Caroline White

Welcome

Issue 2 – January 2016

Happy New Year – and a very warm welcome to the second edition of Live More YHA.
The issue you’re now reading is the latest in a tradition of YHA magazines and newsletters stretching back more than 80 years.
The very first was launched in 1932: a publication named Rucksack, which focused on the meteoric rise in popularity of youth hostelling.

Our modern breed of hostels would have been unrecognisable to travellers of the 1930s, but our core values as a charitable organisation – to enrich lives and provide affordable opportunities for fresh experiences – remain every bit as relevant and important today as they were then.

Hostelling remains a fantastic way for people of all ages to explore more of England and Wales, and one aspect that we hope this new magazine will highlight for you is the sheer breadth of our properties around the country.

YHA Keswick sadly fell foul of the floods that affected so much of the north in late 2015, but we’re delighted to report that work is well underway to get it reopened and looking better than ever by late spring.

In this issue we complete a circular walk of four YHA Lake District properties, including Keswick – we hope it gives you inspiration for later in the year.

The best way to support an area is, of course, to visit it, and this issue also covers historic York, a flood-affected city very much back on its feet. Elsewhere you’ll find nature guides, reviews of the latest adventure gear and a round-up of some of the best new outdoor books.

Happy reading.

Caroline Sig

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77 Bombay Street - Swiss Band

77 Bombay Street

The double platinum-selling folk-rockers are coming to a hostel near you this February! YHA talent Following in the footsteps of …
Chris Eubank @ YHA Brighton

Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank… AHA!

Two decades after Alan Partridge suggested ‘Youth Hostelling With Chris Eubank’ as a TV show idea to a bemused BBC …
YHA Summer Camps - Rope Climbing

YHA Summer Camps

“He made friends immediately and tried and loved every activity. The first thing he said on his return was ‘can …
YHA Summer Camps - Alex Rider Activities

Alex Rider Spy Academy

Psst! We’re on the hunt for teenage super spies! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help …

Outdoor books

The start of a new year is always a time for resolutions. If yours, like ours, is to spend even …

Celebrity Q&A with Ed Byrne

Since being nominated for the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe back in 1998, Ed Byrne has gone …
Alec Burslem - Hosteller Q&A

Stepping Out: Hostellers’ Q&A

We spoke to three outdoor enthusiasts to get their thoughts on dorms, dinners and day-walks. Daniel Graham Team member at …
Northumberland - Coastlines, Castles & Cycle Paths

Coastlines, castles and cycle paths

Riding from YHA Berwick-upon-Tweed to YHA Alnwick takes you past many of Northumberland’s coastal highlights, finds Ben Lerwill. When you’ve …

Hostel-to-hostel walking

Could this be the greatest backpacking route in the Lakes? YHA Keswick is currently undergoing major renovations following December’s floods, …

How to…skills for outdoor living

How to dicipher a map In the second of our series looking at Ordnance Survey grid squares, we’re looking at …

YHA Membership – sign up and save money!

Save money every time you stay with us! – Enjoy up to £3 off per night when you stay with …

Gear Review: Wet Weather

Tackling the great outdoors? Don’t leave the house without these little beauties – guaranteed to help you stay dry and …