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Welcome to YHA’s sensational summer guide.
With incredible countryside, awe-inspiring views and amazing cityscapes, England and Wales have something for all. Discover the best of these two magnificent countries with YHA as you experience an incredibly varied network of hostels amidst some truly beautiful and accessible locations.
Enjoy a scenic hiking holiday this spring and get 15% off YHA stays
Want to experience the Great British countryside at its most beautiful? Pack your rucksack, tug on your hiking boots and tackle the unspoilt wilderness by foot. From picture-postcard villages, to dramatic sea-torn cliffs, here are five great National Trails just waiting for your footprints and camera snaps. Even better, most of these breath-taking long-distance walks are near to a YHA hostel so you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in friendly surroundings after your trek.
YHA share 6 ideas to have a fantastic summer
Are you in need of some summer inspiration? Fear not! Our partners at the Youth Hostel Association have curated 6 ways to have an amazing summer in England and Wales. Even better, if you want to stay close to the action, YHA have rooms available from £29 per night at each of the locations featured.
So there’s no excuse to miss out on making the most of the sunshine!
Blood, sweat and tears: the science behind Tough Mudder
This week we have a special guest post here on the GO Outdoors blog by Merrell Ambassador and Ultra Runner Dr. Andrew Murray on what you can expect from a Tough Mudder event, and a few tips to get the most out of your experience if you’re thinking of taking one on.
Here’s what he had to say: Read more
10 Views you won’t believe are from YHA Hostels
At YHA we’ve always believed in helping people to get out and explore by offering great value accommodation across England and Wales. We’re positioned in some amazing locations for you to take advantage of, so, why not have a look at some of the most beautiful views to discover at YHAs? They might just help provide that crucial inspiration for your next adventure!
Can you identify a Kingfisher? If so, you’re one of few Brits who can
In a survey* carried out by holiday expert Camping in the Forest, figures reveal what we’ve all long suspected – we’re a nation of nature ignorant and ‘beWILDered Brits’.
OEX stop by to give us a preview of their bumper 2016 offering
After our debut year in 2015 and all the fantastic feedback provided by GO Outdoors customers, we’re back for 2016 with an even bigger range than before. Since last years launch we’ve been designing brand new kit in a bid to make OEX a one stop brand for wild campers and expedition participants. The new OEX range features upgraded tents, improved tents, brand new tents, cookware, sleeping bags, rucksacks clothing and more.
There’s so much in fact that we’re going to split this into parts, and in this part we’ll be taking a look at the new tents and camping gear.
VisitScotland – A Walker’s Guide to Scotland
By Jodi Mullen
With nearly 2,000 recognised routes and some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the British Isles, Scotland is a country perfect for walking and has something to offer to walkers of all experience and fitness levels. Read more
My Top 10 Northern England landscape views & walks
In 2015 for the GO Outdoors Awards, we nominated a selection of fantastic independent outdoor blogs and asked the public to vote for their favourite. The following is a guest post from winner Stuart Hodgson and gives you an insight into what you can expect from his own blog. Stuart has combined his love for the outdoors with his love for photography, so we asked him to name his top 10 views that he’s captured on his walks.
The summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about alpine mountaineering again. Undertaking an alpine adventure as an independent team from the UK can seem like a daunting proposition with many new skills to learn. This is partly the appeal of alpine climbing, with it having many facets which take time to master: after 25 years of climbing in the Alps I still learn new things every season.
Keith Foskett and his blog were recently chosen as the winners of the inaugural GO Outdoors walking blog awards. Keith is a keen long distance hiker and writer, and with distance hikes covering thousands of miles at a time, we wanted to hear from the man himself about what it really means to be a distance hiker, below Keith covers in his own words some of the questions he is regularly asked about his hobby.
As a hill walker and trekker you may have enviously viewed posters and videos of climbers hanging from their finger tips on huge alpine cliffs with the sweep of the rock face falling away below. Well, fear not, you can join them with only a few hours of training and a head for heights.
A number of years ago I was lucky enough to be involved in the film ‘Touching the Void’, performing stunts and putting in place the safety rigging. During this film I was required to abseil, fall into and climb back out of lots of crevasses. Crevasses are spectacular ravines of ice, formed in glaciers when the ice is under tension or compression. For those not initiated, venturing onto glaciers for the first time is a daunting prospect. The fear of falling into crevasses Touching the Void-style (free fall arms flailing into the black abyss!) is what the majority of my clients initially think happens. In 23 years of alpine climbing I have only ever fallen into a crevasse like this whilst re-enacting events for the film. If you take the proper precautions and do your homework the worst that usually happens is you put one or both legs into a hole. Read more
Mountain Weather; A guest blog from the Met Office
The GO Outdoors blog is growing in 2014, and part of that growth we will be bringing you some special guest blogs from experts in the outdoors and associated topics. In this instalment of our guest blog series we’ve asked the Met Office to explain the importance of the mountain forecast and how quickly the weather can change in a mountain range. Read more
My first experience of hillwalking in the UK was at the age of 15 undertaking the ‘Pennine Way’. We set off with a large rucksack with enough to keep us self sufficient in the hills – tent, stove, waterproofs and most importantly midge repellent! We had a great adventure, but I have vivid memories of getting very wet and cold (and this was July!).
Around this time of year we see a lot of people come into our stores asking about walking gear, whether it’s a new winter coat or some kendal mint cake for a brisk autumn hike – there’s something about the fresh feeling that really blows the cobwebs away. Monty Halls knows a thing or two about the outdoors being an explorer and a marine biologist; he’s also part of the Merrell pack, and he stopped by to give us his thoughts on why he loves this time of year.
I’m sitting in my kitchen with the smell of fresh coffee slowly awakening the sinuses. My porridge with banana and a dash of honey is starting to congeal, my attention being drawn to the GO Outdoors product booklet. Even though I seem to have amassed a mountain of kit over the years, I still can’t resist eyeballing the offers. The depth, breadth and value of the products offered always amazes me.