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

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


  • The Hub Museum. A local museum dedicated to transport and history of Alston. Although small, it has some impressive exhibits and knowledgeable staff.
  • The Hub Museum. Showing Alstons industrial heritage, small but well stocked museum.
  • 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

  • South Tynedale Railways. The railway used to run from Alston to nearby Haltwhistle, but was closed in 1974. Since then narrow gauge track has been laid and steam trains run throughout the summer months to Gilderdale, some four miles from Alston.
  • Open Mike night at the Turks Head pub. Wednesday nights. 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.
  • 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.

  • The Moody Baker Co-op. Award winning bakery, specialising in home cooked vegetarian fayre, although quality meat pasties and pies are now available. Their steak and ale pie; The Wolf Pie is made with beer from the local Allendale Brewery.
  • Alston Wholefoods. Well stocked with wholefoods, but also stocking local produce from the surrounding catchment. Helpful staff will also talk you though one of the most impressive cheese counters around.
  • Alston House. Upmarket menu and surprising meal selections.
  • Country Kitchen. Does the best BLT in Alston!
  • Drink

    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 and one hotel/Restaurant (Alston House), although the Cumberland and Victoria also provide accommodation. Here is a guide to the pubs of Alston Moor.

  • The Victoria Inn. Good bed and breakfast accommodation. Good bar food including several items from the Moody Baker Co-op and an Indian restaurant (the Victoria Spice).
  • The Turks Head. Very old pub, low ceilings, open fires in the winter, reasonable selection of beers including local ales. Home of the Open Mike night on Wednesdays.
  • The Angel Inn. Growing reputation for good food, beer garden out the back.
  • The Cumberland Inn. Favourite of Alstonites for an after work, or even just afternoon pint. Stunning vista with beer garden over the playing fields and across the river Tyne. Great place to try a local well kept ale and watch the sun set. Also offers food and accommodation. just won Camera's pub of the year award.
  • Alston House. Recently renovated, offers fresh surprising menu, and good choice of wines and spirits, with few beers. Comfiest sofas in Alston.
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  • Haltwhistle
  • Penrith
  • Hexham

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