We’re happy to see a few familiar names on the shortlists. It is always a joy to see people showing the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air, the awards have highlighted some of the people who’ve been doing just that.
We had a few days on the broads ahead of us but before we climbed into canoes and set sail we visited The Old Red Lion and we’re glad we did. The landscape of Norfolk is ancient and very different to the never ending hills of our base in the peak district, but our wonderful host Alison made us feel right at home nonetheless.
Hetty, Ken and their horses Liffey and Tolka travelled from Derbyshire to spend a fantastic 5 days exploring the wonderful riding around Mid Wales Bunkhouse. Here’s what they got up to.
Cornwall might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about the festive season. But here’s how you can have a blast in our cosy hostel on the coast this Christmas or New Year.
At The Long Barn we’ve got enough to keep you busy. Exciting adventures for groups of all ages can be found just 10 minutes from our door. Whether it is white water rafting or an exploratory jaunt to the only known Roman gold mine in the UK.
Read about the exciting things your school group can do around the Yorkshire Dales. Our Bunkhouse is located just a few miles from Ribblehead in the middle of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, an area brimming with activities and learning opportunities.
Where better to reunite the family this Christmas than a spacious boutique hostel? Llandudno is famed for its Victorian looks and homely feel, which is exactly what you can expect from this fabulous hostel. Spread over 9 rooms there’s space for all the extended family.
Lily has been out in the big city, for a weekend in Waterloo. She loved her stay… “Compared to the Derbyshire countryside that I’m used to, it was a nerve-racking experience being in the city at all! But as we sat on the peaceful hill surrounded by likeminded people, I was reminded of home.”
If you’re visiting Seahouses then you simply can’t miss a boat trip to The Farne Islands, a short 30 minute boat ride from the harbour. The Farnes is home to incredible wildlife and is a great place for diving and snorkelling adventures.
As soon as we met Glen, I knew that we were in a friendly city. Glen is the manager of Hull Trinity Backpackers, and he started off our holiday with a friendly greeting and a personal tour of all of the best places to visit in the city.
8 Scottish islands, 6 ferries and 4 friends all add up to an epic cycling adventure. We cycled across Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist, Skye, mainland Scotland and Mull.
“Soon we were balancing along Crib Goch Ridge, with drops on each side like nothing you could imagine. No ropes and no hand holes – just fresh air and amazing views…”
We see many so our former D of E participants staying with us as adults with their own families, saying “I did my D of E at Pindale and thought we would come back.”
The wonderful island of Sanday requires time to really savour all of its charms. Not least among them are the sweeping bays with their white beaches, as well as the abundant local wildlife. Don’t forget to pay them a visit, they’re always happy to have guests.
I have nothing but good things to say about both the Kickstart scheme and Independent Hostels UK. I now work in a high tech office at Cromford Mills, a grade one listed World Heritage site, and coincidentally it’s the first grade one listed World heritage site I’ve ever been able to see the inside of!
While I currently look across the rooftops of Madrid from my fifth floor home-office, I cherish my many memories from staying at hostels around the UK. And I dream of new adventures to come as soon as it is safe to travel again.
Nestled amongst mountains, glens, lochs and forests in the Great Glen, Saddle Mountain Hostel is a great location for exploring the great outdoors of the Scottish Highlands. You won’t have to go far to discover our stunning scenery and heritage. Munro bagging, hiking, cycling, paddling, day trips – we have it all!
Some have been known to say that a stay at our outdoor centre a minibreak in itself. Not only do we have historic listed buildings to find your way around, our site is also home to both high and low ropes courses to get your stay off the ground! We’re in the heart of Peak District surrounded by adventure and wonderful scenery to immerse yourself in.
If you are looking for an exciting holiday, look no further than Earby Hostel. We’ve curated a list of exciting activities that you could get up to during your stay in Earby. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly adventure or an action packed minibreak we have got you covered. Not to mention some of the more calming pursuits for an altogether more relaxing weekend
Are you up for a fun filled adventure on the Dorset coast? Do you want to experience something a little different? Cumulus Outdoors will provide you with just what you’re looking for .. and more!
Ocean Backpackers in Ilfracombe is nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers plenty of choices for a memorable activity holiday or mini-break. With numerous activities ranging from thrilling adrenalin-filled coasteering sessions to mellow walks along the spectacular South West Coast Path. There is something for everyone in this stunning part of the UK!