Alston Holiday Cottages
Alston is the highest market town in England, set high in the AONB North Pennines and is ideal base for walkers and cyclists looking to explore this wonderful area.
Explore the beautiful unique landscape of the North Pennines, with its fells, open moorlands, mountain streams, rivers and waterfalls in this charming reclusive town – a ‘get away from it all’ destination. Alston is an ideal walking and cycling centre with the Pennine Way passing through the town and several trans-Pennine routes easily accessible from here.
Staying in a holiday cottage in Alston, you can be assured of some fabulous views. From Alston you enjoy sights over the Eden Valley, Lake District hills and Scottish borders. The picturesque town itself has pretty cobbled streets and 17th century stone-buildings with a lovely collection of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Try Alston’s locally produced products, notably Cumberland Mustard and Alston Cheese; enjoy these local delights you could try an Alston special Ploughman’s lunch before setting off for a relaxed afternoon ramble.
Nearby are the small villages of Nenthead and Garrigill which are well worth a visit. Enjoy exploring their historic underground mines, learning about the area’s lead and zinc mining heritage and enjoy the lovely scenic walks around these neighbouring areas.
Climb aboard the highest narrow-gauge railway in England at the South Tynedale Railway which has a station at Alston. Ride through the valleys and mountains and enjoy a whistle stop tour of the wonderful countryside landscape.
When day turns to night, explore the starry night skies. The North Pennines has some of the darkest skies in the UK, so remember to pack your binoculars as you’ll be in for a treat!
Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and during your holiday in Alston, visit Epiacum Roman Fort, which has a collection of some of the best reserved fort ramparts in the entire Roman Empire. From here you can find out more about The Nervians – the last Roman soldiers to live here, take part in a fun family trail around the site and you can even Geochache! Epiacum is set on a working hill farm, dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.
Northumbria Byways, has a fantastic range of self-catering holiday accommodation to offer visitors. Whether you prefer a town centre location or somewhere more remote with scenic views, we are sure you will find the place that is just right for you.