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.

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  • 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 or near to 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

A New Year in Alston the heart of The North Pennines

January 7th 2020

2020 has only just have started but you may already be thinking about where to celebrate New Year 2020/21?

Our hostel is in the small historical town of Alston, high up in the North Pennines of Cumbria and close to the Northumberland/County Durham borders. The northern Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall are just 50 minutes away and the Scottish border just 40 miles away.
Alston is lucky to have 5 pubs just a short walk from the hostel where you will receive a very warm welcome! As a small community we have very friendly locals, real fires, real ales and good hearty food – oh and perhaps a bit of singing!
Or you can see in the New Year listening to the ringing of the church bells at midnight!
The hostel sleeps up to 30 people but is ideal for smaller family/friend/activity groups looking for a cosy home from home environment with great self catering facilities. With lots of walking (or cycling on quiet roads) from the doorstep there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and blow away the cobwebs the next day after your celebrations! We’re also blessed with 2 well stocked local supermarkets which will be open if you need to stock up!
There could even be a bit of snow on the surrounding fells to complete the festive scene!
We have availability from 30th December 2020 for a minimum 3 night stay (with no price increase from 2019).


Make 2020 The Year for a Great Personal Outdoor Challenge?

January 2nd 2020

Organise a group outdoor challenge for over 5 people with an overnight B&B stay at Alston Youth Hostel and we’ll reward the organiser with a free breakfast!

Being situated directly on the National walking routes of The Pennine Way, Isaac’s Tea Trail, the ever popular C2C and now the new Great North Trail cycle route Alston is an ideal place to stay if you have a group! With 30 beds, great showers, drying room, indoor secure cycle storage for up to 30 bikes and a good hearty breakfast available!
So if you are organising a group challenge of over 5 people and book B&B with us for the whole group we will give you, as the organiser, a free breakfast! Offer only available on bookings made directly to Alston Youth Hostel.

Special Offer

Come and explore another side of Cumbria!

July 8th 2019

Everyone knows The Lake District in Cumbria but head to the North Pennines AONB east of Penrith and discover a quieter side of the county where Alston Youth Hostel is right in the middle!

Anyone who has walked The Pennine Way will know we have mountains too! Cross Fell is the highest mountain in England outside The Lake District and of course we have stunning valleys like the famous High Cup Nick. All this wonderful geological stuff lead to the area being designated a UNESCO Global Geo Park in 2015. With miles of quiet roads for cycling, wonderful walking over rugged moors, loads of free parking, all within a easy reach of Alston Youth Hostel, isn’t it time to have a proper escape from the Madding Crowds this summer? Private rooms start from £38.25 and dorm beds from £20.40.

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