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YHA Five Go to Boggle Hole
    30/07/2015 05:18

Five Go to Boggle Hole

Five Go to Boggle Hole

Earlier this summer, five adventurers from YHA's E-Commerce Team went to deepest, darkest Yorkshire for a stay at YHA Boggle Hole. On the way they found shelter at other welcoming hostels, bravely collecting stamps as they went. Read on for a tale of scary vampires, intimidating cows and a shedload of pizza...

After a long drive (and a cheeky stop at Burger King), we found a lovely old school building entwined with roses. YHA Dalby Forest sits in a picture-postcard village where the loudest noise is the birds tweeting.

Hostel Manager Jenny gave us a tour around her hostel, telling us about the people who stay with her – many love exploring the fantastic walking routes nearby. She does an amazing job making all those beds and welcoming even the muddiest of hostellers through her doors!

Then there was a scenic interlude on the Yorkshire Moors; we can really see why people love to go rambling here…

Skipping the 199 steps, we drove up to YHA Whitby. This unique hostel has an amazing location right next to Whitby Abbey, with a massive garden overlooking the seaside town below. The hostel has a fascinating history all of its own too, and we had a peek at its (almost) famous carved Viking beam.

The view was so beautiful that we decided to stop for an al fresco cuppa, accidentally locking ourselves outside. Note to self: always make sure you know how to get in and out of your hostel.

YHA Whitby is perfectly in tune with Whitby’s spooky vibe. In fact, they’re right next to the graveyard described in Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula' – an ideal place to stay for Whitby Goth Weekend!

If you’re staying at YHA Whitby, it’s free to get in at Whitby Abbey next door. It’s an awe-inspiring (and windy) place and the museum has lots of fun exhibits for families. We were pretty hooked in by the site’s audio guide and spent ages exploring the ruins. Don’t forget to take your best camera for some great pics.

At last we reached our home for the night – seaside family fave YHA Boggle Hole. Nestled in a smuggler’s cove, you can’t be much closer to the sea and the hostel’s décor has a fun pirate theme. Boggle Hole is one of our networks oldest and best loved hostels, so it was fab to finally see it. My photos really can’t do it justice, so check out our official ones and the Virtual Tour here.

YHA Boggle Hole is full of unique little touches and the hostel managers have made it their own. As well as this fun seaside backdrop, there are hobby horses to have a Donkey Derby on the beach, a net for badminton games outside, ‘Davy Jones’ Locker’ where you drop dirty laundry and imaginative themed rooms. From secret spyholes to sea monster mannequins, the tour of this magical hostel left us amazed at its secrets.

We couldn’t resist a look at the Boggle Hole itself – a mysterious cave in the cliffs of the beach just outside the hostel. The beach is perfect for a stroll (you can even walk to Robin Hood’s Bay) and although we didn’t find any of the fossils local to the area, we did meet some crabs.

The tide was coming in fast, so to avoid a swim we headed back up the cliff. On our way we met some cows, bulls (eek) and some baby calves. Luckily they were friendly enough to let us pass!

After some delicious homemade pizzas, we chilled out in the café bar. We wrapped ourselves in cosy throws, popped open the wine and – after deciding Boggle was too complex – entertained ourselves with card games. One of my fave things about hostelling is how it brings you together; it was nice to have some time away from our screens.

After a peaceful night’s sleep in the Crow’s Nest annexe, it was time to say goodbye to YHA Boggle Hole. But not before I’d demolished a slice of carrot cake, bought a souvenir and got myself another hostel stamp! Because collecting stamps is cool, right?

On our way back to the office (groan) we stopped at YHA York, which was filled with a group from America – we loved their accents! After checking out the stylish lounge, we tucked in on delicious pizza for the second time in 24 hours, and narrowly missed being tempted by the Ben and Jerry’s vending machine. It’s worth a visit just for that really…

We finished off our hostel-hopping with an interesting tour around YHA York, which is huge and maze-like – perfect for big groups wanting to explore the historic city. Then it was time to journey back home and get back to looking after the YHA website.

Fancy following in the E-Commerce Team's footsteps and having your own seaside break? Book your stay at YHA Boggle Hole now!

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