How To, Issue 2

How to…skills for outdoor living

How to dicipher a map

In the second of our series looking at Ordnance Survey grid squares, we’re looking at the coastal area around YHA Boggle Hole. This newly-refurbished hostel sits by the coast at Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park. This time, we’re also zooming in on a 1:25,000 Explorer map.


©Crown Copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey. Media 020/16
1 1:25,000 scale maps are more detailed than 1:50,000 maps and include more water features and names.
2. Natural coastal features include outcrop
3. Sand
4. Contours are marked in light brown on 1:25,000 maps
5. Access land marked by brown border
6. Slopes marked by series of short lines
7. Visitor centre. Blue symbols are for leisure information
8. National Trail, in this case the Cleveland Way
9. Green circles are other routes with public access
10. The pink triangle is a youth hostel. In this case YHA Boggle Hole

How to go beachcombing

Robin Hood’s Bay is particularly good for beachcombing, especially after a winter storm. Here are a few basic tips on how to seek out hidden nuggets in this old smuggler’s cove.

• Time your search for low tide. The more beach you can comb the better.
• Focus initially on the strandline, the marking on the beach left by high tide.
• Keep an eye out for Whitby Jet, the black,smooth fossilised wood that can be used for jewellery.
• Wrap up warm and wear a watch (for tide times). You might also want to bring a small trowel, a camera and even a metal detector.
• What else you might find: fossils, driftwood, old bottles, amber, coins.

How to identify the tit family

Anyone with a bird-feeder will be familiar with the various species of the tit family, but telling them apart isn’t always easy. Below are five of the UK’s most common garden visitors (and remember, it’s winter when they most need those feeders full).

Blue tit

Simple to recognise thanks to its blue cap and yellow breast.

Great tit

The largest UK tit, with a glossy black head, white cheeks and an olive back.

Coal tit

Small, with a grey back and a distinctive white patch at the nape of the neck.

Long-tailed tit

Mainly grey, black and white with (yes) a long tail – often in a flock.

Marsh tit

Very similar to the in-decline willow tit. Pale cheeks, grey-brown wings.

Teachers Get classes involved in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch until 12 Feb

How to cook easy, energy packed cookies

It may seem a little extravagant making cookies in a hostel, but it’s a good idea for three reasons: they’re delicious, nutritious and hugely versatile.

Ingredients? Your choice! Throw in trail mix, granola, porridge or even a chocolate bar. It’s also a great way to pass time with the kids on long winter evenings before the next day’s walk. And, if needed, you can make them using the stove-top alone.

1. In a bowl mix 50g of butter with 50g of sugar. Then stir in an egg and any interesting spices left on the ‘food for free’ shelf – cinnamon powder is ideal.
2. In another bowl, mix 50g of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder, and 150g of, well, anything: raisins, crushed nuts, a Mars bar – your choice.
3. Mix in with the butter mixture. Dollop onto a baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins (gas mark 4/180C), or on a low heat in a frying pan until nice and brown.

Book your stay at YHA Boggle Hole here.

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