Wanderer - June

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The Wanderer - Issue#06 - June 2013
UK map The Cycling Edition Dear member, we've often thought that one of the most enjoyable ways to see this great countryside of ours is on two wheels. With just some good honest pedal power you're free to go where you want, when you want, in your own good time.

So, with this year's Tour de France just a week away from its opening leg, what better time to find out about the wonderful biking and cycling trips available right here in the UK? Sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you through some of our faves. And don't forget, you can still enjoy any of our previous editions here.
YHA Malham, Yorkshire Dales
Hills and thrills at every turnYHA Malham, Yorkshire Dales YHA Malham, Yorkshire DalesSurrounded by classic limestone scenery and flower-rich hay meadows, this recently renovated hostel provides an ideal base for activity breaks. Mountain bikers will relish the hilly terrain — just as much as the fresh meals in the hostel's brand new restaurant.

With a network of over 800 km of green lanes, byways and bridleways, cycling is a great way to appreciate the wonderful scenery that awaits you here. And with the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way passing close by the hostel there's no excuse not to get out there and explore as much of the 210km circular route as your legs will allow.

Some people want the challenge of riding up dramatic hills, others just fancy a family trip through the valleys. Next year a particular determined group of cyclists will be in search of a yellow jersey here — stage one of the greatest cycling race on earth, the Tour De France, takes place right here in the Dales in July 2014.

Whether you tackle their route or try something a little more serene, dramatic scenery and a warm welcome are sure to be found. Gordale Scar, a huge towering amphitheatre of stone created by a collapsed network of caves, is a must for many. If your cycle ride hasn't taken your breath away by the time you arrive, the 260ft high cliff formation sure will. It's awe inspiring.

Keeping with looking skyward, make sure to see the peregrine falcons — the fastest bird on the planet — which breed on the face of Malham Cove. An RSPB viewpoint is set up each summer, making it one of the best places in the country to view them.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Martin Discover more
YHA Holmbury St Mary, Surrey Hills
Stunning rides just a stone's throw from the capital
Set in 4,000 acres of woodland in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, YHA Holmbury is a perfect woodland escape in the Surrey Hills. Ideal for a rural retreat, it's also a great base for the great cycling routes found nearby.

YHA Holmbury sits in the Hurtwood, home to some of the best off-road biking in the whole of south east England. From wriggly stretches of single track, to steep drops and biggish jumps for the more freeride inclined — you'll find it all here. With names like Barry Knows Best, I Should Coco and the Rollercoaster, who could resist giving them a go?

If you're anything like us, you'll want to swing your leg over your saddle, set off and start to take in the beautiful scenic rides around Holmbury as soon as you get here. It's hard to believe you're only 25 miles from the hustle and bustle of central London. One ride not to be missed is the Box Hill cycling route. It's your chance to follow in the footsteps (well, tyre tracks) of Bradley Wiggins along a picturesque section of the Olympic cycle route. Even if you don't share his stamina or strength, you can still experience the wonderful views, rolling chalk downs and serene beechwood he whizzed past while here.

Aside from the sights you'll see from your saddle, it's good to know there are a fine selection of traditional pubs to come back to on your return, including the King's Head and The Volunteer, providing well earned pub grub in an old world atmosphere.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Gwen Discover more
YHA Holmbury St Mary, Surrey Hills
Canelbak back pack Take in the countryside on two wheelsAnd do it with the latest cycling clothing, packs, GPS and more. Choose from over 250 top outdoor brands and use your 15% YHA discount in stores, online or over the phone*.

To celebrate becoming the YHA's official Recommended Outdoor Clothing and Equipment Retailer, we're also giving away a brand new Camelbak back pack to the lucky winner of our EXCLUSIVE summer prize draw**. Two runners up will also receive a pair of Sealskinz waterproof socks.

To enter simply forward this edition of The Wanderer email on to one or more of your friends or family and your name will be entered in the draw. Good luck!
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YHA Borrowdale, Cumbria
Ideally located for the lakesYHA Borrowdale, Cumbria YHA Borrowdale, CumbriaThis large Lakeland hostel has a fabulous valley location with fine mountain scenery and a warm, informal atmosphere. All of which make it ideally suited to nature lovers and thrill seekers alike.

