The countryside around Alston, England’s highest market town, provides some of the finest walking country in the North Pennines. Here you'll find the the lofty Cross Fell the highest English hill outside of the Lake District. To the west the striking North Pennines escarpment is a dramatic backdrop to the attractive, red sandstone-built, fell foot villages.
Railway enthusiasts can hop on the South Tyndale Railway in Alston and enjoy a scenic ride alongthe South Tyne Valley. Nearby are the remains of Epiacum, one of the best preserved examples of a Roman fort in Europe. While further north, the RSPB Geltsdale Nature Reserve is a good place to see the rare Black grouse. This area is also home to Cumbria’s only commercial winery; High Cup Winery. To discover what else this area has to offer click on the map and start exploring!