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Walking, Cycling and Activities in and around Alston and the North Pennines

The adventure begins as soon as you make your way to Alston Moor winding through a truly spectacular landscape of moors and fells with panoramic views across the North Pennines AONB.  Cross Fell, the highest of the Pennines fells, overlooks Hartside Pass from where you can see the across the Eden Valley to the Lake District peaks, Solway Firth and Scotland.  Once you have arrived, each day could be filled with a different activity from canoeing to skiing, fishing to golf and, of course cycling and walking - or try hiring an electric bike.

Walking and Cycling

Alston has official Walkers are Welcome status. One of the aims of Alston Moor Walkers are Welcome is to promote Alston Moor as a destination for walkers for both visitors and local people by providing information on local walks, the area in general and the facilities available. Visit the Walkers are Welcome Alston Moor website for more information on walking in the surrounding area.

Alston is an important base in the North Pennines autumn walking festival and throughout the seasons there are routes of varying length to enjoy, from easy to challenging using our walking leaflets or with a guide.

Alston is an ideal walking and cycling centre with the Pennine Way passing through the town and great opportunities to get away from it all in the surrounding countryside. 

The Pennine Way celebrated its 50th Anniversary in April 2015.  A special four part BBC1 series 'The Pennine Way' was broadcast to mark this milestone.

Ashgill Force near Garrigill is well worth a visit.  It is the highest waterfall in the area - once an industrial landscape of lead mining.

The waterfall can be reached by footpath from Ashgill Bridge and is well worth the short walk down into the wooded gorge.

Long distance routes include the C2C, Walney to Wear and Pennine cycle routes - all pass near the town making their way through some stunning scenery. 

Some great cycle rides can be enjoyed around Alston and a free leaflet available from the Tourist Information Centre describes five 'Do in a Day' cycle routes' from Alston.  

After an exciting day in the fresh air, return to a welcoming country hotel, B&B, convival bunkhouse, traditional cottage, campsite or youth hostel; you can now sample local food and drink.

Other Activities

Skiing is available at Yad Moss (south of Garrigill - open only if there is sufficient snow.)

You can also go fishing on the River South Tyne.

Try a round of golf at Alston Moor Golf Club.