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In and around Alston Town

Lowbyer Manor Country House is situated in the historic market town of Alston in the North Penines, surrounded by 50 square miles of superb countryside, beautiful dramatic fells and sweeping river valleys. A recognised Area of National Outstanding Beauty (ANOB) often referred to as “The Roof of England”. Quiet Roads, High Roads . . . Moorland Rambles and Riverside Ambles . . . Waterfalls and Wildflower Meadows.

For more information on the beautiful walks in Alston and surrounding villages of Garrigill and Nenthead. Visit the Walkers are Welcome Website at

Alston boasts of it’s own railway. South Tynedale Railway, the North of England’s highest single gauge railway. Where you can enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station. Check out for more information and forthcoming events.

Just outside Alston you will find the Roman Fort of Whitley Castle which is said to be the best preserved fort in the Roman Empire.

For local history The Hub Museum, Alston contains a selection of local transport and household exhibits along with historic photographs, posters and memorabilia of the local area, illustrating life in the ‘good old days’.

For further information on forthcoming events and areas of interest visit the Alston Moor website


Ashgill Force is located near to village of Garrigill and approximately four miles from Alston.  Ashgill Force is the highest waterfall in the area – once an industrial landscape of lead mining

Killhope is an award winning 19th century mining museum where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines.

Cumbria’s only commercial vineyard and winery High Cup Wines are produced at Townhead Farm and Winery, which prepares a range of fruit wines from fruit grown on the farm and in the local area.

Townhead Farm is located at the foot of the impressive U-shaped valley known as High Cup Gill, which runs from High Cup Nick, at its north-eastern end, towards the Eden Valley.

If its shopping you like, try the high streets of Alston, Stanhope, Middleton on Tees, Allendale or Blanchland for unique gifts, arts and crafts, local produce and more.