Wanderer June 2014
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The Wanderer, Issue 16, May 2014
 
 
Coastal edition
 
Time to top up those Vitamin D levels and head to the seaside! Now the sun has got his hat on and England and Wales are bathed in rays, we want to take you on a trip around four sensational spots that will have you itching to pack up your swim suits, snorkels and spades, slap on the sun cream and chart a course for the coast. Whether you want to simply let the sea breeze take your cares away or you gravitate towards adventures on ocean waves, we bring you all the information you need to plan an amazing escape.
 
As ever, you’ll find previous editions of The Wanderer in our exclusive members’ archive here.
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YHA boggle hole
 
 
YHA Boggle Holw
 
  A seaside treasure trove  
 
 
Bursting with character and charm, this quirky little place nestled in a former smuggler’s cove is just the place to take it easy on Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast. A firm family favourite, it’s ideal for adults looking for a little rest and relaxation; and for the kids - well with such ready access to the beach - this is the place to paddle, hunt for fossils and build sandcastles.
 
 
 
YHA Boggle Hole
 
YHA Boggle Hole
 
Take a stroll along the beach and within minutes you’ll reach the delightful traditional fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Built on a steep hill, the village’s labyrinth of cobbled streets are virtually traffic free, lined with charming stone cottages and dotted with friendly pubs, cafes and second hand bookshops.
 
“Take in magnificent sea views as you go and reward yourself with fish and chips when you arrive.”
 
Venture a little further afield with a 6.5 mile cliff top walk along the Cleveland Way to Whitby; take in magnificent sea views as you go and reward yourself with fish and chips when you arrive. The Cinder Track follows the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby and is popular with cyclists, walkers and horse riders. Make a day of it and connect both tracks to make a circular route.
 
Wainwright’s Coast to Coast finishes at Robin Hood’s Bay and you’ll find many a weary walker tucking into generous portions of hearty fare at the Bay Hotel; join them and enjoy the view out to sea with a pint or two. In the evening, as the sun sets on a perfectly peaceful day, relax with a plate of home-cooked food from the hostel restaurant and a glass of something from the bar.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Peta:
 
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Comb the beach for driftwood to take home and make something to remember your stay. The hostel has lots of examples to copy.
 
 
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Join the family-friendly Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk to hear tales of smugglers and sailors, shipwrecks, folklore and local legend.
 
 
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If the weather is against you, keep the kids entertained with our in-hostel treasure hunt and games.
 
 
 
 
YHA SWANAGE
 
 
YHA Swanage
 
  A timeless quality  
 
 
Next stop Dorset and a good old-fashioned holiday by the sea. Just a few minutes’ walk from the lively town centre, this elegant Victorian house offers fine views across the bay and ready access to Swanage’s award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach. Indulge in a little Great British seaside nostalgia and take a stroll along the restored Victorian pier; there you’ll find an exhibition showcasing everything from the town’s maritime history to original (and still playable) Edwardian gaming machines.
 
 
 
YHA SWANAGE
 
YHA SWANAGE
 
Swanage has long been associated with scuba diving. The UK’s first scuba diving equipment shop still trades on the pier. The pier offers one of the few sheltered sea diving sites on the south coast and is the perfect place for beginners to dip a tentative toe. For the more experienced, there are a number of shipwrecks lying in deeper waters outside the bay.
 
By night the town doesn’t disappoint; music lovers can indulge their ears with a gig at one of the town’s many pubs offering live music year round. Swanage is also famed for its festivals; the Jazz Festival (11-13 July), Folk Festival (5-7 September) and Blues and Roots Festival (3-5 October) are hugely popular and not to be missed if your visit coincides.
 
“Indulge in a little Great British seaside nostalgia and take a stroll along the restored Victorian pier.”
 
Most people come here for the stunning scenery though and it is little wonder. The surrounding area is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Jurassic Coast, stretching from Studland to Exmouth, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The South West Coast Path passes close by and is a 630-mile route that ranks highly among the world’s best walks. Whatever you decide to do, we hope the sun shines on your stay in sublime Swanage.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Garry:
 
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Enjoy a circular walk to the Old Harry Rocks. These three awe-inspiring chalk formations at Handfast Point mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast.
 
 
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Just a mile south of Swanage, Durlston Country Park is a paradise for wildlife and its 280 acres boast 33 species of butterfly, 250 species of bird and 500 wildflowers.
 
 
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Discover a thousand years of history at Corfe Castle, just a 15-minute drive away, or experience the eeriness of the ghost village of Tyheham which was evacuated for military training in December 1943 and has been deserted ever since. Tyneham is still an operational military range so call ahead for access times on 01929 404819.
 
 
 
Cotswold
 
 
The days are longer so you can go further
 
Whether you’re cycling to the beach or exploring faraway places, make the most of your summer this year by being prepared with quality kit. Whatever your adventure, Cotswold Outdoor have something suitable from travel accessories to camping equipment. So come rain or shine enjoy some quality time outdoors. YHA members receive 15% off* clothing and equipment, shop online or at nationwide stores.
 
 
 
 
 
YHA BROAD HAVEN
 
 
YHA BROAD HAVEN
 
  Watersports and beauty spots  
 
 
Overlooking the very beautiful St Brides Bay, this renovated property on the Pembrokeshire coast is our pick for adventure seekers. The awesome swell at St Brides attracts surfers and body boarders, and when the wind picks up you’ll see windsurfs, kite surfs and kite-buggies whizz across the horizon. Take the plunge and have a go yourself – hostel staff are happy to help arrange lessons.
 
