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Postcode: CA9 | code search
Population: 2100
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Nent Hall Country House Hotel
"Lovely pleasant stay, very welcoming. Food cooked well & good price. Some decor needs renewing. Be careful about putting postcode into Tom Tom as it covers a large area. We ..." More

Nent Hall Country House Hotel
"good quality hotel nice food friendly staff and a lovley atmosphere will visit again thanks for a lovley stay

Date visited: 10 11 July 2010 ..." More

Nent Hall Country House Hotel
"Good Points: Staff friendliness good food General review: Good overall value for money

Date visited: 2009-04-07 ..." More

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Alston is a lovely town situated in beautiful countryside. ...More

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The Cumbrian market town of Alston, at 1,000 feet above sea level said to be the highest in the country, is something of a paradox. With a population of just over 2,000 it is the size of a village, yet in layout, aspect and shopping facilities it is a town. The greater paradox is that this isolated settlement, so distant from the Lakes to the west, is at the centre of so many routes. There are roads running north-east to Hexham, east to Durham, south-west to Penrith, and north-west to Carlisle and Scotland. It even stands on the Pennine Way, and the Sea to Sea cycle route. Alston is on the South Tyne, and the Nent, Black Burn and Gilderdale Rivers all pass nearby. And though British Rail closed the line here in 1976, there has been a narrow gauge railway from Alston to Kirkhaugh since 1984, with plans to extend the line to Slaggyford. In Roman Times this place was already a hub, Maiden Way passing close by. The Romans were interested in lead and silver mining, industry which endured until it became uneconomic in the early 19th century. The Hub Exhibition in Alston records the areaís social history. The last paradox is that from the 10th century until Edward I defeated Scotlandís King John de Balliol, Alston and Alston Moor, though in England, were possessions of Scotlandís king. In the town itself there is a watermill (there has been one here since the 14th century), an interesting Victorian gothic Town Hall, and a Market Cross, but it is the moors and mountains around it that attract visitors, many of them serious walkers seeking quieter paths than can be found in Lakeland. The lucky ones will see deer, red squirrels, and moorland birds like peregrine falcons themselves on the lookout for grouse.


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Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre
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Victoria Inn

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Alston Primary School
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Gossipgate Gallery
Alston Wholefoods Ltd
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Alston Training & Adventure Centre(Adventure)
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Victoria Inn (0.06 miles)

Victoria Inn

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The Victoria Inn is a traditional town centre hostelry. Comprising of 8 rooms, offering a range of clean, comfortable, affordable bed and breakfast accommodation, from single to family rooms.Situated in ... More

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Angel Inn (0.08 miles)

Angel Inn
The Angel Inn is a traditional country pub and Bed & Breakfast with a cosy log fire in the winter and a friendly atmosphere.

Only an hour away from Scotland, The Lake District and Hadrian's Wall. ... More | visit website
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The Cumberland Hotel (0.08 miles)

The Cumberland Hotel
The Cumberland Hotel offers you a warm welcome deep in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A family-run, five bedroom hotel overlooking the River South Tyne in the ... More | visit website
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Cumberland Inn (0.08 miles)

Cumberland Inn

The Cumberland Hotel offers facilities to suit you, whatever your reason for visiting Alston Moor. All of our bedrooms have en-suite facilities, and our five bedrooms can accommodate up to fourteen guests at a time, ... More | visit website

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Alston House (0.12 miles)

Alston House

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This family run hotel in tranquil Alston offers you locally sourced, home cooked food, in an area of outstanding natural beauty that is a paradise for walkers and cyclists.
There are recognised ... More

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Lowbyer Manor Country House Hotel (0.23 miles)

Lowbyer Manor Country House Hotel

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Lowbyer Manor Country House is a 4-star guesthouse, offering you accommodation of exceptional value. We are sure that you will find your stay at Lowbyer Manor a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Our ... More

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Nent Hall Country House Hotel (2.31 miles)

Nent Hall Country House Hotel

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Nent Hall offers a charming destination to enjoy a relaxing break. Set in peaceful gardens, we are only a short drive from the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall and much more.
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Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel (2.34 miles)

Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel
A lovely old country house, tastefully furnished and situated in beautiful grounds.

Approached by a long tree lined drive, offering complete seclusion and unspoiled views of the surrounding countryside. Ideal for visiting the lakes, Hadrians Wall, ... More | visit website
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Thornley House (9.19 miles)

Thornley House
Thornley House is a Visit Britain 4 Star Rated guesthouse located in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland near the village of Allendale and the market town of Hexham.

Hadrian's Wall is only 20 minutes ... More | visit website
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Allendale B&B (9.39 miles)

Allendale B&B
Situated in the heart of the North Peninnes, an 18th Century Grade 2 listed building in the centre of the village offering well-appointed bedrooms, a friendly atmosphere and service. The Tea Rooms serve homemade cake and ... More | visit website

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