Alston has a steep cobbled
main street with an impressive market cross, and many of the surrounding buildings date from the 17th Century. It is a busy
town, with a reputation for locally made produce such as Cumberland Mustard, and Alston Cheese.
Hub is the ultimate visitor experience, encompassing the history of Alston Moor depicted through an amazing
collection of vintage vehicles, photographs and memorobilia, kindly loaned or given by local people.
The South Tynedale
Railway is a narrow gauge railway, built to British two feet gauge or 610 mm metric equivalent, which runs from Alston in
Cumbria, northwards into Northumberland, in Northern England. It has been constructed by volunteers on the formation of a
former standard gauge branch line from the historic Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.
Moor Golf Club is undoubtedly the highest golf course in England and possibly the United Kingdom. At 1476' asl and situated
15 miles south of the Roman Wall and located within an AONB, it offers spectacular views of the North Pennines. The Hermitage,
is situated 2 miles south of Alston on the B6277 and comprises 132 acres of parkland, high meadow and pasture land.
At the end of the 17th century
some of the individuals and small companies who owned mining leases in the North Pennines, sold their ore for smelting to
the Quaker-controlled Ryton Company, based near Newcastle upon Tyne.
In 1692, the Governor and Company was formed in London,
being granted a very important charter for smelting down lead with coal.
The North of England Lead Mining Museum
please see website for opening times)
“Killhope is accredited as a ‘Quality Assured Visitor Attraction’
where visitors can discover the lives of Victorian Lead Mining families. Park Level mine is a real adventure. Equipped with
hard hat, lamp and wellies, you are guided down the original tunnel. On the surface, dress up in Victorian style clothes and
work as a washer boy. See the North of England’s largest working water wheel, meander through woodland walks. Pennine
Jewels and Spar Box exhibitions, shops and cafe, enhance your day out in the country.
Hart Side is a fell
in the English Lake District, being an outlier of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells. The Ordnance Survey maps give
the name to a broad saddle dropping from White Stones on Stybarrow Dodd, but Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland
Fells gave the name to the lower top to the north of this depression. By his convention the entire ridge between the valleys
of Deepdale and Glencoyne is known as Hart Side.
Craft Workers are a group of four designer/makers living and working within a 15 mile radius of Alston. The town high in the
Cumbrian Fells also borders the counties of Northumberland and Durham. Popular with walkers and cyclists. The Pennine Way
and the C2C both cross the moor.
around Alston available from Alstonmoor.com
Alston’s Nent Valley: Gossipgate to Blagill (3 miles, 5kms)
Walls and Nattrass Gill: The South Tyne Valley (4 miles, 6.5km)
Of Poaching and Poss-sticks: Garrigill to Ashgill (4 ½ miles, 7kms)
PENNINE WAY ASSOCIATION is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. It was founded in 1971 as “a focus of public
interest” in Britain’s first and finest long distance footpath.
Pennine Way National Trail, 268 miles of chasing the Pennine Mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England, from the
Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviots. Amongst the finest upland walking in
Trail has been described as England's last great undiscovered wilderness trek. The trail runs over 36 miles and is mainly
in Northumberland and entirely within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Route 14, 71
Whitehaven or Workington to Newcastle or Sunderland (Irish Sea off Cumbrian Coast to North Sea off Northumbrian
Coast). Map includes Penrith-Carlisle Link to Scottish route.
To Berwick on Tweed from Appleby and Penrith.
Cycling in the North
Pennines - Alston The four routes
are designed as a series of circular loops and one figure-of-eight off-road trail all starting from Alston. They also link
to the Sustrans C2C Cycle Route.
The three other routes in this series
start from Stanhope, Allendale and Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Yad Moss Snow
Slope is run entirely by volunteers and has been for close to 40 years. Facilities at the site have gradually been improved
over that period and we now offer outstanding and accessible opportunities to enjoy snow sports in England and every penny
we take gets ploughed back to improve the experience.
We aim to provide a caring, secure and supportive atmosphere, with
stimulating experiences, that will stay with our visitors for many years.
is always the first priority and this is always carried out without the group losing that sense of adventure and enjoyment,
so important to all of us.
Club was founded in 1963, and set up at Swinhope fell in a North East facing snow sure bowl above Westgate in Weardale. The
club flourished and the original rope tows were replaced with two Doppelmayr button tows from Austria. We now have a spacious
two storey ski lodge and work shop, a snowmobile, snowblower and state of the art piste machinery.
Experience the exhilaration of skiing and snow boarding when we have
snow - on your own doorstep in the beauty of Northumberland.
Based on the edge of the Northumbrian village of Allenheads, we offer excellent skiing and boarding whenever
there is snow. For more information about how you can join us and the membership discounts & other benefits.
Circular Route: Garrigill - Windshaw Bridge - Ashgill Force - Ashgillside
- Pasture Houses - Garrigill.
is set in a natural amphitheatre and is quite breathtaking. It was quite a thrill for both of us to be able to actually walk
round to stand behind the falls itself and have the water falling at such speed and velocity only inches away.
High Force Waterfall
High Force is the most majestic of the waterfalls on the River Tees. The falls are only a short walk from a bus stop,
car park and picnic area.
Army Museum (Carvoran)
Hadrian’s Wall History comes alive at this spacious museum next to the superb Walltown Crags
section of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum has reconstructions, life sized figures, Roman objects, films and much more. Soar
with the eagle over Hadrian’s Wall in the 18 minute Eagles Eye film, featuring a stunning virtually reconstructed return
flight to see how Hadrian’s Wall, its forts and mile castles may have looked in Roman times.