Wanderer April 2014
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The Wanderer, Issue 16, April 2014
 
 
Hazy Days Edition
 
The sunshine has put us all in a good mood, and now we’re in a holiday humour we thought it about time we started looking forward to the summer season. This month we bring you some fresh ideas for ways to spend those hazy days. From blissed out beach escapes to exhilarating outdoor pursuits, the serenity of wild swimming to feel good festival fun, here you’ll find four properties promising a summer to remember.
 
If you’ve got a specific activity or getaway in mind, do check back in The Wanderer archive for recommendations.
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YHA TREYARNON
 
 
YHA Treyarnon
 
  Sand surf and sensational sunsets  
 
 
Within pebble-skimming distance of the sea, YHA Treyarnon offers ready access to a plethora of coastal activities. Treyarnon Bay itself is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning a walk in any direction guarantees a gorgeous panorama.
 
 
 
Hawkshead
 
Hawkshead
 
Take to the South West Coast Path for an astonishing view from the cliff tops; at low tide, throw off your shoes for a stroll along the long sandy shore. The beach is famed for its rock pools, including the large ‘natural’ swimming pool at the base of the low cliffs by the Hostel.
 
At mid to full tide, the surf at Treyarnon is at its best. Want to learn? Then book our surf package. We’ve teamed up with Harlyn Surf School to bring you two amazing days of riding Atlantic waves over 16-18 May. The School also offers courses in coasteering, kayaking and paddleboarding – perfect for adventure seekers looking to make some memories.
 
“If you fancy doing nothing very much at all then Treyarnon’s sheltered coves are just the place to soak up the summer sun.”
 
At the tail end of summer, 6-10 August, Boardmasters festival takes over nearby Newquay. The 5-day festival sees surf, BMX and skate competitions at Fistral Beach and an incredible line up of musicians perform on the eight stages at Watergate Bay. Day tickets are still available.
 
At YHA Treyarnon you’ll find a laid back atmosphere, good food and a well-stocked bar. And with a campsite that’s now bookable online it’s even easier to plan a stay at this popular destination; so call your best mates, pack up your tent and escape to beautiful sea views and astonishing sunsets.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Nick:
 
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Send the kids on a legendary 5-night YHA Summer Camp. Choose from Future Leader – with its overnight expedition, Equine Adventure – offering expert tuition in riding and stable management, or Action Adventure – a thrilling mix of land and water-based activities.
 
 
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Take on the challenge of Jacob’s Ladder, the Peak District’s most gruelling ascent. The views and sense of accomplishment are well worth the effort.
 
 
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Get on your bike for a relaxed ride around Derwent Dam. With its claim to fame as the practise site for the Dambusters, this place is a tourist hotspot, and it is glorious on a sunny day.
 
 
 
 
YHA HAWKSHEAD
 
 
YHA Hawkshead
 
  Paddling pints and peace and quiet  
 
 
While many watersport enthusiasts take to nearby Lake Windermere to master all manner of craft, the smaller mountain lakes of the Lake District, or tarns, offer a more relaxed water-based adventure.
 
 
 
Hawkshead
 
Hawkshead
 
Tarn Hows is one of the larger mountain lakes and is just a ten-minute drive from this Hostel. Surrounded by spruce woodlands, with lovely walks and beautiful views across to the Coniston Fells and Langdale Pikes, this is a popular spot. Relatively shallow, the water gets warm quickly in summer, making this the perfect place for a restorative dip. To escape the crowds, venture off the beaten track and find your own peaceful pond for some wonderful wild swimming; there are hundreds scattered across the fells.
 
“Escape the crowds, venture off the beaten track and find your own peaceful pond for some wonderful wild swimming; there are hundreds scattered across the fells.”
 
In addition to its magnificent landscape, the Lake District is renowned for its real ales. In May a local pub, the Sun Inn, hosts a beer and music festival with more than twenty real ales on tap and twelve live acts playing over the weekend. Just a twenty-minute stroll from the Hostel, this village venue is the place to sample the very best local brew.
 
However you choose to spend your holiday – be it riding the trails of Grizedale Forest or visiting Hill Top, the picturesque cottage once home to Beatrix Potter - at the end of a delightful day, return to the Hostel and let the serenity of this lovely location soothe your soul. The view from the veranda is gorgeous; we can think of no better way to spend a warm summer’s evening than looking out over the gardens and watching the fading sunlight dance over the ever tranquil Esthwaite Water. This grade II listed Regency style house has a camping pod village on site, offering you a new way to stay with YHA.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Jim:
 
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Cruise around this Lakeland beauty spot on an electric bike. They’ll be available to hire from the Hostel from Easter.
 
 
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Embark on a low level 14 mile circular walk direct from the door. There are 9 wonderful watering holes along the way so there’s plenty of opportunity for a country pub crawl.
 
 
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Go geocaching in the local area. With hundreds of caches located within an hour’s walk of the Hostel, this is a great way to keep the whole family entertained for free.
 
 
 
Cotswold
 
 
Discover the outdoors by bicycle
 
Get the whole family outdoors this spring and enjoy time outdoors. Whatever activity you do, Cotswold Outdoor has quality kit to make sure you’re prepared for your adventures, come rain or shine. From tents and accessories for fun filled camping trips to the latest GPS devices and video cameras for the gadget fans and much more in between, now’s the time to spend some quality time together outdoors.
 
YHA members receive 15% off 1 clothing and equipment, shop online or at nationwide stores.
 
 
 
 
 
  Escape Ordinary  
 
 
Unleash your inner Mo Farah and head to YHA Castleton on 24/25th May 2014 for our inaugural RUN YHA trail running festival. We’re hitting the trails and offering entry to 3 races and 2 nights B&B for only £70. Places are limited, so claim your place today.
 
