Alston Moor & East Fellside
The countryside around Alston, England's highest market town, provides some of the area's finest walking country - including the lofty Cross Fell - the highest English hill outside the Lake District!
North Pennines Escarpment
The imposing North Pennines escarpment represents an unmistakable western frontier for the North Pennines and is a dramatic backdrop to the attractive, red sandstone-built, fellfoot villages.
Alston is well worth a visit - a wealth of small independent shops await you, galleries, unspoilt street scenes and a choice of quality eateries to while away an hour or three!
Places to visit, things to do
Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre - A great day out awaits you at Nenthead Mines
South Tynedale Railway - Steam train rides along the gorgeous South Tyne Valley from Alston
High Cup Nick - Take a wander from Dufton up to this classic U-shaped valley
High Cup Wines (Offsite link) is based at Townhead Farm at Keisley (between Dufton and Murton) at the foot of High Cup Gill. This is the only commercial vineyard and winery in Cumbria (and the North Pennines). Tel 017683 53714 ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Hub Museum, Alston. Vibrant local history and transport museum, packed full of bygone forms of transport
South Tynedale Railway (c) NPAP & Elfie Waren
Hartside Viewpoint & Cafe (01434 381036) - Stunning views await you from Hartside - across to the Lake District and to the Solway Coast AONB and Scotland!
The Village Bakery (Offsite link), Melmerby (01768 898437). Organic cafe, bakery, bake shop and gallery
Talkin Tarn Country Park (Offsite link), Boat-House Tea Room, nature trail, rowing boat hire. Open all year. Contact: 016977 41050 (tea room) or 016977 3129 (park manager)
St John's Pool (Offsite link), Garrigill. Swimming pool, sauna and a jaccuzi available for hire
The Poetry Path, near Kirkby Stephen - call Kirkby Stephen TIC on 01768 371199 for details
Go Lakes (Offsite link) - the official website of Cumbria Tourism. Cumbria and the Lakes District is the perfect holiday destination to visit at any time of year