Alston in Cumbria, at a height of about 1000 ft (300m) shares the title of ‘highest market town in England’ with Buxton in Derbyshire. Alston is situated in the north Pennines on the Cumbria/Durham border; the hills in the area are characterised by being heather clad, divided by dry stone walls and pockmarked by long abandoned mines.
Alston has a Youth Hostel, this hostel is now in private hands having been sold some years ago but is affiliated to the YHA and tenuously attempts to preserve the chain of hostels on the Pennine Way that is being eroded by hostel closures. The hostel was the destination for the Transpennine late September weekend meet.
The weather determines what can be done on these meets; Saturday was blustery but remained mostly dry. We opted to take a low level walk northwards on the Pennine Way, passing the Roman fort of Whitley Castle. Some of us extended the walk by climbing the hill of Grey Nag before returning to the Hostel and an Evening meal in the pub.
Sunday was a little more showery but interspersed with good spells of sunshine. We drove south into upper Teesdale to visit the spectacular waterfall of Cauldron Snout, then to Cow Green reservoir. Thanks to Andrew for organising an enjoyable weekend.