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YHA Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA London Lee Valley
    13/07/2015 01:45

Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA London Lee Valley

Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA London Lee Valley

Want the best of both worlds? Experience all the joys of the great outdoors just twenty minutes away from central London! With its unique layout of rustic wooden lodges, YHA London Lee Valley sits in 10,000 acres of fantastic walking and cycling routes, exciting activities and unforgettable wildlife. With trains to London just minutes away, you can soak up the beauty of Lee Valley Park and explore the bustling capital in one memorable stay.

The Hostel 

YHA London Lee Valley's location gives you the ultimate freedom of choice; a train station to city sightseeing on one side and a peaceful world of lakes, canals, and countryside on the other. Built in partnership with Lee Valley Park itself, it's the ideal hostel for families, activity groups and school trips to escape into the heart of nature. Our 6 Scandinavian-style lodges are perfectly in tune with their rural surroundings - they're paticularly loved by kids who are used to the city suburbs. Each building has its own cosy lounge and kitchenette (2 recently refurbished to luxury standards) and you're sure to meet plenty of fun outdoorsy people during your stay. If you're in a big group, how about taking over a whole lodge or using one of our well-equipped meeting rooms? You can head over to our spacious main building to play games, surf the web, read a book or enjoy some dinner from our fabulous catering team. Our tea shop is open to everyone, so pop in for a slice of delicious cake and a cuppa, or recharge with a tasty goats cheese panini after a day exploring.

Family Attractions

Introduce kids to the great outdoors and they'll want to come back every year. The park has a fab farm with cute meerkats, birds of prey and plenty of play areas for little ones to let off some steam - and you can't beat a ride on Tex the Tractor! Nature-lovers are spoilt for choice here and all ages are enchanted by Lee Valley Park's local wildlife. Spend a day in the park's nature reserves to see booming bitterns (made famous by Springwatch), charming water voles and majestic dragonflies hiding in the rich and varied habitats. The award-winning Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne has some of the most breathtaking animal encounters in Europe, with chances to hand-feed and get close to beautiful red pandas, lemurs and even tigers. Just a few miles from the hostel, the Royal Gunpowder Mills offer an explosive day out with hands-on science exhibits and a museum revealing gunpowder's secret history. If you fancy a pub lunch and some interesting English Heritage sites, walk to the historical town of Waltham Abbey; reputedly home to the last Anglo-Saxon King of England's grave.

Outdoor Activities

With the whole of Lee Valley Park on its doorstep, YHA London Lee Valley is an unrivalled hub for the sporty adventurers of London and beyond. With lots of secure cycle storage and new facilities like toolkits coming soon, we recommend bringing your bike (or hiring one nearby) to see the park on two wheels. Look out for the Otter Discovery Trail around the Seventy Acres Lake, or tackle the towpath to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - home to the Lee Valley VeloPark's 6,000 seat velodrome. This is an unrivalled area for all things bike; with track cycling, road racing, BMX and mountain biking nearby. Or if you love horse riding, golf, athletics or rambling, just ask and we'll point you to your next outdoor adventure. Just a 20 minute walk away, you can splash out on some thrilling white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. We've even had an Olympic team of canoeists stay with us! With its varied landscape of picturesque canals and rural country walks, you won't believe that we're so close to central London.

Explore the City

Remember, the bright lights of London's city centre are just a short train ride away, and a ticket from Cheshunt station (just a two minute walk from us) gets you unlimited tube travel too. YHA London Lee Valley is just right for anyone preferring a relaxing rural base for their city break, and our staff know all the best places to go. Hop on the tube from Liverpool Street for a day touring landmarks on the Thames, shopping in Oxford Street or enjoying London's vibrant nightlife and events. Whether you want to take the kids to the London Dungeon, find your next fashion statment at Camden Market, catch a West End musical or paint the town red in Soho - the train runs back to our hostel until just before midnight, so you've got the whole day to enjoy the city.

So what are you waiting for? Get the magic mix of country and city with a Lee Valley adventure!


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