1930 was the year that welcomed Mickey Mouse, football’s World Cup – and a national hostelling movement in Britain. It was 88 years ago that the association came into being, two decades after a similar concept had begun in Germany. We had a clear mission from the start – aims we still steadfastly adhere to today – and had big plans, opening 73 hostels in 1931 alone. It was an inauspicious start, with a handful of them closing in the first year, but over the intervening decades we’ve built the network into one we’re truly proud of.
What’s more, three of those original hostels are still open today: