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. Located directly on the Pennine Way, Isaac's tea 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.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    30: 2x2, 2x4, 3x6
  • Open:

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

    From £22.95pp. Private rooms from £45. Discount of up to 15% for YHA/IH members. Sole exclusive use from £586 for 2 nights midweek, £697 for 2 nights Fri-Sat.
  • Booking:

    Via hostel email, by phone or Free to Book 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 Settle to Carlisle Isaacs Tea Trail C2C Cycle Route Pennine Way
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bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
nBreakfast available (with notice)
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

Re-opening 17th May for individuals and small groups.

February 24th 2021

In line with the Government guidelines we will re-open for individuals, small groups which comply with the rule of 6 or exclusive hire of the whole hostel for 6 people or 2 households (up to a max of 16 people). Exclusive hire of the whole hostel by one family group only is possible from 12th April 2021. Direct booking enquiries only

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Walking the Pennine Way?

February 19th 2021

Two new single rooms are now available at Alston Youth Hostel this summer.

With the need to maintain social distancing likely to continue for the rest of 2021 we’re unable to sell individual beds in our shared dorms at the moment. We know affordable, comfortable accommodation is very important when doing a long distance route so we now have 2 x 1 person rooms available for single travellers. If it looks like both rooms are booked up on the date you require just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do! And don’t forget breakfast is available too from only £6.50 to set you up the next leg of your journey! See our website for the menu.


Why budget is best

February 17th 2021

Alston Youth Hostel has always been a favourite of both walkers and families and a big part of that is the unbeatable price.

Luxury without the cost. Alston is the perfect example, boasting great facilities for walkers and cyclists. Which is important when you’re surrounded by not just some of the most scenic walking in the country, but also some of best trails (ever heard of the pennine way). The hostel itself is cosy and inviting, books readily available to curl up with at the end of the day. And don’t worry comfortable beds come as standard. Alston Youth Hostel looks forward to welcoming you back.

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