Caroline White

Welcome

Issue 6 – January 2017

I hope you’ve enjoyed the start to the year. 2017 looks set to be a truly exciting time for us at YHA. I’m delighted to say we’ll be unveiling a fantastic new property, YHA The Sill at Hadrians Wall in the heart of the stunning Northumberland National Park. No less excitingly, we’ll also be making more announcements regarding plans for YHA London Stratford, due to become the largest hostel in the UK. 

The months ahead will be a significant period for me personally, too. After nine years as Chief Executive, I’ve decided that Summer 2017 will be the right time for me pass on the baton. I’ve absolutely loved my time here, and it has given me huge satisfaction to see YHA continue to grow and evolve so successfully. I’m immensely proud of the passion and commitment of all our people, staff and volunteers and I know they’ll continue to be a credit to the organisation.  

Of course, just as crucial to our success are you, our guests. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your ongoing and invaluable support, and I hope you’ll find plenty of travel inspiration from this issue of #LiveMoreYHA. 

 Among other features, you’ll find an account of cycling between Land’s End to John O’Groats, a spotlight on some of our most family-friendly hostels and an interview with our newest ambassador, the incredible Sarah Outen MBE. Elsewhere, we’ve included some creative hostel-kitchen recipes for the self-caterers among you, and we also pay a winter visit to the history-rich city of Cambridge.

Happy reading. 

Caroline Sig

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Gear Guide

Salomon Drifter Mid Hoodie  This reversible mid-layer has a different face fabric on each side. One is a windproof fabric …

How To: be a hostel chef

In this foodie special we’re celebrating some of the country’s best local dishes and ingredients. From Cornish mackerel to Lancashire …

Cambridge Calling

Beat the summer crowds by visiting one of England’s most fascinating cities over the colder months. Ben Lerwill wraps up …

Brilliant Residentials

From the moment the Youth Hostels Association was set up in Britain in 1930, it had a clear purpose: to …

The Long, Long Road

Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is not for the faint-hearted. Amateur adventurer Simon Lock saddles up for the …

Hostellers Q&A

Paul Kavanagh, Manager at YHA Penzance Countryside, city or coast? I can’t live without the sea. Even my holidays are at …

Not just another drama

Yorkshire-based theatre company to tour a play about hostelling. Curtain up! A new play about the history of youth hostelling …

Great reads for 2017

Short daylight hours aren’t all bad. The start of the year is a perfect time for curling up with a …

Celebrity Q&A – Sarah Outen

YHA’s newest ambassador is the extraordinary Sarah Outen MBE. The 31-year-old is best known for her epic expeditions, the most …

Wonder Wall

Opening in Northumberland National Park in summer 2017, YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s  Wall sits just a few minutes from …