Here you'll find a list of all the businesses, restaurants, and activities we're proud to have here on Alston Moor. It also includes people and businesses who've kindly donated to the cottage. There are places:

There are also some links to walks that you can do directly from the door.

For more direct information you can visit the local Tourist Information Centre in Alston which has even more information on things to see and do during your stay. Details of local cycling routes such as the Coast to Coast can be found on the Sustrans website.

Things within 10 miles
  • A number of local walks direct from the door.

  • St. John’s Pool - Indoor heated swimming pool, Spa and Sauna, located in Garrigill. 1 mile or ¼ mile on foot

  • Pennine Painting Based in the tranquil village of Garrigill in the beautiful North Pennines, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,  we offer:3 and 4-day painting and drawing courses, covering a range of subjects. Also, artist’s studio to view. ¼ mile on foot, 1 mile by car

  • Jules Cadie- Artist  Jules Cadie combines cultural development with his own practice as a visual artist. He participates in cultural projects and festivals, art fairs and open studio events. Living high in the North Pennines , his work explores the relationship between development, creativity and the natural environment. Jules also offers Art Walks and workshops. Jules has his work displayed in Alston Art Space

  • Alston Art Space You are welcome to come in and browse the work of contemporary artists living and working around the Alston Moor area — with no obligation to buy. Of course, you might be tempted to invest in a "piece of the North Pennines'" as a special gift or to add to your collection. We also stock a plethora of prints, mounted and un-mounted, as well as a quirky range of greetings cards for any occasion, or just to keep as a memento of your visit.- 5 miles

  • Alston Moor Golf Club If you like coming in under par, then the golf course is for you. Alston Golf Course currently offers a 10-hole course, though expansion is underway to a full 18 holes. 3 miles

  • West Nattrass Tea Room  offer morning coffee, lunch, high teas and evening meals (the latter by prior arrangement). If you are a chocaholic we have a range of cheesecakes, cakes and muffins- sticky toffee, date and walnut, rocky road to name a few.  You are sure to find something to suit every palate!  For those with a more discerning taste, we have a variety of teas, fruit juices and spa waters. Our specialties include Pancakes: savoury and fruit, Thai Curries, Arabic cuisine and English dishes. 4 miles

  •  South Tynedale Railway - The South Tynedale Railway is England's highest narrow gauge railway winding northwards from its home at Alston in Cumbria for 3½ miles into Northumberland and the current terminus at Lintley Halt, along the route of the former Alston to Haltwhistle branch line which officially closed on 1st May 1976. Specialist steam weekends, Thomas tank engine and Santa specials-5 miles

  • Toil and Bubble- No Booking/No Experience required, Take items away with you, mugs/plates tiles all ready to use after 30 mins. Age group 5 – 105 things to do for Children Mums Dads, Nans and Grandads Sand carve a glass or have a go on a potter’s wheel. Pottery painting, mug, tile painting, window art, baby hand or foot prints. Glass painting. Play with clay overalls provided. Produce decorative and functional items.

  • The Hub The Hub, Heritage and Transport Museum, visitor Review: We went in here to pass some time with our 4 children while waiting to go on the steam train next door! Fantastic memorabilia of years gone by! A model railway is set up and the children can have ago and even get a certificate after. My youngest two were even allowed to sit in some cars and beep the horn. At only £1.50 a visit for adults and children under 16 go free it is definitely worth a visit! 5 miles

  • Epiacum Roman fort  ‘The best preserved Roman fort in the Empire’ Stewart Ainsworth of Time Team. Situated at the top of a hill on the Maidan Way- 7 miles. Or take the...

  • South Tynedale railway  for 3.5 miles to Kirkhaugh and walk the short distance from there to Epiacum   Kit can you please write some more as we haven’t been there

  • Killhope Mines – Award winning museum of life in 19th century North Pennines. Mine tours, washing floor, forest walks, café with fantastic food especially the soups and cake. Details the history of the lead mining. 6 miles

  • Weardale museum - The Weardale Museum is a small independent folk museum. Home of the Weardale tapestry. 10 miles

  • Nenthead Mines - Another mining centre which used to detail the Moor's Heritage and history in Lead Mining. Currently closed, the site offers stunning walks in the local landscape. Open for mine tours some Sundays. Only 3 miles.

For those wet days
  • Alston Wholefoods - Alston Wholefood Co-operative was started in May 1998. They aim to provide good quality food and wholefoods to the people of Alston Moor and surrounding area. They also cater for a wide variety of tourists who come to Alston as holiday makers, cyclists, motor cyclists, train enthusiasts and more!

  • The Cane Workshop - Specialists in re-caning and restoration of all traditional rattan cane and rush furniture. They restore all types of cane furniture, from traditional rattan cane through to rush seating. Have a browse of their gallery to see some examples of their work. You can also browse their online shop with some lovely examples of cane furniture, look at the local hand made crafts we have on offer or simply watch them at work at the back of the shop.

  • North Pennine Cycles - Based in Nenthead, this Cycle Shop caters for all your cycling needs. Whether it's hiring some bikes to go out for the day, or just fixing a puncture, North Pennine Cycles will be able to help.

