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spring 20

…and welcome to the first issue of 2020 of The Journey. Bring out the bunting! This year is a special one for us at YHA, marking nine decades since our formation as a national organisation. Various celebrations will be taking place to tie in with our 90th anniversary, including a bumper souvenir issue of The Journey in early summer. Plenty has changed in the years since we first came into being, but our core aims and values – inclusion, wellbeing and access for all to nature and culture – remain the same. On which note, we hope the following pages bring you some inspiration for your travels over the next few months. We visit London, speak to Paralympian Steve Bate and take a look at some of the most family-friendly hostels in the network. Happy reading!   

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A pivotal journey

This photo shows a group of friends from Merseyside (and an assortment of nattily dressed bystanders) on a trip to …

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 …

Spotted on screen

Lights… camera… action! Our landmark 90th anniversary isn’t passing unnoticed. In mid-February, the BBC’s Inside Out East Midlands dedicated a …

Four days, three nights, 386 miles in the saddle

A Business Intelligence Developer with YHA for the past three years, Rob Abrey set himself a mammoth fundraising challenge in …

YHA is 90!

It’s going to be a monumental year for YHA (England & Wales), as we celebrate 90 years since the organisation …

Q&A Steve Bate

Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in late 2011 and officially registered blind. In 2013, he became the first …

Little-known London

Buckingham Palace? Westminster Abbey? Pah! Getting the most out of London means enjoying some of its lesser-known treasures – here …

How to… help hedgehogs

This is the time of year when hedgehogs start to appear again, after their winter hibernation. But how much do …

Wildflower spotting checklist

Spring is when wildflowers start to appear in our woodlands, gardens and hedgerows. They’re very important, because they help provide …

How to… climb trees safely

Are you a tree-climber? Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe! • Choose the right sort of tree, always …

COMPETITION!

We have three copies of the National Trust’s new 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ to give away to …

2020: Your year of adventure

Getting into a new outdoor activity can be utterly life-changing. You may already be a fan – or even a …

9 family-friendly hostels

Wide-open spaces and curious ruins. Hidey-holes, beach gates and secret passageways. Buildings loaded with myth and legend. YHA’s hostel network …

What to look for when… you’re identifying trees

Ever been frustrated by whether you’re looking at a beech or a birch? You just need to know what to …

Tried and tested

Four outdoor items put through their paces by The Journey team. KEEN Explore Vent keenfootwear.com  Once the warmer months arrive, there …

Drying room

Our reader’s picture this issue comes from Paul Howlett: “I’ll be using this stunning bike for my Everesting and 1,200 …

WIN! Darn Tough socks

We have one women’s and one men’s pair of the amazing Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks to …

Name the countries

WIN! a men’s or women’s KEELA Belay Pro jacket worth £90. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable year of …