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The Cane Workshop

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.


Acumen Investigation Services

Our clients include Sky TV, Setanta, Turf TV & the General Pharmaceutical Council.  We specialise in protecting Copyright and Intellectual Property rights.  We have 70+ Investigators across the UK and a staff of 5 in our Alston office.

Tel: 01434 382707

Email: acumenoffice@btconnect.com

Alston House Hotel

Overlooking the South Tyne River and the fells, this relaxed hotel in a stone-and-brick building dating from the 17th century.  The 7 warm, casual rooms come with high-thread-count sheets, as well as Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Some offer garden or countryside views.  Breakfast is complimentary.  There's a casual bar/restaurant serving British and Italian cuisine, as well as a cafe offering light meals. Event facilities are available.


Cumberland Inn

With stunning views across the Tyne Valley, the Cumberland is a fine example of an English Inn. 5 en-suite bedrooms, hearty pub fare and award winning ales await the visitor, and customer service to match. Muddy boots, bikes and pets all welcome. Free Wi-Fi


Harbut Law Cottages and B&B

Sat on the Pennine Way, approximately 1 mile from Alston.  Surrounded by beautiful countryside, are our four, dog friendly, well equipped self-catering cottages.  Also, 2 en-suite B&B rooms, one double, one twin/family room with full English breakfast.  Tel: 01434 381950.



Hi-Pennine Outdoor Shop

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


Isaac's Byre

Isaac's Byre is a high standard, barn conversion with outstanding panoramic views of the South Tyne valley. It’s set in a hamlet overlooking Garrigill village; sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. The open plan living/kitchen and ground floor bedroom make it ideal for people with mobility problems, families, groups of friends.  Free wifi. 2 dogs welcome.


Less Paper Solutions

With over 35 years’ experience of assisting organisations with paper driven processes we offer businesses throughout the country a highly confidential and secure Document Scanning and Document Management Software solution. For further details on our services please contact Jim McCarry on 01434 381230 or 07890 345901 or email to jim@lowbyer.com

Lowbyer Manor Country House

Lowbyer Manor, a Grade II listed Georgian Country House, has twelve comfortable ensuite bedrooms set in an ideal location for exploring the beautiful, quiet countryside of the North Pennines with fishing, golfing, cycling, walking, shooting and skiing being popular pursuits with our guests. Fully licenced and offering good homecooked food.


Mad Hatters Hardware

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.  Free delivery for orders over £15.

Tel: 01434 382991


Market Cross Gifts


Mellow Yellow

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.

Nenthead Mines

A once-thriving lead and zinc mining enterprise that sometimes produced 30% of the UK zinc ores. Take an underground tour, explore the extensive industrial remains or marvel at the mineral displays all on special open days.


South Tynedale Railway

Come and join us at our double award winning railway and enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley on one of our trains hauled by vintage steam, diesel or battery electric locos all with their own fascinating history. Walk along the South Tyne Trail and take in the glorious views, visit the Discovery Museum and our engineering workshop viewing gallery and find out all about England’s highest narrow-gauge railway.


Sunrise Cottage

Sunrise Cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, has a sauna, a large enclosed garden, a log-burner and spectacular views over the Nent valley. Dark skies, walks from the door and wildlife watching from the kitchen table!  Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome.  Cot and high chair available.


The Top Cafe and Ryder House B&B

The Top Cafe is a friendly and relaxing spot in the centre of Alston serving freshly ground Pumphrey’s coffee.  Ryder House B&B above the cafe has 3 en-suite rooms, ideal for cyclists and walkers.  Customer cycle storage, free wifi and card payments.  Well behaved dogs welcome (cafe only, not in B&B).


Totalpost Mailing Ltd

Totalpost manufacture and distribute mailroom equipment for managing incoming and outgoing mail, and from their Alston factory (and Head Office) manufacture ink cartridges for franking machine and other consumables for the industry and  supply these worldwide to some 42 counties over the years. Received a Queens Award for International Trade in 2013.


