The Hostellers Sailing Club offers day sailing and dinghy cruising during the summer and country walking during the winter. The HSC suits all levels of sailing experience including complete beginners. Most members live in London/ Essex/ Southeast England, we also now have a few in Devon. We keep a club owned Wayfarer dinghy on a mooring at Paglesham on the River Roach in Essex.


Hostels visited by the HSC

Here is a list of most of the hostels visited by our club over about the past ten years, with the year(s) of our visits.

Wetherdown hostel is run by the charity Earthworks Trust but all the others listed here are, or were, YHA hostels. The pictures were all taken by HSC members, except for the one of Conwy YHA which is from the YHA website, I dont think they would mind. 

It is sad to see that quite a few of the hostels we have visited even over just this recent period are now closed. Having said that, the relatively few new hostels that have been recently added to the network do offer excellent facilities, for example Lee Valley and Southdowns in the list below.




Tanners Hatch (Surrey) - 2002

ridgeway hostel

Ridgeway (Berks) - 2003  (Closed)

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Maypool (Devon, on the R. Dart) - 2003 (Closed)


Conwy (N. Wales coast) - 2004


Cholderton (Wilts) - 2005


Gradback (Peak District) - 2005 (Closed)

bridges hostel

Bridges (Shropshire) - 2006 & 2008

 cotswolds stow hostel

 Stow-on-the-Wold (Glous.) 2006 & 2010

llanbedr hostel

Llanbedr (Mid Wales coast) - 2006 (Closed)


Salisbury - 2006 & 2009

bath yha

 Bath - 2007

castleton yha

Castleton (Peak District) - 2007 (Closed, but there is a new hostel opened in the town)

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Cheddar (Somerset) - 2007

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Cliffe Pypard (Wilts., South of Swindon) - 2008


Weatherdown (Near Petersfield, Hants) 2008 & 2013

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Boggle Hole (N. Yorks coast) - 2009

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Swanage - 2009

 totland yha

Totland Bay (Isle of Wight) - 2010

alfriston yha

Alfriston (Sussex) - 2011


Wastwater (Cumbria) - 2011

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Holyhead (Anglesea) - 2012

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Lee Valley (Essex, N.E. London) - 2012

oxford yha 01

 Oxford - 2012

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Beer (East Devon coast) - 2013

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Southdowns (Sussex) - 2014

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 Bristol - 2015

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 High Close - Lake District - 2015

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Brighton - 2016 (one of the luxurious family rooms)

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Brecon Bunkhouse - 2016 - a non-YHA hostel

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Ravenstore - Peak District - 2017