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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.


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

Market Cross Alston is a hidden gem offering gifts and home furnishings from around the world.  With over 35 years of retail experience we take pride in sourcing products that are unusual, unique and not normally found in large high street stores.


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 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.


Ryder House B&B

A friendly 3 room B&B situated in the heart of Alston’s Conservation Area. All rooms are on the 2nd floor, and are en-suite. Free wifi, covered cycle storage, and plenty of free parking nearby. Near Pennine Way, and on C2C. Breakfast is served downstairs in The Top Cafe.


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.


The Turks Head

The Turks Head is an attractive 17th century "olde worlde" pub situated in the centre of the small market town of Alston. The atmosphere is relaxed, and with friendly staff always on hand to help, this makes it the perfect place for old and new customers wishing to join us for a drink.  Dogs are welcome.


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.

For more information please visit the website:


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

Helen Johnson is a painter and print maker, with work available on her website and through the Market Cross Gifts shop in Alston.  Prints available in various sizes from A5 to A1.

Each print can be individually signed and dated by the artist and a personalised message can be added upon request.


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.


Cybermoor Services Ltd.

Cybermoor was set up in January 2003 as the UK’s first community broadband co-operative and Cybermoor Services Ltd was established in 2004 to provide support for other rural communities using the experience and expertise developed over the years, particularly in the area of technology and innovation.


Rowan Studios Ltd.

I work with small businesses to help them streamline and grow using the amazing digital tools now available at very reasonable costs. Specialist in e-marketing, online retail, EPOS, stock and accounting integration. E-commerce is my speciality, I’m an ex IT Director and Sage eBusiness Manager.


Gillie Cawthorne Fine Art

Gillie is a pastel and watercolour artist based in Garrigill. She has exhibited from Alston to New York and is well known for her portraiture and commissioned works of  esteemed academics, listed buildings, much loved horses and even prize-winning cattle! Alston Moor is a wonderful source of inspiration for her watercolour landscapes which are in collections around the world.


Alston Youth Hostel

Hostel situated directly on the Pennine Way which sleeps up to 30 people. Private rooms or shared single sex dormitories. Ideal for walkers, cyclists, outdoor or family groups and can be hired on an exclusive hire basis. Self- catering facilities, secure indoor cycle storage for up to 30 bikes. Breakfast available.


Cumberland Mustard

Our Honey Mustard has been made in Alston since 1983, a taste

of the county. We have a range of flavours , most popular is the Original, and using raspberries, make our own raspberry vinegar that goes into vinaigrettes, mustard, red onion marmalade and our Mostarda. Sold by independent delis, food stores and mail order.



The Top Cafe

Cafe offering a variety of food and drinks. Everyone welcome, including cyclists, walkers and bikers. We also offer take away and delivery.


Beldy Chapel

We offer a double room in the chapel with a private luxury spa bathroom which includes a hot tub and a sauna. We also let a ground floor, self contained unit which sleeps up to 4 people with private entrance, kitchen and bathroom. You can view the airbnb listing for the self contained unit here. To make a direct booking, or enquire about the chapel room, please email sarkaljo@hotmail.com.

Coachman’s Cottage

A quaint, stone, semi-detached self-catering cottage dating back to the 1700s, with a sheltered, enclosed garden. On the edge of Alston but within a 10-minute easy walk of the town centre. This, well-equipped cosy cottage sleeps 4 and has 2 en-suite bedrooms, kitchen/dining and sitting room as well as enclosed garden and on site parking.


Mark Close Farmhouse

A dog friendly traditional farmhouse which sleeps up to 20 people located within the North Pennines AONB. A fantastic base for large groups wishing to visit Northumberland, Cumbria and the Lakes. Additional 1 bedroom milking parlour (sleeps 2) also available.


Alston Ices

Alston Ices have been in business since 1997 selling award winning ice cream to Alston Moor and the surrounding areas. We are available to hire for galas, fetes, weddings, and birthday parties just give us a message on our Facebook page Alston Ices or alternatively email raymondmiller791@gmail.com.


Greenends Holiday Cottages

3 individually styled cottages set in beautiful rural location on the Isaacs Tea Trail. A short walk from the historic village of Nenthead and its amenities. Cottages are beautifully appointed with everything you needs including Wi-Fi, parking and private outdoor space to enjoy our dark skies. Sleep 2-4 and dogs welcome at no extra charge.


Bonds Precision Castings

A precision steel foundry producing complex alloy steel castings up to 75kg. Production is by the ceramic Shaw Process which was developed in Alston in 1946. Specialising in the manufacture of cast steel  Impellers and Diffusers for the pumping industry also producing castings for Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Filtration, Golf Clubs. ISO9001 and Norsok approved.


Hudgill Farm Barn Cottages

We have two, dog friendly cottages available: Wellhope View sleeps four people and Middlefell View six. They have an interconnecting door allowing for parties of up to ten people. We overlook the beautiful Nent Valley with its varied wildlife and many country footpaths which literally start at the cottage doors.


