Caroline White

Welcome

Issue 7 – April 2017

At YHA we make it our business to think about the future. We’re deeply proud of our long history as an organisation – 87 years and counting! – but we know that a large part of our responsibility lies in ensuring that we can continue to have a positive impact on future generations of young people. We care passionately about creating new experiences and opportunities for young people, and as such we make it one of our most important priorities. 

To this end we’ve invested more than £37 million since 2011, helping to bring brand new Youth Hostels to life and refurbishing ones we have had for many years in the network. To choose just three of many examples, YHA Tanners Hatch has recently reopened following investment; YHA Keswick, which suffered so badly in last year’s floods, is now back open with vastly improved facilities; and the brand new, state-of-the-art YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall will open its doors this summer.  

I hope you’ll find plenty to inspire you in this latest issue of #LiveMoreYHA. Among all manner of other content you’ll find features on The Lake District and Bristol, as well as an interview with the wonderful Kate Humble.  

 I have been immensely proud to lead the transformation of YHA into a vibrant network of hostels welcoming so many new people and giving them the opportunity to explore and experience cities and towns and the countryside of England and Wales. I’m also deeply grateful for the commitment and support of you, our guests, without whom we simply wouldn’t have achieved the successes of the last few years.

Happy hostelling and my best wishes to you all.  

Caroline Sig

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Competition – Win a £150 Salewa Jacket

Name the national parks   WIN! One of two £150 Salewa jackets England and Wales have thirteen national parks between …

Readers’ Pics

My wall drawing at YHA Portland, done with marker pen –  Hannah Morris www.hannahmmorris.co.uk  Early start in the Peak District after …

Gear Guide

Lowe Alpine Tensor 23 Backpack An excellent all-round daypack that can be used for walking, scrambling, multi-pitch climbing and skiing. …

How to… find the best weather forecast

There’s a reason the British are obsessed with the weather: namely because it’s so unpredictable. And in a mountain environment, …

Bristol by bike

A slow cycle around Bristol Harbour is one of the best ways to see the city’s sights for all ages, …

Our favourite day walks in the Lake District

It can take a lifetime of commitment to cover every fell in the Lakes, and not all of us are …

Hostellers Q&A

Steve Chapman, Manager at YHA Ravenstor and avid mountain biker Countryside, city or coast?  It’s got to be the countryside for …

Tri this for size

YHA has teamed up with British Triathlon to launch a series of new triathlon events over the months ahead  Get …

Canine Comforts

Hear that? The thumping tail? That’s the sound of one very happy dog. Yes, the time has come – we’re …

Celebrity Q&A: Kate Humble

To call Kate Humble a lover of the outdoors would be an understatement. The presenter lives on a South Wales …

Settling into the future

We’re continuing to invest in our hostels around the country, ensuring properties like the lovely YHA Tanners Hatch are well …