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Jac

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Youth Hostels - the demise
« on: 12:03:40, 26/09/17 »
Came across this when browsing and thought it might be of interest to several peops on here with memories or maybe old photos which could be added to the project.

As I used to have a dog hostelling wasn't an option, though am a member and I have stayed in several on trips with groups. I now realise what an amazing places I missed experiencing, from tiny and basic to grand houses :(

http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Former-youth-hostels-of-Great-Britain/3#yha--england
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« Reply #1 on: 12:22:58, 26/09/17 »
Blimey. I knew a lot had closed but am perhaps too young to realise just how many have been lost.

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« Reply #2 on: 14:12:19, 26/09/17 »
Many have closed and are independent Hostels nowadays....thankfully  O0
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« Reply #3 on: 20:26:13, 26/09/17 »
Interesting Website.   I see Westerdale Hall, closed in 1992.  I stayed their, back in the mid 70's.  The photo on that site is just as I remember it.  Still a very normal Youth Hostel inside, despite the grand facade.  I must have been 15 at the time.  My mum phoned the hostel to check if I had arrived,  I was cycling from Malham that day, I hadn't.  I finally arrived about 7pm to be told by the warden to go phone her before I did any thing else.  Which I did. Different world, imagine some stranger trying to tell a teenager to phone their mum these days. 

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« Reply #4 on: 22:27:00, 26/09/17 »
Many have closed and are independent Hostels nowadays....thankfully  O0


I'm not sure of the context of your 'thankfully' Bri?
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« Reply #5 on: 23:19:23, 26/09/17 »
Interesting, but the list is incomplete.

All the Hampshire youth hostels have closed bar one, leaving the county with the unique distinction of having more national parks than hostels!  :o

Winchester is the only former hostel in the list.

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« Reply #6 on: 01:17:28, 27/09/17 »

I'm not sure of the context of your 'thankfully' Bri?

Thankfully...as in...thank goodness, as it means there are still hostels open along National Trails etc. making accommodation possible.
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« Reply #7 on: 08:15:01, 27/09/17 »
Interesting, but the list is incomplete.

All the Hampshire youth hostels have closed bar one, leaving the county with the unique distinction of having more national parks than hostels!  :o

Winchester is the only former hostel in the list.

The main reason for posting on here was so people could add their knowledge to the project.
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« Reply #8 on: 10:27:15, 27/09/17 »

I brought the discussion on another walking forum. I was going to do a walk around Ennerdale and stopping at a youth hostel up Black sails but it was 35 for 1 night :o  so think I will give it a miss.
Last week stopped at Plas curig independent hostel 52 for 2 nights and it was top notch compared to Black sails.

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« Reply #9 on: 10:37:34, 27/09/17 »

I think it's a shame so many youth hostels have shut.  I also think it's a pity they aren't for youth any more,  a 15 year old BuzyG wouldn't be allowed in now without an accompanying adult, and where's the fun in that?  I stayed in Hawes youth hostel a couple years ago and at over 60 I was still the youngest person in.
And I agree that Black Sails can be a ridiculous price, though some people seem to get a better deal.  But I refuse to pay that much for a dorm bed!

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« Reply #10 on: 13:37:31, 27/09/17 »
I brought the discussion on another walking forum. I was going to do a walk around Ennerdale and stopping at a youth hostel up Black sails but it was 35 for 1 night :o  so think I will give it a miss.
Last week stopped at Plas curig independent hostel 52 for 2 nights and it was top notch compared to Black sails.

It seems that the YHA tend to treat Black Sail as a Cash Cow.   They know that that people will pay 35 for the privilege of staying in such an iconic hostel, and the fact that the place is almost fully booked all the time proves that point.

I actually prefer to stay at Skiddaw House, rather than Black Sail.   Just like Black Sail, Skiddaw House is also a remote iconic hostel, but I think it's much more comfy than Black Sail.   At least you don't have to go outside to go to the loo or the shower.   It's also much cheaper at only 18 a night (or 15 if you're a YHA member).   

The main difference is that whilst Black Sail is owned by the YHA, Skiddaw House is independent.



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« Reply #11 on: 15:29:55, 27/09/17 »
On recollection, with the closure of Capel Y Finn youth hostel in the Llanthony valley many years ago, that very popular walking area is no longer served by a YH.
I am sure the same can be said, for a fair few other popular destinations, their a bit like pubs in small village communities, once they close their doors for good, few if any get saved by the locals.

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« Reply #12 on: 15:50:02, 27/09/17 »
a 15 year old BuzyG wouldn't be allowed in now without an accompanying adult, and where's the fun in that?


Personally, I'm glad that unaccompanied 15 years olds aren't allowed.

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« Reply #13 on: 15:53:08, 27/09/17 »
It seems that the YHA tend to treat Black Sail as a Cash Cow.   They know that that people will pay 35 for the privilege of staying in such an iconic hostel, and the fact that the place is almost fully booked all the time proves that point.

I actually prefer to stay at Skiddaw House, rather than Black Sail.   Just like Black Sail, Skiddaw House is also a remote iconic hostel, but I think it's much more comfy than Black Sail.   At least you don't have to go outside to go to the loo or the shower.   It's also much cheaper at only 18 a night (or 15 if you're a YHA member).   

The main difference is that whilst Black Sail is owned by the YHA, Skiddaw House is independent.

Completely agree.
...more or less exactly what I posted on another forum

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« Reply #14 on: 17:08:56, 27/09/17 »

Personally, I'm glad that unaccompanied 15 years olds aren't allowed.


Generalisation here, but 15 year old's these days, don't respect there elders the same.  Possibly as a result of being nannied to death by society and therefore simply not gaining the independence to go live life, that previous generations enjoyed. Shame.