Alston


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Alston is a small town in Cumbria, about 1,000 feet (300 metres) above sea level. It shares the title of the 'highest market town in England' with Buxton in Derbyshire. Alston lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by wonderful views of the fells and South Tyne Valley. Much of the town centre is a designated Conservation Area and is noted for its charming cobbled streets and 17th century stone buildings. The town has a number of shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and other amenities. The area's mining heritage is seen at nearby Nenthead Mines, a Scheduled Monument with regular open days where visitors can learn about the history of lead mining and take an underground tour. The Pennine Way, the UK's first National Trail, passes by the edge of Alston and the Sea-to-Sea Cycle Route (C2C) passes directly through the town making it a popular choice for walkers and cyclists. Steam trains on the narrow-gauge South Tynedale Railway run from April to October.


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