Struggling to stay motivated with your training ahead of the Brighton and Hove Triathlon?
Why not make the most of one of the many membership benefits and explore a new part of the country.
As a member of Triathlon England and Triathlon Wales, you can join the YHA for just £1 which gives you access to, and money off stays,
in their extensive network of hostels.
Whether you’re looking to go in a group, with your family or get away from it all on your own, YHA has a room and location to suit your needs.
We have picked just three hostels that could make the perfect base for a weekend of training, exploring or relaxing.
YHA Wasdale Hall
200 year old Wasdale Hall, in the West of the Lake District, is an ideal base for all elements and abilities of triathlon training. This National Trust property, with many of its original features and breath-taking views, is often cited as a favourite hostel and it is easy to see why.
Its position on the shores of Wast Water make it an obvious choice for anyone looking to do some open water swimming. Not only is the lake the deepest in England, but it also has very little boat traffic, making it a swimming friendly option over neighbouring Lakes.
And let’s not forget cycling and running, with iconic routes a stone’s throw away. From the challenging Wrynose Pass (14 miles away), one of Britain’s most spectacular bike climbs, Scafell Pike (6 miles away), to routes around the hostels extensive grounds or nearby woodland walks there is something to suit everyone.
In the centre of Cirencester, surrounded by the Cotswolds, this hostel provides the best of both worlds. Whilst the building only became a YHA hostel in 2016 it has had a wide variety of uses in its past, from a beer barrel store and WW2 aircraft parts factory to a theatre. It now sits amongst the creative hub of Cirencester with neighbouring buildings offering arts classes, workshops and galleries.
If you step further afield you will not only find the extensive Cotswolds AONB, with plenty of villages and pathways to explore, but also the start of the 184 mile Thames Path. Or why not join the NCN route 45 towards Cotswold Water Park where you can explore 40 square miles of countryside and pathways through over 150 lakes. Within the park is the Waterland Outdoor Pursuits centre which has regular open water swimming sessions in the lake to complete your triathlon training.
Take in the lay of the land ahead of the big day while enjoying museums, shopping and nightlife on your doorstep. Nestled amongst some of Brighton’s most exciting attractions, such as the Pavilion, Brighton Pier, the seafront and the Lanes shopping area, you can easily enjoy the city during your stay.
With a cycle store on site, the South Downs nearby, and NCN route 2 linking you to the rest of the south coast, it makes a great place to spend a few days on two wheels. Even if you live locally, YHA Brighton boasts a rather gorgeous café bar, perfect to rest your legs after an active day.
Entrants to the Brighton and Hove Triathlon
Don't forget that as an entrant to the Brighton and Hove Triathlon you are entitled to 25% off accommodation at YHA over the Triathlon weekend. Contact us directly if you'd like to claim your discount on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to become a YHA member for £1, simply log in to your Triathlon England or Wales account at www.britishtriathlon.org to pick up the Promocode, then visit https://www.yha.org.uk/membership and add it in as you check out.