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Places of Interest

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS

Market Cross, Alston, Eden Valley

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.

The Hub in Alston North Pennines

The 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.

South Tynedale Railway

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.

Alston Golf Club

Alston 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.

Nenthead Mines

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.

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum
(Seasonal, 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.

Hartside Top Summit

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.

SHOPPING

Alston Craftworkers in the North Pennines

Alston 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.

WALKS

Beautiful walks around the North Pennines

Three walks around Alston available from Alstonmoor.com

Alston’s Nent Valley: Gossipgate to Blagill (3 miles, 5kms)
Annat Walls and Nattrass Gill: The South Tyne Valley (4 miles, 6.5km)
Of Poaching and Poss-sticks: Garrigill to Ashgill (4 ½ miles, 7kms)

The Pennine Way Association Cumbria

The 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 Trail

The 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 England.

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Isaac's Tea 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.


CYCLING

Sustrans C2C Cycle route
C2C Route

Route 14, 71 and 7:
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.

Pennine Cycleway (North Pennines)

Route 68:
To Berwick on Tweed from Appleby and Penrith.

Cycling in the North Pennines

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.

WINTER SPORTS

Yadmoss ski slopes Cumbria

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.

Alston Training in the North Pennines

We aim to provide a caring, secure and supportive atmosphere, with stimulating experiences, that will stay with our visitors for many years. 
Safety 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.

Ski Weardale

Weardale Ski 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.

Skiing and Boarding at Allen Heads North Pennines

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.

WATERFALLS

Ashgill Force Garrigill, North Pennines

Circular Route: Garrigill - Windshaw Bridge - Ashgill Force - Ashgillside - Pasture Houses - Garrigill.

It 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.

ROMAN HISTORY

Vindolanda Roman Army Museum

Roman 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.