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autumn 19

…and welcome to the autumn issue of The Journey. Some might say this is a time of year for hunkering down, getting through the weekly routine and doing very little. Don’t believe a word of it. Autumn is a season of harvest, hope and adventure, and the lack of summer crowds makes it one of the best times of year to explore those places you’ve always planned to visit. The following pages hold plenty of ideas for your next trip, with a spotlight on nine of our favourite hiking hostels, a bike ride along the South Downs Way and a special pull-out kids’ section. We also meet a YHA staff member heading to Antarctica, highlight some of the best outdoor apps and talk with British adventurer Dwayne Fields about his epic upcoming expedition. Happy reading!

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Six of the best… autumn festivals

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In the city

We welcome two exciting new city properties to our portfolio. There’s magic on the Mersey and treasure on the Tyne. …

Cycling the South Downs

Stretching 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, the South Downs Way is perfect for a hostel-to-hostel mountain bike ride, as …

Make a rainbow collage

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How to cook … baked apples

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Autumn wonders

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Tips for den-building

Autumn woods are great for making dens. Here’s some advice! Choose a flat place in the woods to build your …

Q&A: Dwayne Fields

Dwayne Fields came to the UK from Jamaica when he was six. He was brought up in inner-city London, wrapped …

9 hostels for hiking getaways

Unfurl a map of England and Wales, and before you know it your feet start to itch. All those hills, …

How to: make the most of technology

Hillwalking enthusiast Daniel Neilson argues that technology isn’t such a bad thing in the outdoors. The great outdoors. It’s for …

Tried and tested

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Drying room

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Name the city hostels

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