Caroline White

Welcome

Issue 1 – August 2015

I’m delighted to welcome you to the first edition of Live More YHA, a new quarterly publication aimed at showcasing the best of England and Wales across coast, countryside and city.

We hope it also gives you a greater insight into the work we do as a charitable organisation. It’s our 85th anniversary year, and here at YHA we remain firm believers in the fact that adventure, activity and fresh experience have the potential to enhance lives.

In this first issue we hike the full length of the fabled Snowdon Horseshoe, visit the Royal Pavilion and skim pebbles on a family trip to Brighton, plus hear from Ben Fogle on his love of the outdoors.

We also speak to Alan Hinkes, YHA Ambassador and the first Brit to climb all the world’s mountains over 8,000m, to hear his take on exploring the UK. Elsewhere you’ll also find how-to tips on map reading, cookery and stargazing.

We live in a truly special part of the world, full of adventurerich landscapes and culturally unique towns and cities.

So whether you’re a valued member, a long-term supporter or just a friend of the organisation, we hope the following pages give you the desire and motivation to get out and explore even more of England and Wales – no matter what your age.

Caroline Sig

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In this issue

85 Years In The Making

In 1930, a group of volunteers set up an association to provide young working people with an affordable escape. YHA …
YHA Bike Cleaning Station

Changing Gear – YHA invests £270,000 in cycling facilities

The future is two-wheeled. Here at YHA we’ve always worked hard to make our hostels the perfect fit for active …

Open doors and pop-up shops

YHA Day returns for 2015 with more events than ever Get the dates in your diary. YHA Day is back! …

Stepping Out: Q&A

We spoke to two YHA members and a Hostel Manager to get their thoughts on dorms, dinners and day-walks. Want …
YHA Cardiff Central - Reception & Social Area

Welcome to YHA Cardiff

The state-of-the-art YHA Cardiff Central was unveiled in March, offering 320 beds in a brilliant central location and occupying what …

Breaks for Kids

YHA supports adventure breaks for children. It relies on the backing of its members. A big thank you — you’ve …

Tackling the Horseshoe

By James Ottery I’m glad I didn’t opt for the lie-in. It’s never a chore to greet a clear day …

Sharks and Chandeliers

Sometimes headlines take forever to write, sometimes they write themselves, and on some occasions – well, this one – a …

10 things to do in London for under a tenner

London is one of the most influential and exciting cities on the planet, but enjoying it doesn’t have to cost …

Great Adventures with Alan Hinkes

Alan Hinkes was the first Briton to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000m peaks. He was awarded the OBE …

Three great How Tos for hostellers

Out on the open road again? Here are a few handy bits of knowledge from the YHA memory – you …

Ben Fogle Interview

It’s now 15 years since Ben Fogle first found fame on the BBC reality show Castaway. He’s since become one …