Alston is just over the moors in Cumbria at the head of the River South Tyne, about 17 miles away. It is the highest elevated town in the country, at about 1,000 feet above sea level and makes a good place to visit for an afternoon.
Alston has a steep cobbled main street with a distinctive market cross, and many stone buildings dating from the 17th Century. Next to the the Church, is a building dated 1681, the Angel nearby is from 1611, and the white building left of the pub is dated 1687, showing when the Lead mining industry was really ramping up in the region.
It is a bustling town, with a reputation for delicious locally made specialities such as Cumberland Mustard, and Alston Cheese. There are also plenty of other shops and galleries suchas the Rose House Gallery, which also runs painting courses in the area.
Alston is the starting point for the South Tynedale Railway, England’s highest narrow gauge railway which runs diesel and steam hauled services through the summer down to Lintley.
Check their timetable for more information.
Shopping in Alston
- Alston Wholesale Foods, Deli, Front Street
- Coop, Market Place
- Cane Workshop, Market Place
- Nicky Neate, Craft Shop, Front Street
- The Old Parlour, Antiques, Town Foot
- Post Office
- Barclays Bank, HSBC,
- Gallery, Market Place
- Mad Hatters, Hardware, Front Street
- Stokoe House Ceramics Gallery, Market Place
- Tourist Information Centre
There are also plenty of cafés and pubs to stop for refreshment, making a great little town to visit.