 
 
BROAD HAVEN
 
BROAD HAVEN
 
If this all sounds a little bit much, the Pembrokeshire Coast is just as ideal for folks seeking more leisurely pursuits. The wide sands of Broad Haven are great for simply kicking back and admiring the view. And when the tide’s in, St Brides Haven makes an exceptional natural swimming pool so don your cozzy and slide into the sea from the rocks to enjoy safe bathing and snorkelling.
 
“The wide sands of Broad Haven are great for simply kicking back and admiring the view.”
 
Back on dry land, there are some great walks to be had in the area. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs right past the hostel. If you’re looking for a full day’s ramble, the 12-mile stretch of path between Broad Haven and Solva takes in cliff tops and the hidden coves and beaches of Druidston Haven and Newgale Sands. The vibrant village of Solva, with its brightly painted houses, is an artists’ enclave and the natural harbour is a stunningly beautiful place to enjoy a spot of tea.
 
If you’d prefer to stay closer to home, simply wait for the tide to go out and walk the half mile over the sand to Little Haven for an ice cream and a stroll along ‘The Point’ to the headland. In the evening, head back to the hostel to dine in our licensed restaurant and drink in the sun set over St Brides.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Gary:
 
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Walk around Deer Park, overlooking Skomer Island, and watch the seal pups sunbathe on the rocks below.
 
 
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If you’re feeling gutsy head to Abereiddy Bay. Coasteering courses culminate in an exhilarating leap off the cliffs into the Blue Lagoon – a two-time venue for The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
 
 
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Walk, trot or canter through the surf on the virtually deserted Druidstone Beach. Local stables cater for riders of all abilities and offer horse riding excursions daily.
 
 
 
 
YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse
 
 
YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse
 
  Dreamy days in DEvon  
 
 
What could be more blissful than a cosy coastal retreat in a peaceful little spot in North Devon? Well, not much in our estimation so for our final featured property we’ve chosen this three star accommodation in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
 
 
 
YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse
 
YHA Elmscott Bunkhouse
 
Great for walking holidays, the South West Coast Path is just minutes away. Take to the path and walk the 3 miles to Hartland Abbey and Gardens. Built in the 12th century, the abbey was gifted to Henry VIII’s Keeper of the Wine Cellar after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Go and discover the period-spanning collections of pictures, porcelain and furniture before walking down to the beach from the estate.
 
Hartland Quay is fantastic for all manner of seaside pursuits – sunbathing, paddling, sandcastle building and crabbing. When the wind whips up, the fury of the Atlantic Ocean is a sight to behold; take shelter in the Wreckers Retreat Bar, enjoy a tipple and marvel at the shipwreck relics that adorn the walls. Once the storm is over, go beachcombing to discover the treasures thrown up from Davey Jones’ Locker.
 
“Great for walking holidays, the South West Coast Path is just minutes away.”
 
A 20-minute drive from the hostel brings you to the cobbled streets, museums, craft workshops and picturesque quay of Clovelly. There’s plenty to do here, including a walking tour that guides visitors through the history and traditions that have made this such a unique place to visit. Do be aware that there’s an entrance fee to the village.
 
At the end of your day, return to the hostel to cook up a storm in the self-catering kitchen or spark up the BBQ in the garden and enjoy the view of Lundy Island – a granite outcrop and wildlife haven where the Atlantic meets the Bristol Channel.
 
 
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Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Thirza:
 
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The Clovelly Maritime Festival takes place on 20 July this year and promises storytelling, seafood kitchens, craft workshops and street theatre.
 
 
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Peaceful and quiet, even at the height of summer, nearby Speke Mill’s Mouth has a reef brake that’s legendary amongst experienced surfers, a long curving beach and a beautiful 15 metre high waterfall.
 
 
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This year the Hartland Carnival celebrates its centenary. There are events happening all week (3-9 August) but the carnival culminates in a grand procession on Saturday evening. Stay on afterwards and enjoy evening entertainment by the bucket load.
 
 
 
 
 
Win an unforgettable cruise on the Thames
 
From 5-9 September, up to 50 Tall Ships from around the world will be moored in South East London and cruising the Thames up to London Bridge daily. This is your chance to be aboard one of them, watching fireworks burst over some of London’s most iconic landmarks. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of Tall Ship cruise tickets, worth £160, simply forward The Wanderer to your friends. We’ll pick a winner at random and announce the result on Facebook and Twitter.* Best of luck!
 
If you don’t win, don’t miss out! During the five days of festivities there’ll also be a free programme of music, dance and spectacle that’ll keep visitors entertained back on dry land. To find out more about what promises to be an incredible event and to purchase cruise tickets visit the website.
 
Win an unforgettable cruise on the Thames
 
Win an unforgettable cruise on the Thames
 
 
 
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  Contact Centre Opening Hours  
 
 
Just a quick note to make sure you’re aware that we are now operating seasonal opening hours in the contact centre to ensure you can book your break at times that better suit you.
 
 
 
Peak Season (January - October)
 
8am-8pm (Mon-Fri)
9am-5pm (Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun & Bank Holidays)

 
Peak Season (January - October)
 
8am-6pm (Mon-Fri)
9am-5pm (Sat)
Closed (Sun & Bank Holidays)

 
 
 
 
Next month:
   
 
  Costal Edition  
 
 
Next month we tour some of the magnificent YHA properties owned by the National Trust. Expect grand architecture, fascinating histories, picturesque settings and acres of open space – these places have to be seen to be believed. We’re so lucky! Surround yourself with heritage and join us to explore these national treasures.
 
 
 
Next month: The Hazy Days Edition
 
  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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