Things to do in and around Alston

Alston Moor Golf Club

The highest golf course in England (1476 feet asl) Alston Moor offers a challenging 18 holes of golf, over its 10 greens and 18 tee positions (mens and ladies).

The club, is situated 2 miles south of Alston in 132 acres of parkland, high meadow and pasture land.

Roman Fort

An inspiring Roman fort and historic landscape, sensitively farmed for thousands of years

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Kielder Forest

Kielder Forest is home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England. There are three visitor centres, facilities for water sports, walking and cycling.


The North Pennines boasts some of the finest upland reservoirs and rivers, renowned for the quality of their fishing.

Day tickets are available from Alston Post Office to fish for salmon and sea trout on the river South Tyne.

Newcastle and Gateshead

The city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is less than 50 miles away with all of its shops, restaurants, museums and nightlife.

Nearby Gateshead is the home of the Metro Shopping Centre and the famous Angel of the North.


Killhope is an award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty , where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines.

Walks around Aslton

The countryside around Alston, England’s highest market town, provides some of the finest walking country in the North Pennines

Shepherds Walks offer self-led and guided walks in the area.

South Tynedale Railway

The North of England’s award winning narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the South Tyne Valley in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Trains are hauled by steam, diesel or battery electric locos and all have a fascinating history.


The coast to coast cycle route passes through Alston. Information about cycling routes in the area can be found at Alston Tourist Information Centre.

Talkin Tarn

Here is a 65 acre lake set amid 120 acres of farmland and woodland. The tarn is an ideal place for active recreation or a quiet stroll through the mature woodlands.

 Alston Moor Electric Bikes

Electric bikes are now available for residents and visitors to use in and around Alston Moor.  The bikes are available to collect from four hire points in Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill and are free to hire for Alston Moor residents.

World Around Me (WAM) APP

Harbut Law is featured on the WAM App

You can find all sorts of useful things to do around Harbut Law using the App

Around Alston

In the immediate vicinity of Alston there are a number of visitor attractions:-

  • The South Tyne railway is a preserved steam railway offering timetabled trips throughout the year.
  • Killhope lead mining centre provides lots of interesting information about the lead mining industry which used to be so common around here.
  • There are a number of gift shops and book shops.
  • Small teashops and pubs offer refreshment for the tourist.

Further Afield

There are lots of places within an hours drive from Alston and Harbut Law:-

  • Beamish Open Air Museum, a look back in time, is a very interesting place to visit.
  • Durham, a city full of history and interest including the Cathedral and Walls
  • Hexham, with its Abbey, and Border History Museum a market town with a wide range of shops.
  • The Lake District for ever more dramatic scenery, mountains and lakes.
  • Hadrians Wall, now a World Heritage Site, with a wealth of Roman museums and exhibitions along its length.
  • Carlisle, a walled City with a Castle, pedestrianised and compact, but offering a full range of shops, Cathedral and Museum.