The Journey: spring 19

9 hostels tailor-made for cycling breaks

Whether you’re a fan of muddy mountain biking or long, challenging days on country roads, whether you have bike-mad mates or a three-year-old who’s a master on the balance bike, these YHA hostels make perfect cycling break accommodation with secure stores and other facilities. Where’s your next trip?

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Lovely Peak District property

Deep in the Hope Valley of the Peak District is this 146-bed refurbished gothic mansion. It’s set among 27 acres of parkland, but it’s the land beyond that pulls cyclists. Some of the country’s best mountain biking is almost literally on its doorstep, and the 205-mile Pennine Bridleway passes nearby too, offering further adventure. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-castleton-losehill-hall

YHA Berwick

YHA Berwick

Well-located for national cycle routes

Cycling opportunities out of the ancient town of Berwick are diverse – international, even. Head north over the Scottish border, with Edinburgh a six-hour coastal ride away, or pedal south towards history-rich Lindisfarne along National Cycle Route 1. The hostel has cycle storage on site. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-berwick

YHA Conwy

YHA Conwy

North Wales bolthole for MTB breaks

Not only is the mountainous Snowdonia landscape crisscrossed with thrilling mountain bike trails, but National Cycle Network Route 5, linking Reading to Holyhead via Oxford and Colwyn Bay, goes right by the hostel. Gwydyr Forest, an MTB hub worth checking out, is ten miles away. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-conwy

YHA Dartmoor

YHA Dartmoor

For quiet lanes and family holidays

Some call Dartmoor bleak. We don’t. With an expansive network of designated cycling routes along quiet back-country roads and more than 210 miles of bridleways, the National Park is a top option. The venerable YHA Dartmoor is particularly well suited to groups.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-dartmoor

YHA Eastbourne

YHA Eastbourne

Gateway to the South Downs NP

A pedestrian seaside town? Pah! Eastbourne has great road cycling and mountain biking routes, whether it’s deep into the Weald’s country roads or on the the South Downs. YHA Eastbourne sits on the route of the South Downs Way, stretching to Winchester 100 miles away.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-eastbourne

YHA Grinton Lodge

YHA Grinton lodge

Perfect for Yorkshire Dales rides

It’s no coincidence that this former hunting lodge, set in Yorkshire moorland, was one of our first hostels to install cycle stores and facilities. Mountain bikers and road cyclists flock to Swaledale for some of the county’s best trails. There’s a high chance of finding like-minded cyclists at the lodge. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-grinton-lodge

YHA Helmsley

YHA Helmsley

Family fun in the North York Moors

Beloved of tourist brochures, the little market town of Helmsley sits on the fringes of the North York Moors National Park. Its cosy hostel draws cyclists of all abilities. The property is kitted out with a cycle store and repair station, and the park has family-friendly forest tracks. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-helmsley

YHA Ironbridge Coalport

YHA Ironbridge Coalport

Ideal base for the Shropshire hills

A former china factory on the banks of the Severn – and now part of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site – this atmospheric Shropshire hostel has proper cycling credentials. Cyclists can follow routes 45 and 55 straight out of the door, while mountain bikers can take on the hills. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-ironbridge-coalport

YHA National Forest

YHA National Forest

Perfect for cycle-mad families

This eco-friendly Derbyshire hostel in the heart of the National Forest is nicely set up for cyclists. There’s a well-equipped bike shed, various trails lead from outside the front door and the close-at-hand National Forest Cycle Centre has some great paths for families. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-national-forest

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