Wanderer May 2015
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The Wanderer, Issue 29, May 2015
 
 
Camping and Cabins Edition
 
Summer is on its way, spelling sunshine and the smell of sizzling BBQ ahead. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for an outdoorsy adventure. Come with us as we depart on a journey of discovery to explore four pitch-perfect places to spend a night under the stars. Whether you simply want somewhere spectacular to set up camp, favour fully furnished convenience or crave the quirky and the unconventional, you’ll find it all here.
 
YHA Camping & Cabins offers a way to get closer to nature but with the added advantage of access to all the regular hostel facilities. How better to make the most of the better weather. Pack up your kit and caboodle, we’re off!
 
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YHA New Forest
 
 
YHA New Forest
 
  Forget aboout your worries and your strife  
 
 
Ancient folklore and fairies, white witches and wildlife, this part of the New Forest National Park is peerless in its old world charm. Embrace simplicity, let nature nurture your spirit and set up camp at YHA New Forest.
 
 
 
YHA New Forest
 
YHA New Forest
 
A ten-minute walk from the campsite brings you to the thatched cottages, tea rooms and cider farm of the quaint village of Burley. As you stroll around, passing the New Forest Ponies and cattle that freely roam, you’ll notice that magic is a recurrent theme in the local gift shops. That’s because of Sybil Leek, a white witch who lived here in the 1950s with her pet jackdaw Mr Hotfoot Jackson.
 
It’s entirely possible to explore the wider locale without the use of a car. In high season the open-top New Forest Tour bus route links the National Park’s major towns, villages and attractions. Alternatively, escape to the coast; Christchurch is a 45-minute bus journey away and the Blue Flag beach at Southbourne, a favourite amongst locals, is a little way beyond.
 
On the southern edge of the New Forest sits the stunningly beautiful Georgian coastal town of Lymington. Wander its cobbled streets to discover boutique shops before bathing in the open air sea water bath, reputed to be the oldest lido in the UK. Rejuvenated and refreshed, return to the hostel for Supper Club or to self-cater in the campsite’s own kitchen and dining room before turning in in your own tent or one of four that are pre-pitched with beds and bedding provided.
 
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, James:
 
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Rhinefield Ornamental Drive was planted in the 1800s and features many walking and cycling trails. At the Blackwater Arboretum you’ll find the ‘Tall Trees Trail’ where some of the tallest trees in England reside including Douglas firs and giant redwoods.
 
 
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The New Forest Fairy Festival has been summoning 1000s of fairies to Burley for its annual mid-August festival for years. Come along to enjoy live music, dancing, food and storytelling … it’s quite a sight!
 
 
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There are many beer and cider festivals throughout the year but two stand out: The Bransgore Beer Fest (Sept) boasts over 60 ales, live music and good food. The New Forest Cider Open Weekend (Oct) at Burley includes traditional country craft demonstrations, live music and the odd pagan ritual.
 
 
 
 
YHA Land’s End
 
 
YHA Lands End
 
  A swell view of the Atlantic  
 
 
The famous signpost and tourist hotspot of mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point are but five miles south, yet you wouldn’t know it. Cradled in the peaceful Cot Valley, YHA Land’s End offers a tranquil spot far from the madding crowd.
 
 
 
YHA Lands End
 
YHA Lands End
 
With a small but perfectly formed camping area out front, a well-stocked bar, space for BBQs and sweeping views of the ocean, you’d be forgiven for simply pitching up and staying put. And with the addition of a fully furnished, pre-erected bell tent to Land’s End campsite, you can now add a little classy canvas to your Cornish stay.
 
All set up? Let’s go explore! If you’re inspired by the landscapes and locations featured in the recent remake of Poldark, head north to discover highlights of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Botallack Mine, which doubles as Poldark’s family mine, clings to a cliff top near St Just. Carry on north to visit Levant Mine and the working Beam Engine and then on to Geevor Mine, an awe-inspiring interactive attraction charting the history of mining in the area.
 
Looking for more leisure, less learning? Journey south; a 90-minute walk along the South West Coast Path brings you to the sublime scenery and sensational surf of Sennen Cove. It is popular, and for good reason. If you’d prefer your own piece of paradise continue on to Nanjizal, a secluded and often deserted beach far from any road and esteemed as the finest beach on the Penwith peninsula.
 
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Insider tips form Hostel Manager, Chris:
 
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Sennen Farmers’ Market on a Tuesday has been voted the best farmers’ market in Cornwall for the last couple of years. Visit to pick up local food and craft wares.
 
 
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Cape Cornwall is a 30-40 minute walk away. Visit the NCI lookout station to watch waves crash against the rocks. The view out to sea is incredible.
 
 
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Head for the hills and spend a day exploring the Penwith Moors. Look out for stone circles and Iron Age villages as you go. The Tinners Way walk follows the hills from St Just to St Ives.
 
