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“A welcome distraction from the Lake District - if you want one.”

South Tynedale Railway
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Alston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

I called here in 2007 en route from Scotland and found it well worth the visit. So I revisited this year to find it little developed but it is making progress. High in the Pennines, it is worth making the detour from the Lake District or the Yorkshire and Durham dales. This narrow gauge railway is laid on the trackbed of a former standard gauge branch from Alston to Kirkhaugh, with plans to extend to Slaggyford. Work is progressing on the extension. The scenery is attractive Pennine moorland.

Thank stevespecialk
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Went to railway today with the wife. Very picturesque station and got a stottie from the cafe. Price was reasonable and food tasty. Nice staff as well. She got on the train no bother with her wheelchair. We got some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. We even saw a wee deer along the railway line which brightened our day up. The trains themselves look lovely and they are planning an extension on the 30 minute round trip.

Worth a visit for the family. That and the Hub museum would take about 1 and a half hours if you arrive at the correct train time.

Thank Gareth A
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Sunday 24th we were up early to travel the 1 hour journey up to Alston., from Newcastle upon Tyne We are all of an age when we can remember steam trains, and it was the combination of the short journey on the steam train & the outstanding countryside, that attracted us to Alston. It is the highest market town in England. Very olde worlde with a great tourist information office , cafes & pubs.
We had a walk around the village before booking onto the small but very beautiful Helena Catherine steam train for our half hour journey to Kirkhaugh. We were lucky to have the sunshire, but even on a cold or cloudy day it would still be very beautiful.There is nothing to see at Kirkhaugh, its just a few minutes while the engine turns around, and takes you safely back to the station. The station is very pretty, the staff very friendly and informative, they are busy renovating a station cafe which should be open very soon. The railway is child friendly and at only £6.00 per adult return & £3.00 per child it's well worth it there is also family tickets at £16.50 for 2 adults & up to 3 children. It is also a small museum just across from the railway where you really can step back as far as 1900 its well worth a look
its only £1.50 and is charity run, children will be amazed at how we all used to play and get around on the old vehicles.

3  Thank alynthompson
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Reviewed December 21, 2010

Despite the snow the Santa Steam Special was fantastic with a great welcome and a wonderful santa's grotto at the end. Train and station staff couldn't be more helpful and it's great value too.

Thank Ganin
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

There used to be a branch line from Haltwhistle to Alston until Dr Beeching closed it. A group of committed volunteers re-opened a section of the line in July 1983 and a narrow gauge railway now runs steam & diesel trains from Alston in Cumbria to Kirkhaugh in Northumberland. There is an ample car park at Alston station and the station has toilets and a gift shop run by the South Tynedale Railway and Hazel's cafe which is privately owned.
Trains run to Kirkhaugh station in Northumberland where there is a new platform in the middle of farmland with no road access. The views along the line are stunning. On reaching Kirkhaugh the locomotive is unhitched and re-coupled for the return journey. A small buffet serves tea & coffee while this is happening.
The line is currently being extended to Slaggyford. Alongside the line is the South Tynedale trail which is a 16 mile cycle path along the former line to Haltwhistle. For cycling the path is boggy in places between Kirkhaugh & Slaggyford (perhaps there are plans to improve the path once the railway has been extended) but from Slaggyford onwards is excellent.
At Alston don't miss a visit to The Hub.

Thank Mapamaclmach
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