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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? We invite you to fill your boots, wrap up warm, get out there and create some breath clouds this autumn at some of our wonderful hostels.

YHA Hartington Hall

YHA Hartington Hall lounge area

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 the six miles walk in the White Peak, you’ll welcome a drink from our bar and a cosy up in front of the wood burner.

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YHA Treyarnon Bay

YHA Treyarnon Bay sunset view

YHA Treyarnon Bay is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning a walk in any direction guarantees a gorgeous panorama. Take to the Southwest 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!

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YHA Tintagel

YHA Tintagel snug area

Head north along the Southwest 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 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.

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YHA South Downs

YHA South Downs fireplace

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. When you return, cosy up in front of the farmhouse’s fireplace of epic proportions.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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