Alston Moor is proud to have been a Walkers Are Welcome town since 2013. The Pennine Way passes through Garrigill and Alston, There’s an amazing variety of walks to suit all interests and abilities on Alston Moor, and in the wider North Pennines. Take a look at our walking website for inspiration, or pop into Hi-Pennine outdoor shop or the Tourist Information Centre for books and leaflets.
For an easy, and informative, walk around Alston itself, try the Alston Town Heritage Trail, which you can download here. There’s also a Nenthead Village Trail available here.
Come and play on the Roof of England! We have England’s highest golf course, longest ski tow, highest mountain outside of the Lake District, and some stunning drives on the 5 main routes out of Alston, one of which is England’s highest ‘A’ road you won’t be surprised to hear.
Alston Moor Golf Club
The highest golf course in England (1476 feet above sea level) Alston Moor offers a challenging 18 holes of golf, over its 10 greens and 18 tee positions. The course is situated in 132 acres of parkland, high meadow and pasture land, 2 miles south of Alston on the B6277. Within the AONB it offers spectacular views of the North Pennines.
With its small but friendly membership, the course is ideal for golfers, of all ability, who enjoy playing the game, at their own pace, in stunning surroundings.
Alston Angling Association beats cover almost ten miles of the Upper South Tyne salmon and sea trout fishing. The Upper South Tyne flows through an AONB, with a variety of pools and runs, fast flowing in places, with deep holding pools and nice fly water in others.
Yad Moss England’s longest real snow ski lift can be found 4 miles south of Alston on the B6277. Run by volunteers, it offers accessible opportunities to enjoy snow sports in this beautiful part of northern England. The ski area is served by a fast Poma tow of 600m length and 125m vertical rise. In good snow conditions there are 8 blue/red ski runs of up to 800m in length. The ski runs are lined by snow fences or otherwise follow shallow gullies or areas where the grass has been cut shorter. A daylodge provides warmth and shelter for your picnic. Opening times are weather dependent but the slope plays host to skiers and boarders from over 100 mile radius who enjoy a real snow experience right in here the heart of Alston Moor.
Alston Moor and the North Pennines is a wonderful destination for cyclists, with some of the country’s most challenging climbs, but on much quieter roads than might be expected. The Sea to Sea cycle has various options on Alston Moor, passing through Alston, Garrigill and Nenthead. Eden Tourism produce a series of leaflets about cycling in the region, and copied can be picked up at Alston Tourist Information Centre.
The North Pennines is the perfect place for star gazing. With Alston Moor being in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it’s the perfect base for a great dark skies experience.
There’s lots of information on the AONB’s website: