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Walk 55 - Around Alston

This walk takes in the lovely area to the South of Alston, Cumbria. You start off by following the River South Tyne, before climbing up on to the lower ground of Alston Moor. From here you are treated to some spectacular views of both the higher ground all around you and the river down below.



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walk summary

  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting Point: Alston
  • OS Map: Explorer OL31

This walk takes in the lovely area to the South of Alston, Cumbria. You start off by following the River South Tyne, before climbing up on to the lower ground of Alston Moor. From here you are treated to some spectacular views of both the higher ground all around you and the river down below.


After skirting around the highest golf course in England you then drop down and cross the river and start your return trip to Alston. You are treated to a feast of wildlife on this walk, red squirrels in the wooded sections and an abundance of bird life, which feed from the rivers.


The walk is good under foot and involves very little climbing, but strong shoes are recommended.

shepherd's notes

f you don't fancy driving in to the Lake District this walk on the edge of Cumbria is certainly worth trying.


JS wrote - Recently purchased walk 55, which I completed on Tuesday. It was a lovely walk with good clear instructions and some beautiful scenery. The farmer at Annat Walls obviously has a sense of humour, as at the second gate you pass through he has posted a sign at the gate warning of bears for the next (It's not until you read the bottom that you realise it comes from Canada). We also saw a red squirrel before you drop down to Natrass Gill. A wonderful sight. Overall, a smashing walk that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Posted By: Oliver Smith | Mon 2nd January 2017

Lovely walk today around Alston, however there are currently a couple of issues with the route:- High Scilly Hall - the instructions say to turn down the driveway to the house and then follow the track around to the right and then swing back round the house. However we actually spoke to the owner of the hall and we walked through and he told us that the footpath is actually to the left of the house and then through a rather homemade looking gate, you then go downhill and across the field to meet the gate which is on the route.- There is currently an area of errosion along the river bank, shortly after you cross the river and head back towards Alston (Page 7). There is a sign on one of the styles informing of this and saying it is impassable. We decided to carry on and asses the situation, it is possible to get through but you have to climb down right onto the river bank and then go through a very boggy area.These are just warnings to people, all in all a lovely walk!

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