  • Hi-Pennine outdoors - Hi Pennine Outdoors sells a range of waterproof and fleece clothing for the outdoors. They also have Rucksacks, camping accessories, sleeping bags, walking boots, maps and books; everything you need to get out and start exploring the hills.

  • The Moody Baker - A local bakery in Alston, providing freshly baked bread, pies, and pasties using locally sourced organic or Fairtrade ingredients wherever possible. They also make a range of vegetarian products, including wraps, pizza's and quiches.

  • Sue Sharp - A ceramic designer based on Alston Moor, Sue designs and makes ceramics such as plates, mugs and other pottery.

Further Afield
  • Long Meg and her Daughters- stone circle One of the finest stone circles in the north of England, the circle has a diameter of about 350 feet, the second biggest in the country. Long Meg is the tallest of the 69 stones, about 12 feet high, with three mysterious symbols, its four corners facing the points of the compass and standing some 60 feet outside the circle. The stones probably date from about 1500 BC, and it was likely to have been used as a meeting place or for some form of religious ritual. Long Meg is made of local red sandstone, whereas the daughters are boulders of rhyolite, a form of granite. -18 miles

  • William Wordsworth wrote ‘Next to Stonehenge it is beyond dispute the most notable relic that this or probably any other country contains.’

  • Hadrian's Wall - Staggering in the planning; masterful in its execution; awe-inspiring in its scale. Hadrian's Wall was built in AD122 as a border to the Roman Empire. 25 miles

  • Wetheriggs Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre - Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre is a county-wide animal rescue centre caring for a range of animals including Shetland ponies, alpaca, rhea, numerous reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey. Why not enjoy a day out exploring the site, looking at and feeding a whole host of animals and a café serving wholesome home cooked food. 25 miles

  • Carlisle - Carlisle is ideally located between Scotland and the Lake District, and both are easily reached by car or train. A medieval market town to contemporary city, Carlisle offers a huge choice of attractions to enjoy. A vibrant, cultured city with ever-changing choice of events and entertainment options for all ages 35 miles

  • Lake District National Park Authority - Lots of information for visitors planning a trip to the Lake District, one of the most beautiful parts of the country. 40 miles

  • The Lake District Pass - A pass scheme providing great-value access to a large number of attractions within the Lake District. 40 miles

  • Durham Cathedral - Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. 40 miles

  • Gretna Green - The gateway to Scotland, Gretna Geren may be famous for weddings, but it is also a great place for families and couples to come and enjoy time together experiencing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including excellent shopping and great places to eat. 40 miles

If you're feeling peckisH

We have declicious local food here in the Eden valley. Watch the short video below, and then come and discover some of the amazing places to eat:

  • Miners Arms, Nenthead
    Extensive menu and daily specials 12-2pm and 6.30-8pm. If you have special dietary needs Alison will make meals to your requirements with plenty of notice. You can eat in the light and airy conservatory dining room. Has a silver award from the Green Tourism Business Award scheme. Phone: 01434 381427 - 3 miles

  • The Cumberland Hotel, Alston
    Based in Alston, the Cumberland Hotel has recently won the award of the CAMRA Solway pub of the Year for the Second Year running. Owned by Guy and Helen Harme, you're always guaranteed a warm welcome. A wide range of foods to suit all tastes. Daily specials board. First Tuesday of the month community lunches £4 for two courses. Meals served 12-2pm and 6-9pm - Phone: 01434 381875 - 4 miles

  • Alston House, Alston
    ‘Fresh, exciting and local are all words that have been used to describe our food; which is served in a relaxed, friendly and informal style.’ Eat in the restaurant or the café during the day. If you have special dietary needs let the owners know in advance and they will ensure that they will cook meals to your requirements. Specials board. Food served daily from 12-5, 6-9pm. Phone: 01434382200 -4 miles

  • Victoria Inn, Alston
    Restaurant and bar meals incorporating Victoria Spice Indian restaurant with  menu available for takeaways. Phone: 01434 381194 - 4 miles

  • Angel Inn, Alston
    Extensive menu of home cooked meals and locally caught trout, specials board. Open 12-2pm, 6-9pm. Phone: 01434 381363 - 4 miles

  • Nenthall Country House Hotel,  Nentsbury 
    The Coach House Inn is open to non-residents  ‘We offer an extensive seasonal pub menu of home cooked food with homemade desserts to complete your meal.’ Food served 12-2 and 6-9pm - Phone: 01434381584 - 6-7 miles

  • Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel Nentsbury 
    Our restaurant provides elegant surroundings in which to enjoy the award winning cuisine prepared by our master chef, Mr. Barrie Garton. Barrie’s menus are imaginative and varied usinf mostly local produce. He describes them as being “British with continental excursions”. Phone: 01434381203 - 6-7 miles

Walks from the door
  • Ashgill Force - A great walk to the lovely Ashgill Force. A beautiful, secluded waterfall only a few miles from the door. Nurture Eden have helpfully created us a guide here.

  • Bridges of the Tyne (Alston to Source) - A lovely walk from Alston to the source of the river Tyne. You can also find out about the South Tyne obelisk which is on the route.

  • South Tyne Trail - Garrigill is also on the South Tyne trail which you can walk to Haltwhistle.