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.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    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, has a pub within walking distance and is on the available autumn half term page, 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.


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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Hostel or Bed & Breakfast for Half Term?

September 29th 2019

Why to choose a hostel rather than a bed and breakfast or a hotel for your short break with the family? Alston Youth Hostel has availability this Autumn half term, family rooms, self catering facilities and lots of indoor and outdoor space to explore.

For some people the word ‘hostel’ brings a vision of grimy stark furnishings, having to do ‘jobs’, bunk beds, sleeping bags (or even worse sleeping liners) and fierce hostel wardens who don’t allow you in after 10pm! But you only have to look through the Independent Hostel Guide to see that this image belongs to another era. Hostels have moved on.. Thank goodness!!
So here are some great reasons why staying in a hostel with children rather than a Bed & Breakfast or an hotel makes so much sense especially if you are on a tight budget.
The Self Catering kitchen means you can bring your own food and prepare your own meals saving expensive meals out in pubs. And often with large, comfy communal areas your family are not confined to your bedroom in an evening and children can get to socialise with other children. And yes most hostels have free WiFi!!
Hosteling doesn’t always mean shared dorms. Most hostels have private rooms that can accommodate families, often with en-suite facilities, and a lot will have double beds as well as bunk beds!
Possibly the biggest incentive is the cost! Hostels are usually far cheaper than bed and breakfast or hostel accommodation for parents with children which makes them an affordable way to have some quality time with your family.
Location. The network of hostels covers the whole of Great Britain in some fabulous locations so you can be either in the middle of now where, in a city centre or by the coast. Or you can even spend a week moving from hostel to hostel and create your own adventures!
Drying rooms. This is something a hostel on a walking route in the country is more likely to have but they are so useful for when the British weather may not be that great and you have lots of soggy shoes and coats.
Laundry facilities. A lot of hostels will have somewhere you can do your laundry which again is great if you’ve had fun outdoors and got a bit muddy!
These are just a few reasons why staying in a hostel with a family is a good choice for half term getaways!
So a big shout out to Hostels every where and here at Alston Youth Hostel we have a great self catering kitchen, 2 supermarkets nearby, free WiFi, comfy lounge and dining room, a lovely large drying room with washing machine, the narrow gauge South Tynedale railway just down the road and family rooms from £38.25!


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 and close to the C2C. It 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.

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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
Alston Youth hostel with independent hostels sign

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