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Alston and North Pennines

Alston and the North Pennines as seen on Channel 5's Dan and Helen's Pennine adventure

Escape toViews from Hartside photo by Helen Shaw 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 youChildren eating ice creams in Alston, photo by Tony West, courtesy of the Cumbria Photo Library 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 wildlifeAlston Station sign photo by John Burrows Photography and plants.

The town of Alston nestles in this setting at the crossroads of five historic trans-Pennine routes.

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

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