The club bought our cottage as a ruin in the1960s and it has since been rebuilt, reroofed and extended since 2000 to provide warm and comfortable accommodation for members, their guests and outside bookings by such as university caving clubs. Upstairs are two bunkrooms with a total of 16 bunks, toilet adjacent and a library room. Downstairs is a common room with dining tables, a kitchen, washup and storage area, changing rooms for caving, showers and toilets, club caving equipment and cave rescue stores. Outside is a large level garden area suitable for camping and BBQ area. Car parking is adjacent to the front of the cottage.Displayed inside the cottage are detailed surveys of all the local cave systems, and large size copies of these are available for sale. The club is well known for its high standard of production of major cave surveys. Besides caving, the cottage makes a great base for climbing, walking, cycling, and exploring in the Brecon Beacons or Black Mountains.
Availability and how to book Whitewalls
Members can use the cottage at any time that bunks are available on a first-come-first-served basis and on club meet weekends. Up to 10 bunks are generally made available to visiting groups which leaves 6 bunks for club members who might come on an ad hoc basis. If a visiting club books less than 10 places then the remainder can be booked by another group on the same weekend. Visitors must use the cottage primarily for caving / speleological purposes. Costs are £6 per night for visitors and £3 per night for club members. If you have fewer people coming than places booked then please let us know in good time so we can offer spare places to others.Cottage bookings are made through the Cottage Warden giving the following information:- name and address of the person taking responsibility for the well-being of the premises- name of their caving club- dates of the visit- number of bunk spaces required- whether any visitors are under 18 years old (terms and conditions apply)If the cottage is available then a key/booking deposit will be required in the form of a cheque for £20 made out to Chelsea Spelaeological Society. Your deposit cheque will be destroyed after your visit. If, however, you are a regular visitor then an undated cheque can be kept on file with CSS for convenience of both parties.A key code will be issued within 10 days of the planned visit provided the deposit has been received. All visitors must sign in the cottage logbook in the common room. Payment of hut fees can be done at Whitewalls or by cheque when the key is returned. CSS may offset any unpaid hut fees or damages from key deposits. Please return keys to the key safe as other groups will need them.
How to reach Whitewalls (NP8 1LG)
The cottage is at OS grid reference SO 204157 a couple of miles from Llangattock village via a narrow and very steep hill road. This is not the best route of approach for first-time visitors, but having arrived you will soon appreciate the benefits of living up a steep hill: the fantastic views.The A465 dual carriageway contruction in the Clydach Gorge is now a game-changer in terms of easy car access because of issues ranging from severe congestion to occasional weekend road closures. Coming from England, aim first for Abergavenny and then try to avoid the Clydach Gorge. If coming on the M4 westbound then leave it well before reaching the Brynglas Tunnels at Junctions 25-26 which are often a bottleneck: so after the Severn Bridge leave the M4 at Junction 24. Coming from South or West Wales, leave the A465 at Brynmawr. Click the button above concerning the best choices of various local roads for the last few miles to Whitewalls.
CHELSEASPELÆOLOGICALSOCIETYCaving in Wales,the South of England,and beyond
During the coronavirus outbreak Whitewalls is available for limited use by members only, and only when permitted by Welsh and UK government restrictions in force at the time.
Use of Whitewalls during the Pandemic
Where restrictions permit we are able to allow limited use of use of Whitewalls in compliance with social distancing requirements. If you are planning a visit, it is essential that you contact the hut warden (John Stevens) in advance to ensure that space will be available – and that goes for camping in the garden as well as staying in the cottage. Whitewalls will be available for use by members only while these restrictions are in place.1. Cleaning materials – hand sanitiser and cleaning fluid for surfaces – will be provided. Please use these to avoid possible spread of the virus. Wipe down any surfaces that could have been contaminated promptly after use, and again before you leave.2. Changing for caving should be done outside. Day visitors may access Whitewalls to use the downstairs toilet, obtain cave keys, etc and drinks making facilities will be provided in the changing area. Please do not use the main kitchen area. Especially if others are in residence, please avoid visiting other parts of the building, and use only the back door.3. Only members from one household may stay overnight in the cottage at one time. If others are camping in the garden, they may use the changing area and downstairs toilet, accessing the building via the back door, while those staying in the cottage should avoid using this part of the building, using just the front door and upstairs toilet. The objective is to segregate members of different households. Campers may use the drinks making facilities in the changing room but not the kitchen area.4. Consider whether others with priority require entry to the changing area when deciding to use the showers. Day visitors are requested to shower when they get home.5. If you can plan your visit for midweek dates, this will be appreciated by those who can only go at weekends.Thank you for your understanding and cooperation – these measures will not be kept in place any longer than necessary. Similarly, club meets will resume just as soon as circumstances allow.