Alston Youth Hostel, Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW

Call Linda or Neil Willmott on 01434 381509


Situated in the small town of Alston, Alston Youth Hostel is an ideal place to base your adventures in the North Pennines AONB. Right on the Pennine Way, the South Tyne Trail and approximately halfway on the Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Route, Alston is the perfect destination for cyclists, walkers, families, schools and outdoor activity groups. The hostel is run by keen outdoor enthusiasts who know just what you need after a long day in the hills; a hot shower, comfortable bed, a hearty breakfast, large, warm drying room and secure indoor bike storage for 23+ bikes. There is a well equipped kitchen available for self-catering and the dining room and lounge overlook the River South Tyne. If you don't want to cook there are 3 to 4 places to eat in Alston all within a few minutes' walk of the hostel 4 pubs and 2 supermarkets open until 10pm. We also have free WiFi and laundry facilities.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Northumberland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    30: 2x2, 2x4, 3x6
  • Open:

    All year, 8am-10am, 5pm-10pm
  • Price per night:

    From £21.85pp. Private rooms from £45. Discount of up to 15% for YHA/IH members. Sole use from £498 for 2 nights midweek, £690 for 2 nights Fri-Sat.
  • Booking:

    Via hostel email, by phone or via the YHA website.
  • Directions:

    A686 from Penrith or A689 from Carlisle. From the east A686 from Hexham (A69 from Newcastle) or B6277 from Barnard Castle and A689 from Stanhope.
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest train stations are Haltwhistle, Penrith, Carlisle, Hexham or Langwathby on the Settle to Carlisle line. Bus 680 from Carlisle via Brampton or the 889 to Hexham (Tuesday morning only) and 681 to Haltwhistle twice a day.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is near mountains, is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the list of hostels who helped in the time of CoVid-19, the Settle to Carlisle railway, the IHUK signage page, the present or past youth hostel page, the Isaac's Tea Trail, the Pennine Way, the C2C Cycle Route, the North Pennines and the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme.

It has availability at New Year.


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
4VisitEngland Quality Assured
yYHA Affiliated


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News & Offers from Alston Youth Hostel

Special Offer for Exclusive Hire Small Family Groups

July 21st 2020

Whilst the Government rules are that only 1 or 2 family groups can stay together overnight we are offering a special rate for groups of 12 or less people for a minimum of a 2 night Sole Use stay.

We are offering a 25% discount off the cost of an Exclusive Hire stay of 2 or more nights if your group is of 12 people or less. Your group must abide by the current Government rules on overnight stay i.e. everyone must live with the same household but can join up with another family from another household. A maximum of 12 people in total.
There is a minimum of 2 consecutive nights with no arrival on a Sunday.
You will only have access to the number of bedrooms required to accommodate your group size i.e. not all 7 bedrooms, but you will have full access to the rest of the hostel communal areas and bathrooms & showers.
Alston is situated in the beautiful and peaceful North Pennines and is a quiet small town ideal for getting away from busy crowds. Country walking and cycling accessible directly from the door as well as great amenities in the town centre just a short walk away.
Hadrian’s wall is about 45 minutes drive away but we do have our own Roman Fort of Epiacum just 2 miles away!
And the northern lakes and fells of the Lake district are just over an hour away.
Give us a call if you want to find out more!

Special Offer

Yay! Alston Youth Hostel is Opening again from 1st August 2020

July 2nd 2020

We’ll be open on an Exclusive Hire only basis for the next few months but from as little as £99 a night so gather your family and come and escape to the country!

We’ve been working hard during the lock down painting and decorating the hostel to completely rebuilding the bike storage so that the hostel is in tip top condition ready to welcome back our first guests!
To enable us to follow the current Government guidelines and keep our guests safe the hostel is on sale for sole use only by 1 or 2 family groups. We’ve been told the hostel has a homey vibe so we’re perfect for family groups wanting to get together at last!
Our cleaning regime is always rigorous, as many of our Trip Advisor Reviews will testify, but to ensure our guests’ safety we’ve risk assessed every step of the way from arrival to departure and to how we will clean in between groups so that you can book with confidence! We’ve received the Visit Britain Good to Go accreditation.
You can now book directly with us on our website and most bookings must be for a minimum of 2 nights but do give us a call if you require just the one night or a little longer!

Special Offer

Alston Youth Hostel staff help their community get through the coronavirus crisis

May 25th 2020

With our hostel closed we’ve volunteered to be drivers for the Alston Essentials delivery service getting vital supplies out to those self isolating or in very rural places on Alston Moor.

After eight weeks of lockdown Linda and Neil are still delivering.  They say, “It’s the highlight of our week. We feel much more connected with our local community too.”

Read about what other hostels are doing to help their local community.

Alston Hostel staff by van delivering supllies to people isolating from coronavirus
Alston Youth hostel with independent hostels sign

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