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summer 19

…and welcome to the summer issue of The Journey. For hostellers, the warmer months of the year are often a time of exploration, whether discovering new places or revisiting favourite haunts. There’s nothing quite like travelling back to a familiar corner of the country to find it remains as handsome as ever, and similarly there’s little that compares to that feeling of arriving somewhere special for the first time and puzzling ‘why haven’t I made it here before?’.

As ever, we hope the following pages bring you some inspiration for your adventures. In this issue, we talk with traveller extraordinaire Simon Reeve, visit the birdlife-rich North Norfolk coast on a hostel-to-hostel walk and flag up nine of our favourite properties along the coast. You’ll also find the usual competitions, news and gear reviews, as well as a special pull-out kids’ section. Enjoy the read, and happy travels – wherever it is you are, and wherever it is you’re going.

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Make your own trail mix

When you’re hiking, it’s always a good idea to carry water and snacks – and this simple trail mix recipe …

Take a slow safari

It’s very easy to rush through life – to charge about the place like a hare in a hurry, dashing …

Readers pics

Each issue we print a reader’s picture that’s really grabbed our attention.  Share your picture on Twitter: #LiveMoreYHA or email us …

9 hostels for coastal getaways

Few things in life beat a trip to the seaside, and more than 35 of our hostels sit on – …

Summer science

How do bees make honey? Female worker bees fly from flower to flower, sucking out a sugary juice called nectar …

Your YHA discoveries

Each issue we’ll be sharing some special moments you’ve had while staying with YHA. We’d love to hear about your …

Yorkshire gold

The Cleveland Way turns 50 years old in 2019 The North York Moors are – to coin a phrase – …

The 268-mile man

Paul Howlett, YHA’s Operations Manager for the North West, conceived an epic new challenge to raise money for YHA. It …

Big plans for Bryn Gwyn

Help save this special hostel Few who visit YHA Snowdon Bryn Gwynant are unmoved by its location. This Victorian mansion …

Northern exposure

With the Granary Gallery at YHA Berwick holding a major JMW Turner exhibition, now is the perfect time to turn …

Q&A: Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve did not have an easy childhood. The presenter and author – whose on-the-road documentaries have taken BBC audiences …

How to: Go fastpacking

Fastpacking? This has become one of the latest crazes in the mountains. A multi-day or done-in-a-day route that lets you …

YHA Street: Old meets new

Like so many hostels in our network, YHA Street had a curious beginning. The hostel on Ivythorn Hill, Somerset, was …

Norfolk skies

The Norfolk Coastal Path is a treat for walkers, as Ben Lerwill discovers on a hostel-to-hostel hike. Now here’s a …

Competitions

WIN! £75 worth of Yugen outdoor gear We have a range of 15 outdoorsy items from the Yugen Explore range …

Tried and tested

Four outdoor items put through their paces by The Journey team Jack Wolfskin Langdale Fleecejack-wolfskin.co.uk Part of a new eco-friendly …