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 £23pp. Private rooms from £45. Discount of up to 15% for YHA/IH members. Sole use from £550 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 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 and the North Pennines.

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

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

We’ll Meet Again, Do Know Where But Don’t Know When!

May 22nd 2020

One day we won’t have to social distance and will be able to meet up again with our families so why not consider booking a whole hostel to have a family reunion?

At the moment most of us are separated from our loved ones, dreaming of a holiday and a change of scenery and holidays abroad may be out question or undesirable for a lot of people. So when we are allowed to meet up with other family members or friends who live in another household and not have to be ‘socially distanced’ then Whole Hostel Hire can be a great affordable option to bring everyone together once again.
Our hostel has a lovely home from home vibe and can accommodate up to 30 people within 7 bedrooms with great self catering facilities and social spaces! Surrounded by the quiet, picturesque North Pennines countryside with lots of scenic walks straight from the door and the lovely little town of Alston on the doorstep. You can reconnect with those you love and have missed, mourn those you may have lost or just celebrate the sheer joy of being together again!
Contact us directly to find out more and for prices for 2 night, or more, Exclusive Hire stays at Alston Youth Hostel (subject to Governmental advice and changes to the current restrictions in place)


Before and After – Alston Hostels Bike Shed

May 15th 2020

Operation New Bike Shed is (almost) complete. We are now fully equipped to securely store up to 30 bikes!

Located directly on the C2C cycle route and about half way which means we are a great stop over point for those wanting to complete in 2 days! We have secure indoor storage for up to 30 bikes, bike cleaning facilities and tool kit and a large effective drying room. Sleeping up to 30 people we are very affordable accommodation ideal for large groups wanting to do the challenge for charity and also school groups. We offer good hearty breakfasts with lots of choice including proper porridge – the cyclist’s favourite!

new bike shed at Alston Youth Hostel
Alston Youth hostel with independent hostels sign

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