The Wanderer - Issue#05 - May 2013
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The Wanderer - Issue#05 - May 2013
UK mapThe Coastal Edition Dear member, now that the weather's finally warming up we're slipping our shoes off, slapping the sun cream on and celebrating with a special coastal edition of The Wanderer.

As an island nation it's perhaps no surprise that we're blessed with such sublime seashores. But there's more than just beauty to be found along Britain's coast; there's history, mystery and much more besides. And from buckets and spades, to fossils and metal detectors, you'll find out about them all by reading on. Don't forget, you can still enjoy any of our previous editions right here.
YHA Jersey, Durrell Wildlife Hostel**
This is the (wild)lifeYHA Jersey, Durrell Wildlife HostelYHA Jersey, Durrell Wildlife HostelIdeal for cyclists, with 350 miles of road and breathtaking coastal paths.YHA Jersey, Durrell Wildlife HostelYHA Jersey, Durrell Wildlife HostelThe only YHA venue on the island. It's a traditional Jersey farmhouse, in beautiful park surroundings and close to beautiful bays and coastal cliff paths. Oh, and did we mention that you'll also come face-to-face with some of the rarest animals on earth?

That's because YHA Jersey also happens to sit adjacent to the world-famous Durrell Wildlife Park. You may well hear their exotic inhabitants from the hostel garden, but make sure to pay a proper visit - you'll discover the array of wondrous creatures up close and find out about the vital role that Durrell is playing in their fight for survival.

Next on our list of places to visit would be Mont Orgueil Castle, which dominates the east coast of Jersey. Built in the early 13th century, it has served as everything from a prison, to spy station, to seat of government. These days the castle acts as an icon of Jersey's pride and independence.

Those looking for beauty will enjoy Bouley Bay on the north coast – it's a real looker. With its small, scenic bay, pebble beach and turquoise seas you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Caribbean (well, except for the temperatures perhaps). Its deep water provides a home to an abundance of marine life, making it loved by scuba divers too.

On-land explorers are in luck as well. Jersey is ideal for cyclists, with 350 miles of road, lanes and breathtaking coastal paths to experience. Meanwhile, the less energetic can see the wonderful bays and beyond with the help of the superb bus service; a single to anywhere on the island is just £1.70.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager Josh:Discover more
YHA Beer, Jurassic Coast
Discoveries at every turn
YHA Beer, Jurassic CoastYHA Beer, Jurassic CoastA walk along the Jurassic coast is a walk through time itselfYHA Beer, Jurassic CoastYHA Beer, Jurassic CoastNestled on the Jurassic coast, this arts and crafts house is a great choice for family breaks and school trips alike. Ale lovers take note though: its name is not derived from the drink, but from the old Anglo Saxon word "bearu" meaning grove!

Of course, that's not to say that you can't enjoy a local brew or two as you take in this stunning 100-mile stretch of coastline. It's just that you might not find the time in between the mackerel fishing, fossil hunting and scuba diving that are so popular here.

As England's first World Heritage Site, this 95-mile sweep of coastline stretching from Exmouth in East Devon, to Swanage in Dorset, is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. Follow the South West Coastal Path and it is only a matter of time before you encounter a geological wonder of your own.

Interest in the area's past doesn't stop with the prehistoric though: with more recent history involving mining, shipwrecks and smuggling, there's plenty to keep you captivated. Book lovers can even explore the literary links, with walking tours following the footsteps of authors and characters including Jane Austen, Mary Anning and The French Lieutenant's Woman.

Worked up an appetite? Then head 5.5 miles away to River Cottage HQ, set in a seventeenth-century farmhouse, just outside Axminster. Inspired by their unique philosophy, you can take part in foraging and bread making courses, or just enjoy a night's dining – looks like you might have time for a few beers after all then.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, MikeDiscover more
Cotswold outdoor shopKit yorself out for the coast at Cotswold OutdoorExploring coastal paths, riding waves or simply enjoying the beach – however you enjoy your time on the coast do it in style and comfort with the help of Cotswold Outdoor. Choose from over 250 top outdoor brands and use your 15% YHA discount in stores, online or over the phone.* Cotswold outdoor Check it out
YHA Port Eynon, South Wales
Breathtaking views on your desktop
YHA Port Eynon, South WalesBreathe in the superb views all along its golden expanseYHA Port Eynon, South WalesYHA Port Eynon, South WalesYHA Port Eynon, South WalesA former lifeboat station, YHA Port Eynon is set in a beautiful position on the Gower Peninsula. With an award-winning beach and breathtaking views across the bay, it's the ideal accommodation for a family break or activity holiday.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Peninsula boasts 34 miles of breathtaking coastal routes. There are around 50 unspoilt beaches, coves and bays to explore, but Port Eynon is undoubtedly one of the finest. It just never fails to take our breath away.