Turks Head

Tony Nelson Flooring

Floor layer for shops, schools, offices, care homes and domestic work undertaken. Contact Tony Nelson or John Lennox

Tel: 07833 430135

Email: Newcastle1690@yahoo.com

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse

Whether on your own to explore the natural wilderness, or a group of friends together to have some fun Haggs Bank can help you create some great memories. Set in a stunning area it offers travellers a friendly welcome within a warm, renovated building with a touring site with electric hook-ups and the adjoining campsite.


Urban Horse - Bringing A Natural Balance Back To Horse And Rider

Putting Barefoot and Bitless Natural Horse Care into practice for the well being of all horses and ponies. We specialise in providing a complete natural product range for the Barefoot and Bitless Horse and Rider. Including a complete range of horse hoof boots, bitless bridles, natural horsemanship equipment and horse therapy products.


01434 422700 or email sales@urbanhorse.com


Alston Pharmacy

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.


Alston Webweavers

Creating personalised websites for individuals, businesses and organisations.Whatever design you want we can “weave” it for you. All our sites have an easy to use admin section so that you can change or upgrade your site whenever you want. Professional or personal, contact us for a quote.& a demonstration alix@alstonwebweavers.com


Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn is a traditional town centre hostelry, serving a range of draft beer, lager and cider.  Pool table, dart board and wifi available.  8 B&B rooms upstairs, which can be booked via booking.com.


Alston Art Apartments

Three 4 star gold, ‘apartment style’ cottages situated in a secluded, historic corner of Alston, All stylishly furnished to a very high standard, skilfully blending contemporary and traditional designs, two cottages with balconies. Ideally situated, only 2 minutes’ walk from local shops and pubs and 5 minutes’ walk to beautiful open countryside.




Low Nest Barn

4 star self-catering with 2 en-suite bedrooms to sleep 4. Peaceful setting not far from Alston town, with beautiful views. Our garden gate opens directly onto the Pennine Way footpath.  Dogs welcome.  For more details have a look at our Facebook page, and check out our website.


Epiacum Roman Fort (Whitley Castle)

A dramatically-sited Roman fort perched on the flanks of the Pennines; originally built to control the valuable lead and silver mines of Alston Moor. The impressive multiple ramparts are some of the finest in the whole of the Roman empire. Epiacum is about halfway along the Maiden Way – a Roman road running between Bravoniacum (Kirkby Thore) and Magna (Carvoran). There are two visitor trails to explore – The Nervian Trail and also an interactive family trail across the site. Access is on foot from the small car park alongside the A689.


Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CaFS) - Alston Moor Greenprint

The Alston Moor Greenprint is a three-year project led by Cumbria Action for Sustainability to create a strategic vision for a green and sustainable future for the area, with practical actions and solutions to make it happen.

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Pennine Ways Estate & Letting Agent

Pennine Ways Is a local estate agents. Established in 1991 specialising in sales, lettings and holiday cottages. Pennine Ways is run across our two offices, Alston and 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 Moor Community Energy Ltd

AMCE is a community energy organisation established in 2015 as a Community Benefit Society to develop and deliver renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electricity supply offers to the local community.  AMCE are in the process of developing renewable energy proposals which will be offered as propositions for investment by the wider public.


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.


Helen Johnson Artist

A local artist providing prints, paintings and greetings cards to local shops and galleries across Cumbria.


Handyman Colin

Colin provides house and business maintenance locally.  He’s a handyman who turns his hand to most things, including plumbing, carpentry, decorating, gardening etc.  Punctual, reliable and professional.  All jobs considered, no job too small.

Tel: 07950 884462

Email: handymancolin44@gmail.com

Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre Nenthead CA9 3PF

Nenthead Arts and Visitor Centre is a converted Methodist Chapel (built 1873, renovated and conserved 2017-2019). Plumbums dog friendly cafe is open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesday; we are lift accessible to the first floor gallery exhibition space and have meeting rooms to hire.