Alston Youth Hostel, 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. It has 2 single rooms, 2 four bed rooms (which can also be twins) and 3 six bed rooms. 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 several places to eat in Alston all within a few minutes' walk of the hostel and 2 supermarkets open until 10pm. We also have free WiFi and laundry facilities.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    28 : 2x1, 2x4 (or twin), 3x6
  • Open:

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

    Private rooms from £28. Discount of up to 15% for Youth Hostel members. Sole use from £345 for 1 night midweek, £820 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 Trans Euro Trail Settle to Carlisle Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike 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

Electric Bikes – The Future!

November 10th 2021

We think our cycle storage shed is as good as it gets but now it’s even better with new plug sockets fitted for electric bikes!

Electric bikes are getting ever more popular and they allow more people of all ages and abilities to get out and enjoy the countryside. It’s a great form of exercise (you still have to pedal but it takes out the hard work on hills) for health and mental wellbeing. With 5 new double sockets in our bike shed you can recharge your bikes overnight!

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Motorbikers love staying at Alston Youth Hostel in Cumbria

November 4th 2021

If you love your motorbike, you’ll love Alston Youth Hostel, it’s a real biker friendly place to stay. Alston is an extremely popular place for motorbikes as the famous A686 Hartside Pass & Summit (nearby) is listed as one of the best routes (for bikes) in Britain. It is also a popular stop-over for people doing the Trans Euro trail (TET) or heading off up to Scotland to ride the North Coast 500.

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Put a spring in your step and follow the Tea Pots!

October 9th 2020

A long weekend is the ideal time to walk The Isaac’s Tea Trail and the perfect way to see the diverse landscapes of The North Pennines.

At just under 37 miles long the Isaac’s tea trail is the perfect mini long distance walk that can be done in 3 days, 2 days or even 1 day if you are super fit!
It takes in some of the best bits of The North Pennines from Roman Forts, ancient lead mines, waterfalls, rivers and beautiful open moorland full of curlews, lapwings and Oyster Catchers. You may be lucky and even see the rare Black Grouse! Alston Youth Hostel makes an idea place to start and finish the circular walk with great amenities and shops in Alston Town.

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