Live More YHA

Ever wondered how youth hostels have lasted for more than 80 years. The answer just might be in the latest YHA magazine, Live More YHA, which launched in August.  Packed with network news, big name interviews and the latest gear reviews, the e-zine went to 350,000 people, members and non-members. Electronic and colourful, it's the latest... Continue Reading →

80 years

The youth hostel at Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking in Surrey, celebrated its 80th birthday this year.  Architect designed, purpose built, the hostel first opened on Monday 13 July 1935. Howard Leslie Vicars Lobb, a 26 year-old architect and youth hostel member, designed the hostel.  With its long low lines, facing east and west, the... Continue Reading →

Mountaineering hostels

Some youth hostels have strong connections with mountain and mountaineering, none more so than Pen y Pass, in Snowdonia. Today the outdoor magazine TGO has recognised the hostel's history. The hostel started as the Gorphwysfa Hotel, a coaching inn.  Many many famous mountaineers stayed there.  The hostel, at the start of the track up Snowdon, is ideally... Continue Reading →

The man who invented youth hostels

When German schoolteacher, Richard Schirrmann, moved to Altena, a small town surrounded by the Sauerland’s wooded hills, in 1903, life for the newly married, 29 year-old teacher was full of promise. The following is an extract from the biography of Richard Schirrmann. The Sauerland is an outdoor paradise for those escaping the industrialised cities of... Continue Reading →

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