Activities, Issue 1

Changing Gear – YHA invests £270,000 in cycling facilities

YHA Bike Cleaning Station

The future is two-wheeled. Here at YHA we’ve always worked hard to make our hostels the perfect fit for active travellers, and we’re delighted to announce that we’re investing a total of £270,000 in creating new and improved cycling facilities at dozens of our most bike-friendly properties.

The money – of which £161,500 came from the Peak District National Park Authority – is going directly towards providing cyclists of all ages with even more reasons to get out and explore.

Among other things, guests will be able to benefit from cycle repair and maintenance stations, new and expanded secure storage areas, bike washing and bike spares. So whether you need a replacement inner tube, somewhere to clean off muddy tyres or just the peace of mind that comes from overnight security, we’re here to oblige.

Britain has a world-class network of cycle routes, and many of our hostels sit in glorious locations widely renowned for their bike trails. The first swathe of properties to benefit from the initiative are prime examples.

And excitingly, this is just the first phase in the initiative – more cycling developments will be announced later in the year.

Cycling investments at our hostels

The 25 hostels receiving investment this year are:

YHA Berwick, YHA Bristol, YHA Castleton, YHA Conwy, YHA Dartmoor, YHA Eastbourne, YHA Edale, YHA Eden Project, YHA Eyam, YHA Hartington Hall, YHA Hathersage, YHA Hawkshead, YHA Helmsley, YHA Holmbury, YHA Ilam Hall, YHA Keswick, YHA London Lee Valley, YHA Malham, YHA National Forest, YHA Ravenstor, YHA South Downs, YHA Swanage, YHA Truleigh Hill, YHA Wye Valley and YHA Youlgreave

3 of the best hostel-to-hostel bike rides

1. YHA South Downs > YHA Eastbourne – Pedal across the Downs for fine rolling views

2. YHA Hartington Hall > YHA Ravenstor – Join the trails and cycle through the White Peak

3. YHA Alnwick > YHA Berwick – Enjoy the sweeping scenery of the North East coastline

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