Nenthead Mines

The area around Nenthead is rich in remains from the once-thriving lead and zinc mining industry including mine entrances, watercourses, dressing-floors and buildings. This site is famous for its geology and notable for rare lichens and plants growing on the metal-rich mine dumps. See for yourself by booking a trip deep underground.

Ashgill Force

Ashgill is an impressive sight, with water plunging more than 50ft over a rocky shelf to continue its journey down Ashgill Beck. It is reasonably accessible from the B6277, which crosses a bridge just above the falls, or from downstream Garrigill village.

South Tynedale Railway

Climb aboard at nearby Alston and enjoy a scenic ride through the South Tyne Valley with stops at Kirkhaugh, Lintley, or Slaggyford. A successful preservation society has run and developed this narrow-gauge route since re-opening in 1983. Keep an eye out for their special events.

Epiacum Roman Fort

Explore this historic landscape with its spectacular family trails and views. The fort is on Castle Nook and Whitlow farm and is reached from a car park on the A689 Alston to Brampton road.


The UK’s most popular cycle challenge route travels 137 miles between the Irish and North seas. From Cumbria to Tyneside it takes in the tough but rewarding climbs and descents of the North Pennines – with four major climbs in 20 miles.

Hadrian’s Wall

This World Heritage Site is an astounding feat of engineering. It’s the best known and the best preserved frontier of the Roman Empire. Several Roman forts and museums are within easy reach including Birdoswald, Housesteads and Chesters.

Alston Moor Golf Club

Fancy teeing off on England’s highest course? Alston Moor offers a challenging 18 hole course, played over 10 holes, set in 132 acres of parkland, high meadow and pasture land with the most stunning views.