A hostel which was heavily affected by floods last year, but will be returning March 2017 with vastly improved facilities.
The ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwent water is a picture! Its scalloped edges make for glassy calm waters and its reflections are a photographer’s dream.
Borrowdale, home of the world’s first pencils! In 1550 a shepherd in Seathwaite discovered black lead (or graphite) and used it to label his sheep. By 1851 Keswick had four factories and pencil manufacture had become its major industry.
Skiddaw dominates the skyline in this part of the northern lakes. At 931 metres high it’s the 6th highest mountain in England and can be scaled via a route from the hostel door in about three hours.
Castlerigg Stone Circle, surrounded by mountain scenery, is one of the most astonishing sights in Lakeland. Dating from c.3, 000 BC, it’s one of Britain’s earliest stone circles and boasts a panorama that’s pure drama, with awesome views of Helvellyn and High Seat
Our farmhouse conversion is being completely reconfigured to improve the layout and facilities. One thing that won’t change is this lovely little hostel’s splendid setting on the Pembrokeshire Coast.
The secluded beaches of West Wales are popular pupping sites for Atlantic grey seals. Chug on over to Ramsey Island on a boat trip to see their favourite local beaching ground.
Only Devon equals Pembrokeshire for the most Blue Flag beaches in the UK. Closest to the hostel, Whitesands is home to a wide stretch of fine sand and some of the best surfing in the country.
St David’s is Britain’s smallest city. It’s named after the Celtic saint born here in 500 AD. According to legend, at the moment St Non gave birth to St David, there was a great thunderstorm and a holy well sprung up. The ruin of an ancient chapel marks the spot, above St Non’s Bay.
Pembrokeshire’s high cliffs are perfect for coasteering. Throw caution to the wind and yourself in the sea with a local provider to explore hidden sea caves, rock arches and gullies before plunging into the legendary Blue Lagoon.
Our Grade II-listed cottage’s sympathetic renovation sees it retain all of its Surrey Hills country charm and gain a few more home comforts. Plus, we debut family-friendly Safari tents in our gorgeous garden.
The top of Leith Hill tower is the highest point in South-East England and the best place to take in the surrounding countryside. Use the telescope at the top and on a clear day you might even make out the clock faces of Big Ben!
Daughter of a multimillionaire and matchmaker to the Royal Family, Mrs Ronnie Greville was the Edwardian era’s hostess with the mostest. Her Surrey property, Polesden Lacey, was a playground for the rich and famous and is now open to the public.
Dorking’s West Street is awash with antiques and objet d’art ranging from the medieval to the art deco. Surrey’s ultimate shopping street is chock full of curiosities and a place of pilgrimage for collectors.
Walk the chalk of the White Peak with a wander around Denbies Hillside. The stunning chalk escarpment is home to fascinating flora and fauna as well as a number of Second World War pill boxes designed to defend against Nazi invasion.
Following first-rate renovations, our large hostel on the edge of the Docklands will have a new lease of life. Getting into town’s a doddle, either by train or along the Thames Path. The bright lights of the capital await!
Take a sightseeing stroll along the Thames Path into town. Landmarks along the route include the Brunel Museum; The Angel pub, site of Edward III’s manor house; Execution Dock, where Captain Kidd was put to death; St. Saviours Dock, where Dickens’ Bill Sykes met his end; and finally, world-famous Tower Bridge.
The Thames is a tidal river. When the water recedes it reveals one of the richest archaeological sites in the country. Join the other mudlarks at low tide to see what treasures you can unearth on the riverbank!
Why is the Isle of Dogs called the Isle of Dogs? No one knows for sure but one theory explains that it’s because Henry VIII’s used to keep his hunting dogs here. Upon hearing the dogs barking on the marsh, passing seamen named the place accordingly.
Cross the Thames on the ferry to visit The Museum of London Docklands. Located on the Isle of Dogs, the east London museum tells the history of London's River Thames, trade and the growth of the Docklands.
A brand new state-of-the-art hostel and the country’s first National Landscape Discovery Centre combine to make YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall the perfect base for adventures in Northumberland National Park.
Sycamore Gap, with its solitary tree, made for an iconic shot in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Walk there for a fantastic photo op and breathtakingly scenic views
The Sill’s landmark design is inspired by the awe-inspiring Whin Sill. Rising like a great wave, this remarkable ridge-like escarpment was formed from volcanic activity 295 million ago.
Hadrian’s Wall took 15,000 people six years to build! It lies just a few hundred metres away and the Roman Fort of Vindolanda is mere minutes away
After a Hard Day’s Night in this capital of culture, you’ll be glad of a good rest. And where better than the newly refurbished bedrooms of our fab hostel! Golden Slumbers guaranteed.
Bella and Bertie, the two Liver Birds on top of the Royal Liver Building have been there since 1911. Bella looks out to sea and Bertie watches over the city; legend has it that if the two ever face each other, Liverpool will crumble.
The Albert Dock is the largest complex of Grade I listed buildings in the country. Plus, it’s a great place to hang out. Enjoy the museums, watch the world go by from a bar, or canoe into the dock from the Liverpool Watersports Centre!
In 2003, Guinness World Records named Liverpool the ‘World Capital of Pop’. Liverpool has produced more number one hit singles than any other city in the world. Little wonder with the likes of The Beatles, Cilla Black and Frankie Goes to Hollywood all hailing from here.
We’ve got plenty more to shout about in 2017, here’s where else we’re busy renovating to give you a tip top stay!