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

Call Linda, Neil or Jenny 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 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 including a chip shop, 4 pubs and 2 supermarkets open until 10pm. The hostel is lucky to have a family of red squirrels that regularly feed in the trees opposite the bay window in the dining room! So if you have never seen one now is your chance! This accommodation is featured on our map of Northumberland and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    30: 2x2, 2x4, 3x6
  • Open:

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

    From £21pp (adult), discount for YHA members. Private rooms from £40. Sole use from £500 for 2 nights midweek, £700 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).
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest 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).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is near mountains, is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the Isaac's Tea Trail, the Pennine Way, the C2C Cycle Route, the North Pennines, the present or past youth hostel page, the IHUK signage page and the or near to the Settle to Carlisle railway.


bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
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

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.


You can easily spot YHA Alston when you are walking the Pennine Way by their Independent Hostels Sign

April 5th 2019

Alston youth hostel is right on the Pennine Way Long Distance Walk

Situated right on the Pennine Way Long Distance Path and with the C2C right nearby, Alston Youth Hostel provides ideal accommodation for walkers and cyclists. A night at the youth hostel will give you the opportunity to chat to other walkers, gather useful information from the staff and enjoy private rooms, self catering and secure bike storage.

Alston Youth hostel with independent hostels sign

Cycling and Walking Holidays in Cumbria

March 21st 2019

Our guests especially enjoy the Pennine Way or C2C cycle route.

The Walkers are Welcome Alston Moor hold organised group walk for those looking to mingle along the hillsides!

Alston Youth Hostel - Cumbria - C2C cycle route - Pennine Way
Alston Youth Hostel in the North Pennines

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