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. 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. 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: 2x1, 2x2, 3x4, 2x6
  • Open:

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

    Private rooms from £27. Discount of up to 15% for YHA/IH members.Sole use from £345 for 1 night midweek, £820 for 2 nights Fri-Sat. YHA membership discounts applicable.
  • 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 Settle to Carlisle 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

Welcome Back Hikers & Bikers, Friends & Families!

May 14th 2021

Alston Youth Hostel is very happy to be welcoming back hikers, bikers, friends and families from Monday 17th May!

Alston enjoys being high up in the middle of the Cumbrian North Pennine Fells providing peace, nature and the chance to feel ‘away from it all’ . But it is a small town which can provide all you need from quaint pubs serving real ales and hearty food, a whole food shop, unique independent shops, chip shop and lovely cafes! We even have 2 supermarkets and petrol stations!
We’ve put a lot of hard work into ensuring everyone has a safe and comfortable stay in the hostel be it for just one or several nights. Enjoy free tea and coffee and snuggle down in our new quilts. Throughout May and June each group/room will be allocated their own sole use shower and a socially distanced table in the dining room during their stay. So as the song says ‘We don’t care how you get here! Get here if you can!’


Walking the Pennine Way?

February 19th 2021

Two new single rooms are now available at Alston Youth Hostel this summer.

With the need to maintain social distancing likely to continue for the rest of 2021 we’re unable to sell individual beds in our shared dorms at the moment. We know affordable, comfortable accommodation is very important when doing a long distance route so we now have 2 x 1 person rooms available for single travellers. If it looks like both rooms are booked up on the date you require just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do! And don’t forget breakfast is available too from only £6.50 to set you up the next leg of your journey! See our website for the menu.


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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