An Alston Discovery

  • Explore this lovely area near the South Tyne
  • Visit the remain of a Roman fort
  • Follow the narrow gauge steam railway

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent walk from Alston by heading in to the fells via the Pennine Way and returning from Kirkhaugh along the South Tyne Trail. The walk meanders through some attractive Pennine scenery, passing close to the remains of a Roman fort and some memorable views over the shoulder towards Alston. The walk back along the South Tyne Trail is full of interest and if you get lucky (as I did) one of the narrow gauge steam trains will pass by. In good weather it is a lovely scene with the whole area really a step back in time, for anyone unsure whether they should visit Alston I can genuinally say there is enough walking to keep you busy fr many days.

Wainwright though was no great fan of this section of the Pennine Way and tended to bemoan the messing around of the Pennine Way route, I think he was just keen to get up and on to Hadrian’s Wall!

Recommend: The walk is easily extended northwards by following the rail line to Lintley and hopefully soon Slaggyford!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL31 North Pennines Buy Map
Start Point: NY 718467. There is parking at Alston station then walk back out to the main road and (A686) for 200 yards, cross the river and turn right on to the signposted Pennine Way
Height to Climb: 150 ms (492 feet)
Terrain: A bit rough in places and the track on the hillside is difficult to follow in places but it is difficult to go far wrong!
Eating & Drinking: There is a good choice of places to eat and drink in Alston but none at Kirkleigh or beyond
Similar Walks Nearby: Cow Green Reservoir
Melmerby Fell
South Tyne Trail
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