 
 
Cotswold Outdoors  
Cotswold  
 
Our famous nationwide tent shows
 
Searching for the perfect tent for your next trip? At our tent shows you can view dozens of tents pitched outdoors so you can get a real feel for the size, storage and proportions you need. And with expert advice from Cotswold Outdoor staff, special offers, and a huge range of camping equipment and accessories, the Cotswold Outdoor tent show is an unmissable event for anyone camping this season. Find out more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
YHA Canterbury
 
 
YHA Canterbury
 
  City, coast or countryside? The Chaucers yours  
 
 
Want the best of both worlds? Canterbury goes one better. With a city that’s chock-full of history and culture, the coast a mere 7 miles away, Kent AONB to the south and acre upon acre of ancient woodland to explore nearby, this place has it all.
 
 
 
YHA Canterbury
 
YHA Canterbury
 
The city’s many tourist attractions are a 10-minute walk away. First on most people’s must visit list is the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral and its beautiful gardens. Built in 597AD, it’s one of the oldest places of Christian worship in England and the site of Thomas Becket’s assassination in 1170.
 
Next, visit The Canterbury Tales attraction to progress on a pretend pilgrimage from London to Becket’s shrine and discover Canterbury’s most famous literary connection at the same time. Five of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are brought to life through audio guides and animatronics and a recreation of the sights, sounds and stench of medieval life.
 
If you’d like to escape to open space, the traditional seaside town of Herne Bay is a 30-minute drive away. Stretch your legs along its 2-mile seafront. Alternatively, jump in the saddle and cycle around the Blean Woods National Nature Reserve. The Blean covers 11 square miles and is famed as one of the most distinctive areas of ancient woodland in the country.
 
Don’t let the adventure end there. Book an extraordinary overnight and stay in a Large Cabin Deluxe. Each rustic wooden cabin comfortably accommodates 4-5 in a cosy combination of double bed and bunks and comes complete with a kitchenette and en suite bathroom. Enchanting!
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Niki:
 
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Go boating down the gentle River Stour as it meanders through the city centre, whether it be in silent relaxation or with the addition of a guide to point out the best Canterbury has to offer.
 
 
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Hire a bike or bring your own to travel along the Crab & Winkle Way which connects Canterbury to the beautifully quaint seaside town of Whitstable with its art galleries and fantastic seafood.
 
 
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Fill up on a Full English and then embark on a walk around the ancient city wall and on to the top of Dane John Mound to take in the view. Follow up with a picnic in the Dane John Gardens.
 
 
 
 
YHA Wooler
 
 
YHA Wooler
 
  The sheer beauty of the Borderlands  
 
 
Last stop this month, the dramatic landscapes of the north east and the most unique accommodation available in our Camping & Cabins repertoire – Shepherd’s Huts. Painstakingly reproduced by local craftsmen, these mobile shelters replicate those once wheeled into the Cheviot Hills to allow shepherds to tend their flocks. Added mod cons like comfortable beds, electricity and heating make them cosy as can be.
 
 
 
YHA Wooler
 
YHA Wooler
 
A stay here situates you just 400m outside the picturesque stone-built market town of Wooler on the outskirts of the Northumberland National Park. There’s plenty of walking to be had here, either long distance along St Cuthbert’s Way to Lindisfarne or staying closer to home in the hills.
 
The Cheviot is the highest summit in the area and last major peak on the Pennine Way. Begin your ascent from the road at Harthorpe Burn, 4.5 miles south west of the hostel. Once atop this ancient, extinct volcano you’ll be treated to unparalleled views into Scotland; you can see almost to Edinburgh on a clear day.
 
Cyclists are in for a fine time too! The 7 cycle routes of the Wooler Hub radiate from the town and take riders on a journey across heather moorland, through pretty villages, past isolated farmsteads and out to see sweeping coastal panoramas.
 
Before you go, make your way to Bamburgh and the midpoint of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ever impressive Bamburgh Castle looms 150 feet above the coastline; visit the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria to discover 2000 years of fascinating history.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Mick:
 
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Just a 30-minute drive away is Cragside, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. The former home of Victorian innovator Lord Armstrong is packed to the rafters with ingenious inventions and is guaranteed to interest all ages.
 
 
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Board a boat trip out to the Farne Islands to see the 150,000 inhabitants of Britain’s most famous seabird sanctuary. Visit the village of Seahouses for fish and chips while you’re in the vicinity.
 
 
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Get goose bumps on a tour of the torture chamber of the aptly named Chillingham Castle. There’s plenty to interest those of a more nervous disposition at the 12th century stronghold including state rooms, gardens, lakes and parkland designed by Capability Brown.
 
 
 
Breaks for Kids turns 21!
 
  Breaks for Kids turns 21!  
 
 
Since 1994 YHA’s charitable fund has enabled more than 80,000 less fortunate children to experience new places, learn new skills and enjoy adventures alongside their peers. We’re so proud to have helped enhance these young lives and hope to assist 10,000 more this year alone. Help us keep up the good work and support this vital fund with a birthday donation.
 
Please donate online or call 01629 592720 to give over the phone. Thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
Next month:
   
 
  The Food Edition  
 
 
Phew, all that fresh air has given us a healthy appetite. On the menu next month is the Food Edition which will serve up a smorgasbord of culinary delights including local delicacies, foodie festivals and farmers’ markets. Expect taste buds to be tantalised on this trip. Hungry yet? Me too!
 
 
Next month
 
  Find out how were changing the lives one stay at a time
Find out how were changing the lives one stay at a time
 
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