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 £21.85pp. Private rooms from £45. Discount of up to 15% for YHA/IH members. Sole use from £498 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

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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

Walking In a Winter Wonderland!

October 9th 2020

Walking is a great all year round activity so why not base yourself, your family or a small group of up to 6 people at Alston Youth Hostel and get your boots on!

Whether you just want to escape the everyday, hone your winter walking skills or re-visit some of the best bits of the Pennine Way! You can hire the whole hostel for up to 6 people from as little as £99 a night or book private rooms with allocated bathroom/shower. Our drying room is open, the pub is just down the road and breakfast is available so grab your boots and embrace the wonders and beauty of Autumn and Winter!


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.

Alston YHA Sheep Isaacs tea trail

Small and Select for the New Normal!

September 25th 2020

Big groups and self catering kitchens may be out for a while but we are still open for individuals and small groups of up to 6 people.

One of the joys of staying in a hostel is being able to save a few pennies by self catering. So whilst our self catering kitchen sadly has to stay closed we’ve provided a mini fridge (which remarkably looks like a Rubik’s Cube!), kettle and microwave in the dining room along with individual tea and coffee making facilities for each guest or group.
Alston is also blessed with several pubs that serve food, 2 supermarkets, a chip shop and some lovely cafes all a short walk from the hostel so getting something to eat is so easy! And of course we do a lovely breakfast from only £6.50 if you want us to cook for you instead! Lots of choice and all dietary needs catered for!
We have single or 2 or 4 bedded rooms available starting from £26.

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