A cycling holiday in the Lakes may involve some steep climbs, but the iconic views are every bit as breathtaking once you conquer them. Take the spectacular scenery that can be found around the nearby Lake Derwentwater for instance. Cared for by the National Trust, it's almost impossible to worry about anything here — except, perhaps, where your next piece of Kendal Mint Cake is coming from.

If you want to really test your skills though, head to Whinlatter — home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. There you can pit your wits along the Altura Trail which rises to 500m above Keswick and the northern lakes. Stunning views make it worth every bead of sweat that it takes. Or try out the legendary Borrowdale Bash which starts and finishes in nearby Keswick. A combination of ancient woodland, quiet lakeside bays and steep mountain crags makes for a challenging, but unforgettable ride.

Of course, all this activity is thirsty work. Luckily there are enough tea rooms to last you a lifetime, including the Flock-in which is a favourite haunt of Prince Charles no less. For a princely sum you can enjoy an afternoon tea and homemade goodies. Perfect fuel for the journey back.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, Chris Discover more
YHA Okehampton, Devon
YHA Port Eynon, South Wales
A uniquely preserved Victorian railway goods shed, YHA Okehampton is perfectly placed right on the northern edge of Dartmoor. With bike hire available directly from the hostel, there's no excuse not to get out there and start exploring.

Cycling in Devon is as easy as riding a bike. Whether you want a relaxing trip along the moors, or something a little more high-octane and challenging, there are routes to suit every level of cyclist. So, don your helmet and start to explore some of the county's most intimate landscape secrets, starting with The Granite Way. This trail is ideal for families and those new to regular cycling and has great views of Okehampton Castle (now one of the country's most romantic ruins). It's a fantastic 18km off-road route which runs right along the old railway line and around the edge of Dartmoor.

There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe the dramatic scenery in this part of the country. Countless poets and authors have been inspired to try though. Take on the Tarka Trail (part of the Devon Coast 2 Coast) between Braunton and Meeth and you'll pass through the largely unspoilt countryside, just as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel 'Tarka the Otter'.

Back at the hostel you'll find drying rooms, storage, and even a cycle workshop in case anything goes wrong. Then, once you're cleaned up, you can relax with a hearty, home cooked meal and a local ale in the welcoming on-site restaurant. Just the trick for the next day ahead.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, John Discover more
YHA Okehampton, Devon
Plan your route with Pannier Plan your route with Pannier
We're excited to announce that we've partnered with Pannier for 2013.

Pannier is a website that provides a mapping-based resource for cyclists to find suitable accommodation along major routes. Now we're working together to help cyclists to find our network of cycle-friendly and affordable accommodation in England and Wales. Pannier's aim is to inspire more people to spend time away with their bicycles. We're glad to share that same ambition with them.

Click here to plan your route now.
A Biking Good Ride -  it's a jolly good read
Look out for a brand new cycling blog, covering the adventures of three young men as they spend three weeks cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats.

'A Biking Good Ride' is being written by three friends Gareth Woods (30), Tom Murrells (32) and Tommy Williams (25) as they cycle the 1150 mile route. The daily bog appears on the youth hostelling charity's website and covers their training and preparations the week before their marathon cycle ride.

Along the way they will be spending a total of 15 nights in Youth Hostels and three nights camping, with the return leg of the journey completed non-stop by van.
Check out their latest adventures, here.
Peak District Cycling Ffestival: 7th - 15th September
Over 60 cycle rides and activities on offer across one week, with more events being added daily, all throughout the incredible Peak District countryside! From gentle routes to exhilarating off-road biking. With rides from 6k to 160k, choose a cycle route to suit. Workshops, films, fun days, food, drink and festivities to enjoy. Be part of cycling history and join us at the Peak District's first ever Cycling Festival! Click here for more details.

To celebrate, YHA is offering 15% off accommodation***.
Just quote code CYCLE-001 when you book.
Next Month:
The Watersports Edition You may not think that England and Wales are the best places to take up water sports. Well, join us for our next edition where we'll give you plenty of reasons to think again. From windsurfing, to kayaking and canoeing we'll show you that when it comes to waves, Britain can still rule.
Cliff diving
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