brilliant that you offered some guides to help us with the OFD through trip, caves of the Clydach Gorge and Dan-Yr-Ogof.

I very much appreciated the time taken to show us some of the lesser visited caves and to help us plan for trips there. I also was grateful for our trip into DYO as I had resigned myself to not being able to visit since an opportunity I had in 2000 where, as a committee member of SUCC, I had to give up my place on the trip so that others could go. We had an excellent weekend and I look forward to caving with some of you again sometime.

Thanks again,

Paul Walker

. . . from Speleo Rahl Caving Club

Dear Leslie & Folks

We would like to pass on our thanks to you all for letting us stay at Penwylllt for our Summer camp. We had a fantastic time staying there, as well as exploring the delightful cave system you have. . .
At the end of the week, we did have some "kitty" left over, and we have decided we would like this to go to the West Brecon Cave Rescue Team. Would you please pass on the enclosed cheque for £29.15.
Looking forward to coming back,

Phil Pullinger                              SRCC Camp 2007 Organiser