Hygge: The Danish art of cosy comfort and enjoying the good things in life. So, diet be blown! Woolly layers forgive that extra roast potato. And what better aid to digestion than a stroll along a deserted beach or quiet countryside? To coincide with Ordnance Survey’s National Map Reading Week (16th-22rd October) we invite you to fill your boots, wrap up warm, get out there and create some breath clouds. Then it’s back to one of these beauties to enjoy a roaring fire:
Stride south from the 17th-century manor house via the village and you’ll be at the River Dove in no time. Follow the winding water down to the wonderful wooded gap of Beresford Dale and beyond to the spectacular and steep-sided Wolfscote Dale. Complete the circuit via the long dry valley of Biggin Dale. After this six mile walk in the White Peak, you’ll welcome a drink from our bar and a cosy up in front of the wood burner.
Treyarnon Bay is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning a walk in any direction guarantees a gorgeous panorama. Take to the South West Coast Path for an astonishing view from the cliff tops. Alternatively, if the tide is with you, throw off your cares and your shoes and take a stroll along the long sandy shore. Once home you can look forward to a beer in one of YHA’s best bars. There’s a fire in the lounge, but if you stay in one of the Premium Bell Tents before the end of October you’ll have a wood burning stove all to yourself!
From full day walks to family-friendly few-milers, this corner of God’s Own County is brilliant for memorable rambles up hill and down (Yorkshire) Dale. Not only is Kettlewell the first stop on the Dales Way, it also lies at the foot of Great Whernside. Whether you take a trip up and over Buckden Pike, stroll over the tops to Grassington or take a walk along the Wharfe, YHA Kettewell’s log burning stove is a great welcome home after a tiring (and wholly satisfying) day in the Dales.
Head north along the South West Coast path to reach the legendary castle and then beyond the Arthurian ruin to Barras Nose, Bossiney Haven and the rare beauty of Rocky Valley (with undulations this steep it’s a breath-taking walk in more ways than one). If you prefer life a little more leisurely, enjoy the hour’s ramble south to the wide sands of Trebarwith Strand. If it’s raining, worry not – the best bit about this walk is the fantastic pub at the end. If the weather is really and truly against you though, stay put in our magnificent cliff-top hostel to enjoy front row seats to the fury of the Atlantic. When the fire’s on, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.
Stay here and you’re right on the South Downs Way. For a great introduction to the character of this countryside, head east to Alfriston. This section is the most open of the trail and offers unparalleled panoramas over the scarp slopes to the west, Lewes to the north and the sea to the south. Three miles into the route you’ll pass Firle Beacon; climb to the top for spectacular 360˚ views. Just make sure you’re back in time for Supper Club and a pint of something local in front of the farmhouse’s fireplace of epic proportions.