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Affiliate Groups

What are Affiliate Groups?

YHA Affiliate Groups – also known as Local Groups – are a way for like-minded people to get together and explore the wonderful network of youth hostels run by YHA in England and Wales, part of the world-wide Hostelling International network. This site has been set up both for people who want to join a group, and for those who run them.

Join a Group

If you're a YHA member and would like to be part of a wider community, YHA Affiliate Groups are for you. There are groups all over the country who are waiting to hear from you! They offer the opportunity to be part of a group of like-minded people who enjoy meeting regularly to share experiences, swap stories and take part in social activities. Browse through the list of affiliated groups below, to find your nearest one.


Organisation Name Group Contact Name Contact number Contact email
Andover Outdoor Group
Barnet YHA Group David Lauder 020 8449 1553
Bedford Outdoor Group Ann Mayhew 01234 781648
Bournemouth Boghoppers Len Mills 01202 777880
Bristol Walking & Hostelling Group Martin Yorke 0117 9701858
Bromley Outdoor Group Alan Sealy 020 8777 6788
Cardiff Outdoor Group Steve Bees 07812 586949
Central London Outdoor Group Garry Gerrish 07974141380
Chelmsford & District YHA Local Group Jim Dixon 01277 654928
Chester & District Walking Group Jon Talbot 01244 660009
Croydon YHA Group - COPSE Andrew Thynne 0208 6565744
Coventry & Warwickshire Outdoor Group Nigel Hickman 02476 454646
Derby Activity Social & Hiking Group Allyson Crackles-Smith 01332-726166
Dunstable & District Walking & Hostelling Group
Durham (North) YHA Local Group John E Gibson
Ealing Outdoor Club Jane Cable
East Cheshire Outdoor Group John Haigh 01625 268692
Epping Forest Outdoor Group Susan Carroll 0208 989 1328
Exeter Outdoor Group Jane Hewitt 01392 660646
Gloucestershire Outdoor Group Elizabeth Macdonald 01452 303832
Guildford Outdoor Group Julie Tidy
Gwydyr Mountain Group David Gray 0151 639 0421
Harrogate Fell and Dale Club Paul Shearman 01423 873330
Harrow and Wembley Outdoor Group - HAWOG Paul
Hostellers Sailing Club John Perry
Ipswich Outdoor Group Paul Wright 7833320306
Kendal Hostellers Geoff Hodkinson 01539 721350
Lancaster & Morecambe      
Leeds YHA Local Group Janice Bairstow
Leicester Local YHA Group Liz Kemp
Lincoln Footprints Group Jean Garner 01522 809964
Manchester YHA Group Alyson Belski 0161 865 6228
Mid Kent Outdoor Pursuits Group Bohdan Rainczuk
Milton Keynes YHA Local Group
Newport Outdoor Group Sue Shea 07900 604915
Northampton Outdoor Group
Nottingham Outdoor & YHA Group
Notts C.T.C Terry Scott 0115 9863214
Outdoor Lads      
Over 50's YHA Group Audrey Lister 01424 848265
Peak & Northern Footpaths      
Potteries Outdoor Group Sarah Sayburn 01785 280238  
Reading Outdoor Group Ron Cutler 01235 850578
Redhill & Reigate      
Sale Walking & Activity Group Kate Possnett 0161 9429728
Sheffield YHA Local Group
Single Parent Travel Club      
St. Albans Adventure Group
Stafford U3AHostelling group Brian Heathcote 01785 714547
Stockport Walking Outdoors Jack Martin 0161 4271663
Sunderland Local Group David Ritchie 0191 5810490  
Swansea Outdoor Group
Telford & Shropshire outdoor activity Group
Trac-Wakefield Local Group Jackie Richardson 01924 829096
Tyneside Walking & Social Group Julia Fell 0191 286 3829
West Birmingham Walking Group Julian Beck 0121 707 6867
Wharfedale Hillwalkers Richard Coppell 0113 217 5603
Woodcraft Folk Jon Nott 020 7703 4173
Worcester and Malvern Outdoor Group Catherine Lees 01905 424611
YHA Adventure Group (YAG)      


There are numerous Affiliate Groups across England and Wales, so just find the group that’s closest to you and start networking.  If you’d like more information on Affiliate Groups, contact us on 0800 0191 700 / 01629 592 700, email us or download our Affiliate Groups Guidance Pack.

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