The Ultimate Alston Stay: A Perfect Two or Three Day Break

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Planning a Short Stay in Alston

Welcome to Salvin House

For a truly memorable Alston stay, base yourself at Salvin House, a charming and historic holiday cottage located in the heart of Alston. This delightful accommodation offers a perfect blend of comfort and character, making it an ideal home base for your Alston break.

Day 1: Exploring Alston

Scenic view of the South Tyne Valley from Salvin House during an Alston stay

Breathtaking view of the South Tyne Valley as seen from Salvin House, highlighting the natural beauty of an Alston stay.

Morning: Breakfast

  • Breakfast at Nook Café: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Nook Café. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a range of homemade pastries and breakfast options that will fuel you for the day’s adventures.

Late Morning: Discover the Town

  • Alston Walking Tour: Begin your Alston break by exploring the town on foot. Wander through its cobbled streets, visit the Market Cross, and take in the historic architecture.
  • South Tynedale Railway: Enjoy a ride on the heritage railway, which offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside. It’s a great way to see the area and learn about its history.

Lunch: Local Flavours

  • Saddlers Bakery + Bistro: Head to Saddlers Bakery + Bistro for a delightful lunch. This charming spot offers a variety of delicious options, from freshly baked bread to hearty sandwiches and salads.

Afternoon: Nature and History

  • Nenthead Mines: Just a short drive from Alston, explore the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre. Learn about the mining history of the region with guided tours and interactive exhibits.
  • Ashgill Force: If time allows, visit Ashgill Force, a stunning waterfall perfect for a short hike and some beautiful photo opportunities.

Evening: Good Pub Grub

  • Dinner at Cumberland Inn: Return to Alston for dinner at the Cumberland Inn, where you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and traditional pub fare.

Day 2: Adventure and Relaxation

Isaac's Tea Trail signpost, a popular route for hikers during an Alston stay

Isaac’s Tea Trail signpost, guiding adventurers through the picturesque landscapes of Alston.

Morning: Breakfast and Outdoor Adventure

  • Breakfast at Melmerby Bakery: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at Melmerby Bakery known for its welcoming atmosphere and delicious menu.
  • Isaac’s Tea Trail: Embark on a section of Isaac’s Tea Trail, a scenic walking route that offers breathtaking views of the North Pennines. Choose a shorter segment suitable for a morning hike.

Lunch: Local Eats

  • Cobbles Café: Stop by Cobbles Café for a light lunch and some of their famous cakes and bakes.

Afternoon: Cultural Insights

  • The Hub Museum: Visit The Hub Museum to delve deeper into Alston’s history and culture. The museum offers fascinating exhibits on local life, transportation, and industry.

Evening: Relax and Dine

  • Dinner at Alston House: For a more refined evening meal, dine at Alston House, where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with a menu that showcases local ingredients and culinary creativity.

Day 3: Optional Day for a Longer Break

Historic Killhope Wheel, a key attraction for visitors during an Alston stay

The impressive Killhope Wheel, a highlight of the Killhope Lead Mining Museum, offering a glimpse into the region’s industrial heritage during an Alston stay.

If you choose a three-day Alston break, add the following activities to your itinerary:

Morning: Breakfast and Exploration

  • Breakfast at Saddlers: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Saddlers  known for its friendly service and tasty breakfast options.
  • Killhope Lead Mining Museum: Drive to Killhope Lead Mining Museum, a short distance from Alston. This award-winning museum offers a hands-on experience of the area’s mining heritage.

Lunch: Local Eats

  • Saddlers Bakery + Bistro: Head back to Saddlers Bakery + Bistro for another satisfying lunch.

Afternoon: Scenic Drives or Rainy Day Activities

  • Scenic Drive through the North Pennines: Take a scenic drive through the North Pennines AONB, enjoying the stunning landscapes and quaint villages.

Evening: A Memorable Farewell

  • Dinner at Kirkstyle Inn: Conclude your Alston stay with dinner at the Kirkstyle Inn, known for its friendly service and delicious home-cooked meals.

Rainy Day Suggestions

Perfect Accommodation for Your Alston Stay

Whether you choose a two or three-day short break in Alston, you’ll find plenty to see and do, from exploring historic sites to enjoying the natural beauty of the North Pennines. Salvin House provides the perfect accommodation to enhance your Alston stay, offering comfort, charm, and an ideal location to make the most of your visit.




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