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uk YHA(10 Posts)
I have just joined! It has been recommended by a couple of friends. I would be going on my own with 3/4 kids youngest being 8 and the oldest 13 ( if she came). Can anyone recommend places to stay. They all look good.
We are based in the SE btw
We stayed at Kielder once and it was fabulous.
I would suggest also having a look at the Independent Hostel Guide. independenthostels.co.uk/
The YHA have been selling of hostels and there are lots of owner run properties around the UK.
We've stayed at Youth Hostels a few times - me and 3 kids (aged 2-10).
If you get as far as the peak district then.....
Hartington Hall - awesome - an old manor house, really nicely done up. They have a few animals (goats and chickens I think) in a courtyard which the kids loved.
Ravenstor - old rambling place, big grounds, great walks from the door or nearby.
If you like cycling, there are several excellent trails on old disused railways lines. You can hire bikes on most of them (one v. near to ravenstor).
Cholderton - close to Stonehenge. On a rare breeds petting farm with softplay etc. Quite modern inside. When we went, you could spend as much time as you liked on the farm included in the cost.
There are some great looking ones in Wales that I had been eyeing up but as we have recently got a dog that isn't going to work!
Do you collect Tesco Clubcard vouchers? You can use them to pay for your trip.
Meals - I tend to take frozen bolognaise etc from home and self cater for a couple of nights and then use the restaurant for 1 night. They usually offer a free kids meal with every adults one (older child might prefer an adult meal.....).
I think they are brilliant places. Usually a few other kids around for instant playmates, and plenty of adults for a chat. I've never felt out of place being on my own.
Thank you so much for all the info. I have got all my membership,stuff. It's really great to have personal recommendations. Let's see if I make it as far as the Peak District!
We've stayed at loads, they're all great.
Of al we've tried, I would particularly recommend:
Exeter (good for a stopover on route to cornwall)
Though I don't think you can really go wrong wherever you go. We mostly buy the meal deals, though sometimes cook there, and always take loads of snacks. The food is usually fairly basic, but plentiful and hearty.
Coverack is lovely
St Briavels amazing (if you are brave enough!!)
Broad haven great.
Wastwater is another fav.
Avoid, avoid, avoid St Pauls. (Grotty rooms and dreadful security)