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The Journey: summer 19

Hello 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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The Journey: summer 19
Summer science

Summer science

How do bees make honey? Female worker bees fly from flower to flower, sucking out a sugary juice called nectar with their tongues.When their ‘honey stomachs’ are full of nectar, they fly back to the hive. Here they pass the nectar from mouth to mouth. Some people...

The Journey: summer 19
Cleveland Way Sign
Yorkshire gold

Yorkshire gold

The Cleveland Way turns 50 years old in 2019 The North York Moors are – to coin a phrase – as old as the hills, but the famed long-distance walking route that traverses the heather moorland is rather younger. When the 109-mile Cleveland Way was opened in 1969, it...

The Journey: summer 19
Q&A: Simon Reeve

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 everywhere from Colombia to Kazakhstan – spent his teenage years spiralling into destructive behaviour to the point where he considered...

The Journey: summer 19
Norfolk skies

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 name that deserves an ice cream: Henry L’Estrange Styleman Le Strange. I’m in the seaside resort of Hunstanton, the start-point of the Norfolk Coast...

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