Alston Emporium

Sweet shop selling handmade fudge (made by the owner), sweets, Jersey ice cream, and handcraft chocolate. Cards and local crafts too.


Once Upon a Time Bookshop

Community new and second-hand bookshop. Three floors of books and gifts including a floor for children's books. Books by local authors available in stock including poetry, children's, local history and other.  


Nenthead Community Shop and Post Office Ltd

Retail Community shop & Post Office, supplying all essentials from fresh bread, milk, and a full range of products to the local community and visitors alike.


The Nook Farm Shop & Cafe

We opened in November 2019, next to Epiacum Roman Fort, a couple of miles outside Alston on the A689. We serve and promote local produce, including farm-bred beef and lamb. All our produce is locally sourced or made here. We have a cafe, farm shop, large car park, good outdoor seating area and an online shop.


Waterclear Solutions

Water Treatment Company which looks after Legionella control, looking after systems to prevent corrosion, scale and bio-fouling in boilers, cooling towers, humidifiers, evaporative condensers, heating systems. Testing of effluent and waste water, as well as microbiological sampling and testing of any water systems. On-site consultancy, giving advice and recommendations.


Fell View B&B

Recently renovated stone house with 2 double en-suites. 50 paces from the Pennine Way. We are ideally located for walkers, cyclists or bikers wanting to explore the surrounding area. We offer bed and breakfast with optional evening meal and packed lunches.


Live Well Beauty Salon

Established in November 2019, Live Well Beauty Salon has been designed to be a little haven where you can come to escape reality and relax. We provide a wide range of treatments suited to both men and women; from waxing, nails, Aromatherapy massage and much more. We also retail Gift Vouchers and miscellaneous beauty products.


North Pennine Cycles

Cycle spares and repairs on the C2C route. With a fully equipped workshop and retail area with a good range of accessories (inc. gel saddle covers!), clothing, maps, guides, and essential cyclists’ drinks and nutrition. Shop stock has been very much driven by the demands of C2C riders. Tel: 01434 381324 or 07919 516113


High Field B&B

We are a small and friendly Bed and Breakfast establishment overlooking the lovely South Tyne Valley, close to the Pennine Way and C2C Cycle Route, and a short walk from local amenities. Tea and homemade cakes on arrival.


Swans Head

Cafe serving beverages and light snacks.  A selection of antique and vintage items including clothing.  We have a range of crafts and cards made by local people, including rugs, wood turned items, jewellery and bags.


Alston Post Office Front Street, Alston CA9 3HP

Post Office counter services, plus a range of greetings cards, confectionery and stationery items.

Gallery 1611

Gallery 1611 is the Studio and Showcase for the ceramics of Syl Macro. Syl specialises in wall pieces and vessels made in an unusual technique of Coloured Clay Assemblage. This method of working has been developed to invoke the dramatic landscapes of the North Pennines. Also in the gallery is a range of wheel thrown pottery including mugs, jugs, bowls and plates.


The High Plaice

Welcome to the highest fish and chip shop in England! We are situated in the centre of Alston, over the road from the Market Cross.


Just Wasps

Based in Slaggyford, covering The North Pennines and beyond. Call Colin on 07724 947355.


JG Heating Solutions

Oil and gas heating installations, service and repair. Based in Alston, call 07886 544649.


West Nattrass Guest House

Former barn set in idyllic surroundings offering en suite accommodation, free off-road parking and wifi. Location amongst moors and upland meadows. Adjacent working farm. Secure bicycle storage. Evening meals can be pre-booked.


Alston Preschool

We’re proud to deliver high quality childcare and exceptional learning opportunities where children learn through play and hands on experience in an exciting, nurturing environment. We will endeavour to cater for all needs and everyone will be made welcome. We’re an Ofsted registered setting offering childcare for children aged 2-5 years. We provide day care for both funded and non-funded children.


The Angel Inn

A small traditional country pub in the centre of Alston, serving home cooked food and triple cooked chips. Three en-suite B&B rooms. Under new management from October 2020..


Busy Bee Cleaning & Laundry

Friendly, reliable and trustworthy. We offer cleaning services and Laundry services.

Holiday lets, end of tenancy, domestic and one off cleans catered for. Laundry room.


Milltree Arb Services Ltd.

Professional treecare services covering the north west and borders area.


Saddlers Bakery and Bistro


JH Henderson & Sons Ltd.

Est 1905, family run businesss. Garage services, MoT testing station. Calor gas supplier. Sand/cement/gravel, compost. Licenced taxi service.

Tel: 01434 381204

All Things Ecommerce Ltd.

All Things Ecommerce operates several online businesses and consults on internet marketing and online selling. The Tagmakers division does engraving of tags, plaques, and small signs, and will engrave on suitable items of jewellery if requested.