Views of the North Pennines from the Hartside Summit

Views of the North Pennines from the Hartside Summit

Charming Alston centre is brimming with cosy tearooms, fine traditional real ale inns and a wide choice of restaurants. With an emphasis on local produce and crafts. The town features organic and Fairtrade shops and independent galleries. Perfect for walking and cycling holidays in Cumbria and the Pennines, Alston like much of the North Pennines has a rich mining heritage. Visit The Hub of the North Pennines Museum in the Goods Shed at Station Yard in Alston and discover the history of the Alston Moor area.

Things to Do in Alston

The beautifully situated village of Alston in North East Cumbria is the Eden Valley's great gateway into the North Pennines and lays a claim to being England's highest market town. The twisting and turning ascent up to Alston via the Hartside summit in the North Pennines is an AA Top Ten best drive in the UK.

Shops, inns and amenities in the town centre cluster around Alston's picture-postcard cobbled streets. Craft shops, independent craft galleries and specialist organic and Fairtrade food shops all feature in the town. The choice of places to eat include everything from traditional Cumbria inns serving hearty pub food and fine ales to award winning restaurants and cosy tearooms.

Surrounded by the spectacular North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and European Geopark, outdoor activities and attractions around Alston include heritage steam railways and historic mines, top fishing, cycling, best motorbike touring and some of the finest walking territory in the North Pennines. The Pennine Way National Trail, one of Britain's most popular national trails, runs right through Alston village.