visit alston, nenthead & garrigill...
Alston, the highest market town in England, sits at the junction of several trans-Pennine routes, its steeply cobbled streets, hidden courtyards and quaint shops inviting exploration at every turn. This was once one of the richest mining areas in Britain and reminders of this industry are everywhere.
Nestling in these upland valleys are the lead-mining villages of Nenthead and Garrigill, while Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre brings the world of lead mining to life.
History & heritage
Alston's history is closely connected with the mining of lead ore and has a heritage centre to visit.
Art & culture
Alston Craftworkers is a cooperative of artists and designers living and working on Alston Moor.
Alston Moor is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
Northern Rocks Festival - A celebration of the landscape and geology of the North Pennines AONB.