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winter 19

…and welcome to the winter issue of The Journey. How’s your year been? If it’s been anything like ours, you’ve had ups, downs and a few laughs along the way. But while winter might be here, hibernation is the last thing on our minds – in fact, the chillier months offer some of the very best opportunities for getting outside and seeing our beautiful country in a different light. In this issue we highlight nine of our best Exclusive Hire hostels, speak with BBC 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews about her first ascent of Snowdon, and take a closer look at one of the UK’s liveliest cities, Bristol. And as usual, you’ll also find competitions, new gear reviews and a pull-out children’s section. Happy reading!

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The customers’ castle

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Q&A: Cerys Matthews

Travel writer Phoebe Smith asks musician and radio presenter Cerys Matthews about her first YHA experience, the parts of Wales …

Bristol: on tour

The South West’s biggest city is a gem, but knowing where to start your explorations can be tricky – we …

Winter bird food

Winter can be a difficult time for birds. They need to eat lots of winter bird food, for energy and …

How to make…

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What is hibernation?

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Winter scavenger hunt

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Here’s a few reasons to like winter

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9 hostels for Exclusive Hire

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How to stargaze

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Tried and tested

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Our reader’s pictures

Our reader’s picture this issue comes from Emma Johns. “I thought I would send this picture of our daughter Ella …

WIN! A copy of Fantastic Female Adventurers

We have two copies of Lily Dyu’s Fantastic Female Adventurers to give away. Published by Shrine Bell and new for …

Name the Welsh hostels

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