Further options for the Lancashire Group on the 9th September, from Slaidburn to the Gisburn Forest and Tosside. There will be opportunity to stay at Kings House Hostel (YHA), at Slaidburn on Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th September for those wanting to ride to, and from the event. We intend to meet at the Fairfield Tea Room at Osbaldeston, on the A59 (Longsight Road), for lunch at noon on Wednesday the 8th of September, but feel free to ride to the hostel independently if you so wish. Please contact Brian on 01254-772983 if you would like him to book your accommodation or want more details.
To mark 100 years of Youth Hostelling, BBC TV Presenter (Antiques Roadshow) Eric Knowles will planting a tree at Slaidburn Youth Hostel on Saturday 20th March 2010 at 1.00pm. For more information about the event contact Simon on 01200-446656 or e-mail slaidburn[at]yha.org.uk
YHAgroup.org.uk website has interesting post about possible new hostel for Ulverston in the future!
This forum may interest some members who have stayed at now closed hostels!
If want to keep update with what happening at the YHA its good ideal to checkout www.yhagroup.org.uk for what hostels are closing or opening! They also reported that Bellingham hostel is back in business again but outside yha network.
Its interesting to see that Kirkby Stephen Youth Hostel is back in this year YHA Accommodation Guide (see stop press update in the Accommodation Guide) after being sold by the YHA last year. I hope RSF members and other users of southlakesgroup.org.uk websites will support the new owners by staying at the hostel in the coming year.
World renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is leading an ‘expedition’ to raise to revamp his favorite Youth Hostel – the iconic YHA Black Sail.
The famous explorer will head the campaign to pay for much-needed refurbishment works at both the legendary former shepherd’s bothy and its sister hostel, YHA Ennerdale, four miles down the valley.
Sir Chris, who lives in the Lakes District and is YHA Vice President as well as keen admirer of the Black Sail property, which is most remote hostel in England and sits two-and-a-half miles from the nearest road.
“Of all all the Youth Hostels I have seen, and there are many in fantastic situations, I think Black Sail is pearl in the YHA crown without a shadow of doubt” he said.
So far, nearly £150,000 of the required funding has been secured but work needs to begin in hurry to comply with terms of the various grants awarded.
It is hoped the appeal will go a large way towards bridging the shortfall of £100,000 after last year’s hostel appeal – for YHA Boscastle -topped £110,000.
“I’m sure that looking up to north face of Gable and down the valley from YHA Black Sail will get more and more wonderful as Wild Ennerdale project takes place” added Sir Chis.
“That’s why it is imperative that Black Sail and the larger sister hostel, YHA Ennerdale, are maintained in excellent order so that future generations can stay in the very heart this stunning valley”.
I found the above press release on the YHA website, I thought members would like to comment on it! Personally have no problems with the YHA having appeal to do up Black Sail Youth Hostel but would it be nice see few of big city hostels being sold and the YHA listening to its members!