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Alston and the North Pennines

A "Walkers are Welcome" town

Escape to Alston Moor, high up in the North Pennines and experience the magical spirit of this largely undiscovered land.

Alston in the North Pennines is surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls and is one of England's highest market towns (being about 1,000 feet above sea level).

Enjoy marvellous views over the Eden Valley, Lake District hills and Scottish borders as you climb up to Alston via Hartside, a route named as one of the World's Top Ten Most Scenic drives by the AA. 

Designated Britain's first UNESCO European Geopark, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - a dramatic and stunning landscape.  Here you'll find 50 square miles of superb countryside surrounded by beautiful dramatic fells and sweeping river valleys and a haven for special wildlife and plants.

The town of Alston nestles in this setting at the crossroads of five historic trans-Pennine routes each of which passes through breath-Nenthead, hamlets and isolated farms.

Here you will find a warm welcome and a quality of life that will stay in your memory.

 

New! Alston Heritage Trail

Download an Alston Heritage Trail and discover more about Alston's fascinating history.