Located in Cumbria, Alston is near the Lake District. The town itself is relatively small; however, visitors will find that it serves as a relaxing base to enjoy the beauty of the Lake District. There are several eateries and restaurants in and around Alston as well as several pubs. Visitors will also find there are ample accommodation options in and around Alston. Accessing Alston is fairly easy through the main roads that connect Alston to several other communities in the immediate vicinity. During the summer, at the height of tourist season, a bus line makes transportation even easier.
The English town of Alston is located on the banks of the River South Tyne. Alston is a fairly small town and it is the highest elevated market town in the United Kingdom. The town is about a thousand feet above sea level.
The town of Alston is located at the confluence of the River Nent and also the South Tyne. The landscape of the local area is built from shale, limestone and also sandstone. The local area around the town is very rich with minerals and especially leads deposits. The local landscape has also been very much influenced by the effect of the various types of mining that has gone on over the years. The town of Alston is surrounded by places such as Nenthead and Garrigill.
The local area is no longer actively mined but the mining history of the town is being used to attract tourists. The moorland around the town is mainly used for farming of sheep however over recent years the farmers have diversified and started other enterprises such as bed and breakfasts.
The tourism sector is now a major part of the economy within the local area. The local surrounding area has been classed as an area of natural beauty. The town of Alston is very popular for its cobbled streets and for a vast number of stone buildings that date back to the 17th century. The shopping within the town is very good considering it is only a small town and the shops include a vegetable shop, a co-operative and also a butchers to name a few.