Following a Tom Weir lecture in 1952 interest in mountains was kindled in the mind of Bill Davis so he and a few friends went and camped at William's farm in the Ogwen valley. Over the next few months they met up with a similar group from Peterborough who were following a similar individual, Mr Bob Shaw. In 1955 following another Mountaineering association lecture Bill decided to form a club. Peterborough took the same action and both Clubs met on joint meets.

In 1958 both Clubs, being fed up with getting washed out of tents, bought a derelict cottage above Bethesda and started the long process of making it habitable. Member numbers grew and by 1963 a derelict barn on the same site was converted and put to use as a much needed extension. Numbers continued to grow throughout the 60's.

In 2005 the club celebrated 50 years with an anniversary dinner attended by over 60 members both past and present.

Today the cottage is still used by both clubs on a regular basis and can even be rented out by other clubs or individuals to enjoy.

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