Alston

Alston is a small town in Cumbria, North West England.

Talk

English is spoken fluently by all, although this may change through the course of Friday and Saturday nights.

Get in

There are good transport links into Alston. Although the railway is no longer running, main roads extend to Alston from Carlisle, Hexham, Penrith, and Barnard Castle. Each of these is 20–30 miles distant.

Get around

Wrights busses run a daily service in the summer months to Penrith, Newcastle ( via Hexham), and the villages of Garrigill and Nenthead.

Alston is set in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many walks to be had on the moor, and both Nenthead and Garrigill are good 8 mile ( round trip) walks which can be taken along the rivers Nent and Tyne respectively.

See

PUBS: Alston was once a place of many pubs considering its small size. There are less than 2000 people living on the whole moor and there was until recent years a total of 10 pubs. Each pub had its own individual character and many of were free houses, serving local beers from the microbreweries of Cumbria. In 2014 just four pubs remained open (Cumberland/Angel/Turks Head/Victoria), and one hotel/Restaurant (Alston House), although the Cumberland and Victoria also provide accommodation.

Itineraries

Garrigill Walk: Starting from Alston, there is a gentle walk to be had following the Pennine Way to Garrigill along the Tyne river. From its mighty endings in Newcastle, Garrigill is very close to Tynehead where the river originates from springs. The small square in the centre of the village makes a tranquil place to sit outside. Roundtrip: 8 Miles

Do

Wednesday nights: Open Mike night at the Turks Head pub. This popular event draws musicians from all around Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham and is popular with the locals. Anyone is welcome to join in.

Friday 'early doors', The Cumberland: Many of Alstons residents start the weekend early with a few beers at the Cumberland on a Friday night. The Cumberland is serious about its real ale and is a good place to stop if you wish to sample something local to drink.

Events at the Town Hall: Music night are held roughly every two months in the town hall over the winter months, and show good variety from rock to reggae. Also features the infamous 'Alston Raffle' which beggars description.

South Tynedale Railway - Used to be a branch line through to Haltwhistle but now runs narrow gauge steam engines up into the hills for about 3 miles.

The Hub Museum - Showing Alstons industrial heritage, small but well stocked museum. Next to South Tynedale Railway.

Eat

Like much of Cumbria, after the Foot and Mouth incident a few years ago, many businesses combined and diversified, leaving Cumbria with a gastronomical edge.

Drink

Here is a guide to the pubs of Alston Moor.

Go next

Routes through Alston

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