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YHA Changing Gear - YHA invests £270,000 in cycling facilities
    16/11/2015 04:32

Changing Gear - YHA invests £270,000 in cycling facilities

Changing Gear - YHA invests £270,000 in cycling facilities

The future is two-wheeled. Here at YHA we’ve always worked hard to make our hostels the perfect fit for active travellers, and we’re delighted to announce that we’re investing a total of £270,000 in creating new and improved cycling facilities at dozens of our most bike-friendly properties.

The money – of which £161,500 came from the Peak District National Park Authority – is going directly towards providing cyclists of all ages with even more reasons to get out and explore.

Among other things, guests will be able to benefit from cycle repair and maintenance stations, new and expanded secure storage areas, bike washing and bike spares. So whether you need a replacement inner tube, somewhere to clean off muddy tyres or just the peace of mind that comes from overnight security, we’re here to oblige.

Britain has a world-class network of cycle routes, and many of our hostels sit in glorious locations widely renowned for their bike trails. The first swathe of properties to benefit from the initiative are prime examples.

And excitingly, this is just the first phase in the initiative – more cycling developments will be announced later in the year.

The 25 hostels receiving investment this year are:

YHA Berwick, YHA Bristol, YHA Castleton, YHA Conwy, YHA Dartmoor, YHA Eastbourne, YHA Edale, YHA Eden Project, YHA Eyam, YHA Hartington Hall, YHA Hathersage, YHA Hawkshead, YHA Helmsley, YHA Holmbury, YHA Ilam Hall, YHA Keswick, YHA London Lee Valley, YHA Malham, YHA National Forest, YHA Ravenstor, YHA South Downs, YHA Swanage, YHA Truleigh Hill, YHA Wye Valley and YHA Youlgreave

3 of the best hostel-to-hostel bike rides

1. YHA South Downs > YHA Eastbourne - Pedal across the Downs for fine rolling views

2. YHA Hartington Hall > YHA Ravenstor - Join the trails and cycle through the White Peak

3. YHA Alnwick > YHA Berwick - Enjoy the sweeping scenery of the North East coastline

YHA news

• Cyclists pedal on their stomachs, so the 2015 opening of our new YHA Cafes gives good reason to be cheerful. Now up and running in 18 hostels around the country, they offer everything from baguettes and paninis to coffees and cream teas – there’s even a delicious kids’ menu.

• YHA Llywn y Celyn is no longer – but in name only. The 41-bed Welsh farmhouse’s title has been replaced by the more straightforward YHA Brecon Beacons. After all, when you’ve got a region as stunning as the Beacons on your doorstep, it’s best to shout about it.

• YHA Once Brewed will close in September 2015, to re-emerge in summer 2017 as the innovative 86-bed YHA Hadrian’s Wall at the Sill. We’re delighted to share that it received £7.8m of Heritage Lottery Funding earlier this year. To find out more about this hugely exciting project – or even to donate – visit

• Lonely Planet has named Kent as one of Europe’s top family destinations, highlighting attractions such as the White Cliffs, Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Margate. We have two hostels in the county, both well placed for further exploration: YHA Medway and YHA Canterbury.

This article originally appeared in our e-zine - download #LiveMoreYHA here to read the rest!

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