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YHA Springtime news from YHA Earby
    16/03/2016 01:27

Springtime news from YHA Earby

Springtime news from YHA Earby

YHA Earby is a small hostel with a big heart! If you’ve never visited this country cottage near the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll be surprised at how much goes on here. Here are some highlights from the spring edition of “Glen Cottage Diary” – a newsletter from Friends of Earby Youth Hostel.

YHA Day at YHA Earby

Hostel took part in the YHA Day in September 2015. The day was hosted by Nick Moule, John Watts and Bob Abel with the help of volunteer warden Tony Cobbald. Although visitors were few a small amount was raised for the YHA’s Breaks for Kids Fund. Breaks for Kids is YHA’s designated charitable fund to help less fortunate children experience a stay away with their peers.

It was also a day for welcoming members of the local community to find out what the YHA is all about. The opportunity was taken to do some gardening, tiding up the front garden at the hostel and taming some of the rampant foliage.

Tour of Britain

September 7th was a beautiful day in Earby, perfect for the arrival of the second stage of the 2015 Tour of Britain cycle race. Stage two was a circular route starting in Clitheroe and finishing in Colne. The total distance was 160 km with a total ascent 2800 metres.

The race arrived in Earby in the early afternoon where there was a tough “King of the Mountains” section up Stoney Bank Road on to Bleara Moor. Ian Bibby took the accolade. Large crowds gathered to see their favourites flash past and there was plenty of TV coverage. Both YHA Earby and YHA Slaidburn were on the route and it has been suggested that both hostels could benefit from the coverage. What about cyclists staying at them and trying out the race route?

Earby Mill

Earby and District Local History Society have started a project to discover more about the medieval village of Earby. One aspect of this is the old corn mill. There is no visible trace of the mill today but it has been located on old maps and plans as being sited at the back of the hostel. Here it could take advantage of the fall of water created by Earby Waterfall to drive the mill’s water wheel.

A preliminary visual survey has been done particularly in respect to the water supplies such a mill would have required. The hostel car park is thought to have been the site for water storage for the mill which was supplied with water from the top of the falls through a channel, now filled in, and which is now used as an access path to the top of the falls.

YHA National Office Volunteering

A small team work for YHA in roles related to volunteering, fundraising, corporate links and youth engagement. The team of 8 from our National Office in Matlock arrived at YHA Earby on Wednesday the 9th of December and stayed until after lunch the next day. They got stuck in to a great variety of tasks both indoors and out. They dug over and levelled an area which had been covered with weed control fabric and reinstated the paths surrounding it. We intend to grow herbs in this area which can be utilised by our guests in the self-catering kitchen.

A lot of spring cleaning took place around the hostel as well as some decorating. The biggest impact was made in the volunteer managers’ cottage where walls were painted in the lounge and kitchen. Tiling skills were also put to good use improving the kitchen and various odd jobs were undertaken by our fantastic volunteers.

Earby may not have the facilities of bigger hostels, but its history and location are the very essence of what the YHA is about. Book a stay at YHA Earby to experience our unique charm!

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