 
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YHA EDALE
 
 
YHA Edale
 
  Action-packed outdoor adventure  
 
 
It’s little wonder that more than 10 million people visit the Peak District National Park each year; the landscape is stunning, the towns and villages charming and the availability of thrilling outdoor activities unparalleled. If you’re hungry for adventure this summer there’s no better place to be than YHA Edale.
 
 
 
Edale
 
Edale
 
Located on the lower slopes of Kinder Scout, the high point of the Peak District, the property has just undergone a £250,000 refurbishment - and what’s more, its dedicated activity centre boasts a friendly team of fully qualified instructors ready to lead you through a range of pursuits.
 
“If you’re hungry for adventure this summer there’s no better place to be than YHA Edale.”
 
Enjoy a weekend away whilst the British weather is at its best. Our most popular courses include introductory canoeing and kayaking, intermediate climbing, National Navigation Award Scheme and Dark Peak Walker – go off the beaten track and explore the breath-taking beauty of this challenging terrain with an experienced guide. Prefer to mix things up a bit? Then try a multi-activity weekend. Activities are open to all, regardless of ability or fitness level and we’ll provide full instruction, all equipment and in-programme transport. So leave the organising to us and simply revel in an amazing weekend.
 
Our four-night family activity breaks are perfectly pitched to challenge both you and the kids. With a packed programme that includes weaselling, abseiling, high ropes, archery and evening activities, there’s never a dull moment. During the school holidays, the centre offers day sessions in climbing, caving, raft building, orienteering and high ropes for accompanied under 16s.
 
If a Peak District adventure piques your interest then be sure to get in touch with YHA Edale directly to find out more and fix a date for your escape to the outdoors.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Nick:
 
  1  
Send the kids on a legendary 5-night YHA Summer Camp. Choose from Future Leader – with its overnight expedition, Equine Adventure – offering expert tuition in riding and stable management, or Action Adventure – a thrilling mix of land and water-based activities.
 
 
  2  
Take on the challenge of Jacob’s Ladder, the Peak District’s most gruelling ascent. The views and sense of accomplishment are well worth the effort.
 
 
  3  
Get on your bike for a relaxed ride around Derwent Dam. With its claim to fame as the practise site for the Dambusters, this place is a tourist hotspot, and it is glorious on a sunny day.
 
 
 
 
YHA Cowes
 
 
YHA Cowes
 
  Riches regattas and rock and roll  
 
 
unnier than most places in the UK, the Isle of Wight feels like foreign climes. To sample the best of this delightful island on a budget, stay at watersport specialist UKSA’s headquarters at YHA Cowes. Located right on the waterfront, this superbly well-equipped facility boasts its own fleet, an indoor swimming pool, licensed bar, satellite TV, cyber café, restaurant and sundeck.
 
 
 
Cowes
 
Cowes
 
An ideal destination for a holiday with friends or family, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. The island is best known for its musical heritage owing to the famous rock festival that saw the likes of Jimi Hendrix and The Who perform to thousands of free spirits in the fields of the West Wight. Successfully revived just over a decade ago, the Isle of Wight festival takes place each June and day tickets are still available for this year’s event. Alternatively, the equally awesome Bestival bursts into beat each September and is only a fifteen minute drive from the Hostel.
 
“An ideal destination for a holiday with friends or family, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do.”
 
Of course, this island destination has plenty of coastline to enjoy. If watersports float your boat then let UKSA’s expert instructors advise on the very best places to explore. Steephill offers a quiet cove, Compton is the place to catch a wave and St Helens is just right for rockpooling. You can launch yourself into a whole host of watersports at the Hostel itself, with a number of wet and wild activities bookable in advance of your stay.
 
A cycle track passes close to this property which will take you right across the island, through the capital town of Newport and all the way to the tourist beaches at Sandown. Walking and cycling are popular pursuits here, there’s even a festival dedicated to each one.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Chris:
 
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You’ll find a thriving music scene year round. Mini festivals - like Jack Up the 80s, V-Dub Island and Rhythmtree Festival - pop up throughout the summer.
 
 
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The town has an international feel during the summer months. The ‘yachties’ descend and racing is at its height. Spot the famous faces, browse the boutiques, and marvel at the glamour.
 
 
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This year all the main tourist attractions will adopt a time travel theme. From dinosaurs to jousting knights, Queen Victoria’s holiday home to smugglers at Blackgang Chine, you’re in for a blast from the past on the Isle of Wight.
 
 
 
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Time is running out...
 
  Time is running out...  
 
 
There are just days to go before our Sneak Peek promotion comes to an end. We’ve been celebrating the refurbishments at Edale, Cambridge and Snowdon Pen-y-Pass with an offer of a 20% discount on overnights. Go on, be amongst the first to see our handy work and book your stay today. Offer ends 20 April 2014.
 
 
 
 
  And the winner is...  
 
 
Last month we announced a competition to win a YHA-branded Planet X Kaffenback 2 Shimano Tiagra Road Bike. Congratulations go to Sarah Keane as the lucky winner. Thanks to all those who forwarded The Wanderer to friends and family, we really appreciate it and wish you better luck next time.
 
 
 
 
Next month:
   
 
  The Hazy Days Edition  
 
 
Lace up your boots, pack up your maps and energy snacks because we’re going for a ramble in May. YHA ambassador and legendary mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE will be choosing his four favourite places to walk. We can’t wait; it’s going to be an education.
 
 
 
Next month: The Hazy Days Edition
 
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