Things to see and do

Walking

The North Pennine area is best known for its extensive walking opportunities. Several locally organised walking festivals take place throughout the year e.g. Haltwhistle Walking Festival in May and October and North Pennines Walking Festival in September.  The Alston Moor Walks, a series of self guided walks with illustrated maps, are a great introduction to the area and fun to follow. There is plenty for all levels of walkers to explore:

  • the magnificent trek to Cross Fell, Hazeley Hush or High Cup Nick
  • shorter leisurely strolls through remote and isolated uplands or sylvan riverside walks, just put on your boots and walk from the doorstep!
  • partake of the 36 mile Isaacs Tea Trail -we are happy to arrange collection and drop off for you over this three day trek.

Venture a bit further and you have Hadrian's Wall and the Lake Distirct to explore, an early start but with their own rewards!

Cycling

Cyclists are also extremely well catered for with two National Cycle Routes passing through the area including the world famous C2C (Coast to Coast) route. There are numerous quiet and unfrequented minor roads and lanes to explore as well as miles and miles of off-road routes to tackle should you feel more adventurous.

Shopping

Along the edges of the North Pennines are numerous historical and fascinating market towns, such as Appleby, Barnard Castle, Penrith, Haltwhistle and Kirkby Stephen.The more serious shopaholics are catered for in the nearby thriving commercial centres of Bishop Auckland, Durham, Consett and Hexham with Newcastle and Carlisle relatively accessible. The Outlet Village at Gretna Green is only 40 miles away, for a great rainy day outing!

Something different

Why not try something a little less mainstream:

  • go down a real lead mine,
  • stand behind a fifty foot waterfall
  • travel on England's highest narrow gauge railway
  • enjoy country pursuits such as shooting and fishing

for more ideas go to Visit Eden and Alston's local website  cybermoor