1/10 Best for active families
YHA Poppit Sands, Wales
2016 is the year of adventure in Wales, and where better for activity-loving families to stay than this former inn overlooking the Teifi estuary? YHA Poppit Sands sits on five acres of private grounds which stretch all the way down to an outstanding beach. This section of coastline is a popular destination with surfers and body boarders, but also with seals, porpoise and bottlenose dolphins in the summer months.
The hostel offers doorstep access to the northern start (or end, if you prefer) of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path – in our opinion one of Britain’s most beautiful coastal routes. Nicknamed the New Zealand of the Northern Hemisphere, this northern end is the highest and most dramatic section of the path. It passes some seriously impressive rock formations – highlights include the cliff folds and collapsed cave around Ceibwr Bay.
As well as wonderful walking, you’ll find horse riding, boat trips, fishing and birdwatching all available in the local area. You’ll find fantastic cycling trails here too, including a relaxed route that uses the disused railway line and follows the River Teifi. Follow the river further into Cardigan and you’ll find an activity centre with staff ready, willing and able to escort you on canoeing, coasteering and climbing adventures.
The hostel itself is a self-catering property with recently refurbished facilities – perfect for keeping costs down. Cook up a storm in the kitchen and then settle the kids in front of the dining room’s large picture windows to watch the sun descend over the sea.
Family ensuite rooms start from £69 and sleep five, including a double bed. Alternatively, hire the whole place, sleeping 30, from £170.