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Tracing the course of the River South Tyne downstream from Alston, this route provides an excellent short introductory ride to the area. It first heads out along the fell lanes on the eastern side of the river steadily gaining height to Barhaugh Hall then descending by Blackcleugh Burn to the banks of the River South Tyne. The river bank makes an excellent spot for a rest or picnic, after which the road bridge just south of Slaggyford allows the other side of the river to be reached.
The return to Alston involves another climb to start with but once height is gained glorious views open up across the fells and down into the valley where you might just spot steam trains from the South Tynedale Railway, England's highest narrow gauge railway.
Grade - short, challenge