As one of the last wildernesses in England, walking is one of the greatest pleasures to be found in the Alston Moor area. Home to several of the "Nuttalls" (peaks over 2000 feet), part of the Pennine Way national trail, and central to 2 waymarked footpaths (Isaac's Tea Trail and the South Tyne Trail), there is plenty to challenge the serious walker. But this is not all there is to offer here.

From a gentle, flat stroll alongside steam trains that you can almost keep pace with, through a town trail around the labyrinthine streets of Alston, to rambles to some of our many beautiful waterfalls, there really is a walk for everyone. That is why we joined the Walkers are Welcome network in 2013, and why you really are welcome to come and experience walking at its best.

Walkers are Welcome logoAlston Moor gained Walkers are Welcome status in July 2013 and since then we have been working hard to encourage both visitors and locals to walk more and walk responsibly. We also want to ensure all walkers have a good experience when out and about in the local countryside so please follow the Countryside Code

The Walkers are Welcome UK Network is a nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be 'welcoming to walkers'. The network has expanded rapidly and there. are now over 100 locations across the UK that have joined this innovative community-led scheme to benefit from Walkers are welcome accreditation.


Their aims are to encourage and support towns and villages to:

  • be attractive destinations for walkers with top quality information on local walks
  • offer local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities within their areas
  • ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted
  • contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies
  • promote the health benefits of walking and increase participation
  • encourage the use of public transport

The whole of the North Pennines is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Global Geopark. If you would like more information about the local wildlife or the landscape you can contact the North Pennines AONB office on 01388 528801 or take a look at their websites at and