Caroline White

Welcome

Issue 5 – October 2016

The magazine you’re now reading comes out four times a year, which means that every time I sit down to write this welcome address a new, fresh season is upon us. It always serves to remind me how quickly the year goes by. Can it really be possible that Christmas is almost with us again? It seems like only yesterday that the mountains were dotted with summer hikers. 

 Here at YHA we try to make every year count, and we’ll be investing millions over the next few years to keep developing and improving our network of hostels. We’ve earmarked ten properties that are set to benefit from extra investment in 2017, and we’ll be working hard to ensure they meet – and even exceed – the high standards we always strive for. 

 We’re proud of the fact that our network already includes a strong number of widely renowned hostels (I’m sure you’ll all have your own favourites), but we know too that some of our properties remain slightly under the radar. That’s why we’ve taken the chance in this issue to highlight nine superbly located hostels that don’t always draw huge attention. We hope they provide some inspiration for your next YHA break. 

 Elsewhere in the magazine you’ll find an interview with our new ambassador, the incredible Sir Ranulph Fiennes, alongside features on taking a cultural city break in Liverpool and trekking hostel-to-hostel in the Brecon Beacons. All that remains is for me to wish you a fantastic remainder of 2016, and to thank you all once again for your ongoing support.

Happy reading. 

Caroline Sig

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Over the winter, an amazing range of more than 100 YHA hostels are available for Exclusive Hire at very low …

The Big Day

YHA Ilam Hall proved the perfect setting for the nuptials of hostellers Polly and Gareth Fate can be a wonderful …

Walking at Night

As the evenings draw in, Daniel Neilson takes time to seize the night  It’s the eyes I notice first. Dozens …

Staying Strong

We’ve invested an amazing £30 million in our hostels over the last three years, with the aim of ensuring we …

Proper family fun

If yours is the kind of family that likes its boots muddy and its hair windswept, you’ll love the fantastic …

Celebrity Q&A – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

One of the world’s greatest living explorers – and YHA’s newest ambassador – Sir Ranulph Fiennes spoke to us between …

Stepping Out Issue 5: Hostellers’ Q&A

We spoke to three outdoor enthusiasts to get their thoughts on dorms, dinners and day-walks. Want to appear here in …

Widescreen Wales

For big climbs, vast views and unspoilt wilderness, try this two-day hostel-to-hostel walk in the Brecon Beacons. By Daniel Neilson …

Show some Mersey

Liverpool has more pedigree than most when it comes to making an impact. Ben Lerwill visits a city that knows …

How to: stay fuelled

These no-bake energy balls are perfect for winter walking. They can be made from almost anything you have in your …

How to: take a compass bearing

There’s more to reading a compass than finding north. Taking a bearing is an essential skill for walking, especially in …

How to: Stay Safe

How to… stay warm and safe in winter Keeping warm sounds straightforward, but it’s easy to go wrong. Here are the …