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

Call Linda or Neil Willmott on 01434 381509

Cosy, Independent Youth Hostel in Alston

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. It has 2 single rooms, 2 four bed rooms (which can also be twins) and 3 six bed rooms. 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 several places to eat in Alston all within a few minutes' walk of the hostel and 2 supermarkets open until 10pm. We also have free WiFi and laundry facilities.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    28 : 2x1, 2x4 (or twin), 3x6
  • Open:

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

    Private rooms from £30. Discount of 10% for YHA members. Sole use from £350 for 1 night midweek and from £480 per night Fri-Sat.
  • 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 Pennine Journey Trans Euro Trail Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Isaacs Tea Trail C2C Cycle Route Pennine Way
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2022 Available Autumn Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2023 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2023 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2023


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
yYHA Affiliated


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News & Offers from Alston Youth Hostel

Enjoy Walking a Path Less Travelled? We’ve got a Map for That!

February 3rd 2022

Although Alston Youth Hostel is situated directly on the popular Pennine Way we are surrounded by the remote beauty of The North Pennines with the Eden Valley and Hadrian’s Wall just a short drive away. Guests can borrow copies of our 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps to help them explore the quieter of Public Rights of Way and Open Access land and discover another side of Cumbria and Northumberland!

Being avid hikers ourselves we have walked many of the local paths so have a good knowledge of the area and there’s nothing we like more than being able to suggest local routes for individuals and walking groups. You can base yourself at the hostel and have a new adventure everyday!


Put a spring in your step and follow the Tea Pots!

January 17th 2022

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

The perfect stop over when navigating The Great North Trail.

January 16th 2022

The Great North Trail is an exciting new off-road cycle trail which goes from the southern Peak District to the northern tip of Scotland. With over 180 miles of trail to explore, you may choose to do it all in one go or in smaller sections over weeks and months.

However you choose to navigate the Great North Trail, when travelling through the North Pennines, be sure to stop at Alston Youth Hostel. They are no strangers to weary trail travellers as they are also located on The Trans Euro Trail, Lands end to John O Groats, Issacs tea trail, C2C cycle route and The Pennine Way.

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.

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