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Alston Moor - the official visitor site

Alston has a fabulous array of independent shopping establishments.  The only ‘high street’ names are the Co-op and Spar stores.  So if you want big name brands, like a lot of other tourist destinations, you’ll be disappointed.  If on the other hand you want something different to the mainstream then you’re in for a lovely surprise!  We’re proud to be the World’s First Social Enterprise Town; to find out what that means, you can download a copy of the explanatory leaflet here or pick up a hard copy from Alston Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall.

Hi-Pennine Outdoor Shop Front Street, Alston CA9 3QN

This long established family run store selling outdoor clothing and equipment from well-known reputable brands. They have a good range of footwear and clothing, including some "Outdoor Clearance" lines, as well as camping equipment, local maps and books. A new range of British made giftware. They pride themselves on excellent service and advice.  Tel: 01434 381389

Hi-Pennine Facebook page

Mad Hatters Hardware 2 Front Street, Alston CA9 3HU

Hardware, Key Cutting, Gifts, Electrical, Plumbing, DIY Tools, Gardening, Fireside, Small Household Appliances.  For Hire The RUG DOCTOR Carpet cleaner.  Delivery service available on Alston Moor.

Tel: 01434 382991


Market Cross Gifts Market Place, Alston CA9 3HS

Market Cross Alston is a hidden gem offering gifts and home furnishings from around the world.  With over 35 years of retail experience we take pride in sourcing products that are unusual, unique and not normally found in large high street stores.

Market Cross Facebook page

Alston Pharmacy Front Street, Alston CA9 3QP

At Alston Pharmacy we dispense prescriptions, sell over-the-counter medicines and provide first-aid supplies and can offer medical advice to all customers.  We also sell cosmetics and seasonal gifts.

The Cane Workshop Market Place, Alston CA9 3HS

Specialists in the re-caning and restoration of all traditional rattan cane furniture. The Cane Workshop is based in the beautiful market town of Alston. I provide a comprehensive re-caning service where I use traditional methods and natural materials. From the town centre shop you can buy restored furniture, fine art prints and locally made craftwork. Please ring to avoid disappointment.


Alston Post Office Front Street, Alston CA9 3HP

Post Office counter services, plus a range of greetings cards, confectionery and stationery items.

Pennine Ways Market House, Alston CA9 3HS

Established in 1991 specialising in Sales, Lettings & Holiday Cottages. Pennine Ways is run across our two offices, Alston & Haltwhistle. Why not call in for a friendly chat or give us a call now on 01434 381808. We Live Here, We Work Here, We Know Here.


Alston Wholefoods Front Street, Alston CA9 3QH

An ethical grocer and delicatessen run by a workers’ cooperative, since 1998. We offer an unrivalled choice of local, regional and classic cheeses. Plus a wide range of foods - dried, tinned, chilled and frozen; tolietries and household goods. Special diets, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free.


Other Shopping

Post Office and village shop, Garrigill

TLC Hair Design

Moredun Garage, Alston

Art galleries

Mellow Yellow Front Street, Alston CA9 3SE

At the top of Front Street, well worth the climb!  Clothing and lifestyle emporium.  Much bigger than it appears from the outside.  Browsers welcome.  We take card payments, no minimum spend.

Helen Johnson Artist

Helen Johnson is a painter and print maker, with work available on her website and through Market Cross Gifts (see listing below).  Prints available in various sizes from A5 to A1.  Each print can be individually signed and dated by the artist and a personalised message can be added upon request.


Cumberland Mustard

Our Honey Mustard has been made in Alston since 1983, a taste

of the county. We have a range of flavours, most popular is the Original, and using raspberries, make our own raspberry vinegar that goes into vinaigrettes, mustard, red onion marmalade and our Mostarda. Available at Alston Wholefoods, or via our website.



Nenthead Community Shop and Post Office Vicarage Terrace, Nenthead CA9 3PL

Retail Community shop & Post Office, supplying all essentials from fresh bread, milk, and a full range of products to the local community and visitors alike.


The Nook Farm Shop & Cafe Epiacum Roman Fort, Kirkhaugh, Alston CA9 3BG

We opened in November 2019, next to Epiacum Roman Fort, a couple of miles outside Alston on the A689. We serve and promote local produce, including farm-bred beef and lamb. All our produce is locally sourced or made here. We have a cafe, farm shop, large car park, good outdoor seating area and an online shop.


Live Well Beauty Salon Front St, Alston CA9 3QH

Established in November 2019, Live Well Beauty Salon has been designed to be a little haven where you can come to escape reality and relax. We provide a wide range of treatments suited to both men and women; from waxing, nails, Aromatherapy massage and much more. We also retail Gift Vouchers and miscellaneous beauty products.


North Pennine Cycles Nenthead CA9 3PF

Cycle spares and repairs on the C2C route. With a fully equipped workshop and retail area with a good range of accessories (inc. gel saddle covers!), clothing, maps, guides, and essential cyclists’ drinks and nutrition. Shop stock has been very much driven by the demands of C2C riders. Tel: 01434 381324 or 07919 516113


Swans Head Townhead, Alston CA9 3SL

Cafe serving beverages and light snacks. A selection of antique and vintage items including clothing. We have a range of crafts and cards made by local people, including rugs, wood turned items, jewellery and bags.


Busy Bee Cleaning & Laundry Market Place, Alston

Friendly, reliable and trustworthy laundry room. Please contact us via our Facebook page for opening times and services.