Alston Moor, set high in the North Pennines AONB, is an ideal centre for walking, cycling, or as part of a tour of the north of England’s landscape and heritage gems. Visitors can expect a unique opportunity to explore its beautiful landscape of fells, moorland, huge skies, tumbling mountain streams, rivers and waterfalls. Take time to discover rare alpine flora and upland birds alongside its rich industrial heritage.
The North Pennines, a UNESCO Global Geopark, has a rich and fascinating lead mining heritage. We also have some of the darkest skies in the UK, so this is a wonderful place for stargazing.
The picturesque town of Alston with its steep cobbled main street and historic stone buildings, boasts quaint shops, cafes, and pubs. Nearby Nenthead and Garrigill are well worth a visit to enjoy exploring the mines and take advantage of many and varied walks.
Some of the treats in store on Alston Moor include:
a scenic trip on the highest narrow-gauge railway in England at the South Tynedale Railway
an underground tour, at Nenthead Mines, exploring the area’s fascinating lead and zinc mining heritage
a visit to Epiacum Roman Fort, home to some of the best-preserved fort ramparts in the entire Roman Empire