The magnificent section of coastline has a fun, family feel and idyllic village. If you can tear yourself away, a seven-mile walk will take you to Rhossili, another gem. Voted the UK's best beach in 2013, it's a favourite for surfers, with superb views all along its golden expanse. Continue walking further still and you'll reach Worm's Head, the most westerly tip of Gower and where Dylan Thomas described taking his "devils for an airing" while he walked.

Talking of which, if the rugged landscape puts you in a poetic mood you can find out more about the Celtic bard at the Dylan Thomas centre, 16.6 miles away in Swansea. It houses a permanent exhibition on his life and inspirations, as well as a shop stuffed with books, posters and memorabilia. Then, after your travels, it's time to reward yourself with good old fashioned fish and chips at the Captain's Table in Port Eynon. The perfect end to a perfect British getaway.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, DianneDiscover more
YHA Lizard Point, Cornwall
Cornwall at its dramatic best
YHA Lizard Point, CornwallYHA Lizard Point, CornwallEvery activity is catered for, and all in a quieter setting than you'd eve dream possible.YHA Lizard Point, CornwallYHA Lizard Point, CornwallThis former Victorian hotel offers four-star hostel hospitality and fabulous views, thanks to its peninsula location. As one of the most southerly buildings in England it's perfectly placed for exploring the unscathed Cornish coastline.

With its rugged coast and cliffs jutting defiantly towards the sea, this stretch of Cornwall is truly magnificent. YHA Lizard is in an ideal location to explore it all. Rare and unusual flora abounds, including Cornish heath; a plant that grows nowhere else in Britain. Cast your eyes offshore and you may see some seals. If you're even luckier you might catch sight of basking sharks trawling for plankton. Last year there were 28 sightings in June alone!

The secluded Kynance Cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is just a two-mile walk to the north. Cave names such as the Ladies' Bathing Pool, the Drawing Room and the Parlour reflect its popularity with Victorian day-trippers. With clean white sand and beguiling rock formations it continues to leave present day visitors equally smitten.

Of course, you can do more than just walk around here: travel on horseback, take a boat trip, or grab your board and get surfing. You'll find every activity is catered for, and all in a quieter setting than you'd ever dream possible in Cornwall. Then, if all this sea air gives you a taste for fresh fish, head to nearby Cadgwith. The picturesque working fishing village plays host to a fortnightly competition with locals and visitors competing to catch the heaviest fish. The winner receives a cash prize, and everyone gets a fish supper. It's Cornwall on a plate.

Insider tips from Hostel Manager, PhilDiscover more
Join in the celebration Want to help celebrate South West Coast Path Association's 40th anniversary? You can, by taking part in any of their 56 sponsored walks, each guided by a local expert. The money raised from the walks will help ensure the survival of the trail for years to come. Find out more and sign up here.
25% off hostels along your path YHA is offering 25% off on hostels along the route for stays from now until 30th June.
Simply quote SWCP40-013 online or call 01629 592 700. Promotional terms and conditions apply, click here for details.

This offer is available at; Minehead, Exford, Tintagel, Boscastle, Treyarnon, Perranporth, Land's End, Penzance, Lizard, Coverack, Golant, Boswinger, Salcombe, Beer, Portland, Litton Cheney, Lulworth Cove and Swanage.
Next Month:
The Cycling Edition Whether you're a seasoned pro, or just fancy exploring on two wheels, the British landscape has something for every cyclist to enjoy. Next month we'll be pedal powering our way through some of the very finest locations and hostels from which to set off from. So, get on your bike and we'll meet you back here in next to no time.
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