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The Wanderer - Issue#06 - June 2013
UK map The Watersports Edition Dear member, from relaxing on sandy beaches to sailing the open sea, the waters of Great Britain provide endless opportunities for holiday adventure. So, to help you spend less time searching and more time splashing, steering and paddling, we've picked out some of our top watersport wonder spots for you this month.

And don't forget, you can still enjoy any of our previous editions here.
YHA Perranporth, Cornwall
YHA Perranporth, Cornwall YHA Perranporth, Cornwall Once a top secret research base for the Royal Navy, YHA Perranporth's many charms are far from secret these days. Perched in a stunning cliff-top location on the rugged north coast of Cornwall, this watersport paradise offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and much more besides.

Why do so many watersports enthusiasts visit YHA Perranporth? The answer (much like the sea water here) is crystal clear: a surfing paradise awaits just a ten minute walk from the hostel. Beyond the two and a half miles of soft, sandy beach, surfers of all skill levels and experience can find suitable waves to ride. And if you need to brush up on your skills, you're in luck. Sam Lamiroy, formerly ranked as the UK's top surfer, has recently launched his very own surf academy on the beach.

If you fancy something a little different, you can try out coasteering (an adventurous combination of swimming, climbing, scrambling, traversing and cliff jumping) or kitesurfing. Suitable for all the family, youngsters from the age of seven can now enjoy power-kiting lessons on the beach, learning the basics and sliding along the sand on their feet and bottoms.

The hostel is self-catering only, but fear not, there are plenty of cafés, restaurants and pubs to satisfy your well earned appetite. Try the Watering Hole, right in the middle of the beach. If you're lucky you might catch one of their legendary beach barbecues or live music nights. Surf's up, beach boys and girls!

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YHA Portland
Nautical but nice YHA Portland offers excellent views over Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour. Its close proximity to some great beaches – including Chesil Beach and the award-winning Weymouth Beach – make it the perfect destination for all kinds of wet and wonderful holiday trips.

From sailing, diving and windsurfing to sea kayaking and kite surfing, the Isle of Portland is the gateway to a giddy amount of water based activities. Needless to say, wetsuits are de rigueur on the beaches around here. No equipment? No problem. You'll find that it's easy to buy or rent equipment in town.

While this part of the Jurassic Coast is famed for its regattas and fossil beaches, the Portland area has also been voted one of the best UK diving locations. Now, that's just greedy! Make the most of it while you're here though; dive in and explore the sheltered shore dives, scenic reefs and numerous wrecks around the Dorset coastline. And that's not all Portland has to offer. After an amazing summer spent hosting the sailing events of the London and Paralympic Games, the waters of Weymouth and Portland have gained prominence as some of the most beautiful and safe in the UK. Providing a fantastic base for cruising or racing, the area is fast becoming known as the south coast's premier learn-to-sail venue. Where better to give it a go then?

Finish your day on dry land to enjoy a leisurely walk up to New Ground, Portland Heights. Once there you can sit by the iconic Olympic rings, carved from Portland stone, and reflect on your very own watersport achievements as you watch the sun set across Lyme Bay.

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YHA Portland
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YHA Broad Haven
YHA Broad Haven YHA Broad Haven Taking in stunning bays, cliff tops, volcanic headlands and glacial valleys, Pembrokeshire is a joy for walkers. With all kinds of watersports catered for, it's just as enjoyable for those dreaming about a wet weekend away too.

In Broad Haven you'll find a suitably broad choice of activities to choose from. Have a go at canoeing, sea kayaking, fishing, swimming, safe bathing, or join the surfers and bodyboarders who regularly flock here for waves that pack a serious punch. For those just starting out, a 'Discover Scuba Diving' course could be just the thing. There are two options (the PADI Scuba Diver course and PADI Open Water Diver course) that are the perfect way to get your feet wet and see if scuba's for you. Try it on your own, with friends or family from age 10 and up.

If you're feeling a little braver you can even learn coasteering from the people who invented it. Don your wetsuit, helmet and trainers and get ready to leap off harbour walls, swim in and out of caves, scramble over rocks and make your way around the Pembrokshire coast in possibly the most exhilarating manner possible.

Of course, enjoying the water doesn't have to be a high-octane, non-stop adventure. With one of the finest beaches in Pembrokeshire, Broad Haven is the ideal location for a traditional family seaside holiday. Splishing and splashing is every bit as welcome as speeding and scrambling.

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YHA Coniston Holly How
A Lakeland wonderland Only minutes from the village and Coniston Water, YHA Coniston Holly How is a traditional Lakeland house, located in the heart of Beatrix Potter country. Hop to it and enjoy the excellent food prepared using local produce available on-site, as well as local ales, organic wines and Fairtrade tea and coffee.

With so much to see and do, you'll need that hearty YHA meal to keep you going! Watersports, sailing trips, activity breaks; this location is practically overflowing with water-based pursuits. Just moments away you'll find the five mile long, Coniston Water. It was here that Donald Campbell famously broke the water speed record back in 1955. If you feel similarly inspired, there's an array of ways to take to the water, including kayaking, windsurfing or open Canadian canoeing - a relaxing, rather than white-knuckle way to travel the lakes, borrowed from Native Americans.

For a different view of the Lakes, try gorge scrambling in nearby Church Beck. There, you'll be able to gaze from up high over a stunning variety of water features (well, in the brief moments you're not clinging to a rock or battling the rapids anyway).

Want to take it even easier? Then enjoy Coniston as wealthy Victorians once did, aboard the steamship Gondola's opulent saloons, just one mile away. Rebuilt by the National Trust and a band of helpful volunteers, it's in fantastic condition and makes the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Running (well, sailing) from 11am until tea-time each day, each journey involves a trip to Monk Coniston jetty, followed by a walk through the Monk Coniston garden and on to Tarn Hows with its magnificent mountain views.

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YHA Coniston Holly How
Haven't heard of a band called The Intermission Project? Well, hopefully you soon will. From the 5th August, the YHA (with the help of a 1970s camper van) are taking the young, unsigned band and their crew on a road trip to help them realise their musical dreams. They'll be visiting five hostels in seven days and playing three live gigs at YHA hostels along the way. The whirlwind tour ends with a performance at the beach-side music fest, Boardmasters in Newquay.

To book your place at one of the events or to follow the band on the trip, visit www.livemoreyha.co.uk
UKSA opens its door to YHA
Exciting news: you'll now be able to book accommodation at watersports specialist UKSA's UK headquarters as part of our YHA network. Based in Cowes (home to the world's most famous international regatta), the internationally renowned sailing and watersports base has 290 beds in a variety of styles to choose from. Perfectly located right on the waterfront with its own fleet and facilities, benefits include an indoor heated pool, fully licensed bar and lounge area with satellite TV, café with waterside views, self service restaurant, cyber café, outdoor seating and a sundeck area. Guests will now be able to enjoy watching the watersports, taking part in them, or simply using the site as a base to explore this delightful island.
YHA Day – 8th September
YHAs all over the country are flinging their doors open on September 8 – come and join us in celebrating. Packed with loads to do, from live music and treasure hunts to face painting and tours of the YHA, there's something for everyone.
Visit yha.org.uk/yhaday.

Next Month:
The Altitude Edition Things are looking up next month. Literally. Join us for our next edition where we'll be looking at some of our highest quality hostels, in some of our highest locations. Cliff-top dwellings, spectacular views, bird watching havens; these hostels have got some serious altitude.
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