End EX RELT Cottage North Wales

#2
I spent an extremely formative fortnight there in the winter of '86, courtesy of JLRRA. It was primitive in the extreme and been made to wear worn out, baggy, corduroy plus fours coupled with knee high red socks and "disabled" boots was downright disturbing.

Add to this the washing in the stream before first light and doing "long drag" on a daily basis and you would think it would make for a disturbing experience. Bollocks!! Enjoyed every moment of it and I still harbour fond memories of it.

If it's closing it's a travesty and DRA (I know you read this site) please have a word with the powers that be......................you cnut :wink:
 
#3
hmmm


12 years in the RA and never heard of it, then again only ever had 3 adventure training exercises
 
#4
ahhh reading again , this was a brats thing wasn't it
 
#5
Door_Bundle_Mk2 said:
I spent an extremely formative fortnight there in the winter of '86, courtesy of JLRRA. It was primitive in the extreme and been made to wear worn out, baggy, corduroy plus fours coupled with knee high red socks and "disabled" boots was downright disturbing.

Add to this the washing in the stream before first light and doing "long drag" on a daily basis and you would think it would make for a disturbing experience. balls!! Enjoyed every moment of it and I still harbour fond memories of it.

If it's closing it's a travesty and DRA (I know you read this site) please have a word with the powers that be......................you cnut :wink:
Was there in the winter of 86 too. Definitely character building. Run in the morning, press up in the stream. Minging weather, crap clothes, bergans with cheese wire straps, happy memories of Tryfan and the Crib goch ridge (sp).

how come enjoying the delights of the Welsh mountains seems to be restricted to the period between November and April in the Army? :roll:
 
#6
Went there Spring 87......

I got the urine taken out of me at a Service Station on the way there by a bus load of old grannies laughing at my plus fours, red wooly socks and orange cagoul. (Why did the cagoul have a crotch fastener?) :D

Best part was caving with "Bdr Lewis" in the old mine at Blaneu Fistifudd with those calcium powered head torches. Burning the ring piece of the bloke in front of you going from cave to cave.

Do they make female Gunners bathe in the stream these days or have they installed poofy things like showers?

Definately a shame to see it go.
 
#7
The cottage has been totally refurbished. It no longer resembles a medieval dungeon. There are good showers, drying facilities and warm, dry accomodation. There's even a four man purpose built "family chalet" built above the hut.

All in all a blinding place in a fantastic location. All recruits should still be made to wash, naked in the stream though!
 
#8
The cottage is admin for the RA by 14 Regt

It has been rebuilt but still needs a lot of work, the funds have not been forthcoming and it MAY move to Capel Curig to come under 5 Div admin but still a Gnr facilty

The main users are Ph2 recruits from Larkhill

The instructors are on ERE
 
#9
Feb-'76'-Just the damp ridden barn as accom for juniors but what a place! loved it,the climbing,walking and the sense of achievement at the end of it all when we got back on the bus for Bramcote plus the sheer bloody relief of leaving the godforsaken place.
 
#10
Hat20 said:
Feb-'76'-Just the damp ridden barn as accom for juniors but what a place! loved it,the climbing,walking and the sense of achievement at the end of it all when we got back on the bus for Bramcote plus the sheer bloody relief of leaving the godforsaken place.
:lol: Ditto, all the lads that ran out of bakky. They were smoking banana skins in the end :lol:

I thought I'd forgotten about this place, now it's all flooding back - better call my shrink :roll:
 
#11
Recce19 said:
Hat20 said:
Feb-'76'-Just the damp ridden barn as accom for juniors but what a place! loved it,the climbing,walking and the sense of achievement at the end of it all when we got back on the bus for Bramcote plus the sheer bloody relief of leaving the godforsaken place.
:lol: Ditto, all the lads that ran out of bakky. They were smoking banana skins in the end :lol:

I thought I'd forgotten about this place, now it's all flooding back - better call my shrink :roll:
Was there '85 - Remember the odd-fitting red socks - the cook took salt instead of sugar - great porridge. Due to bad weather a farmer let us sleep in the unused pig-stys.
 
#13
Well the rumours are reality, Relt cottage to close April, training to be conducted from Capel Curig, centre to be sold.

R.I.P

Another smart move from the Gunner head shed
 
#14
RELT cottage was a exellent facility, unfortunatly it looks destined for the scrap heap.

Adv Trg and the perks that sweeten the bitter pill, serving with the Artillery, seem to be coming to a end. Well theres always the rugby to keep the troops happy.

Well in to all the detached faceless pen pushers. Good blokes! (Sarc)
 
#15
For some reason I remember this:

'Dolwadelen 267' Think it was the phone number :?
 
#16
bang on recce! it was drummed into us, "ring dollwedellin 267 if you get lost................."washed downstream canoeing etc..........
 
#17
Was up there in 85, oh I loved it, pressups in the pool, being sent out with a compas and a map and made to wander around Wales in the rain as the DS drove past in a rover.

Remember a whole bunch of us sneeking out to Dolwyddelan to meet up with some female OCdts, and the Tp Comd called a fire drill and we all got put on recruits! Wasnt there a Castle or something at the top of the valley? Shame its closing!!
 

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