Run by: Stephen & Gina Beimers
Former barn set in idyllic surroundings a mile up the Middleton road, taking the right fork at the top of the village. In the midst of open fells and wildflower meadows there are two en-suite guest rooms, secure lock-up and outbuildings for wet gear. The Beimers provide evening meals as well as a tea-room for hungry cyclists passing their door.
Run by: Michael & Carole Allchorne
A restaurant with rooms very popular with cyclists - groups return year after year. 'We have lovely spotless rooms all with great views, modern bathrooms some with roll top baths.' Great local ales and range of lagers, hearty homemade food and extensive menu cooked by Michael chef/owner whose generosity of portion is renowned. Sit in front of the fire or in the cafe with a latte read the papers, or relax in the garden in the summer. 'We have lots of space and are ideal for groups. It's a lovely old building which has been lovingly updated.' The rest of Alston is just round the corner. There's a beauty room for massages and treatments.
Run by: Linda Almond, Jenny Bradley & Neil Willmott
Alston Youth Hostel is a 30 bedded hostel providing 3-star affordable accommodation within 5 minutes walk of the town centre. All bed linen provided and all beds made up. Hot showers and excellent washing and drying facilities. Indoor secure cycle storage for 20 bikes. Superb selection of meals or self-catering option. Dining room to seats up to 30 people. Open all year round.
Rooms: 2X2, 2X4, 3X6 (bunkrooms). Bed: from £20.50 (£16 for U-18). Breakfast: £5.50 full English and other choices. Eve meal: £12 for 3 courses, £9.50 for 2. Pk lunch: £5. Secure cycle storage. On route Pub: 5 minute stroll. Dietary requirements catered for. Pubs serving food: 5-8 minute stroll.
Run by: Ted & Amanda
Luxurious town centre apartment ideal for a couple. Town View is self-contained and has been completely refurbished. Continental Breakfast provided. Fully equipped kitchen, log burning stove and solid oak and leather furnishing. Free Wifi and a 42” flat screen TV with 20 extra channels, films, Catch-Up TV etc. Everything is provided for your stay. Free secure storage for bicycles and kit washing/drying service.
B&B: From £65 a night, room includes continental breakfast. Rooms: studio apartment open plan. Eve meal: self-catering or pubs and restaurants in the vicinity. Secure cycle storage.
Run by: Celia Pattison
Charming split level bungalow with sweeping views south west across the Cumbrian Fells. Celia has been looking after cyclists for 20 years now and provides a hearty supper and formidable breakfast (all the usual suspects and then some more). It's a leisurely stroll into town, past the police station and down to the Victoria or the Cumberland. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes on arrival.
Rooms: 1S, 1T, 1F. B&B: £27. Eve meal: £12 for 3 courses; Pk lunch: yes. Secure space for bikes.
Tel: 01434 382182
Run by: Dave Simpson
Ideal for campers or group bookings, though Alston Adventure Centre will accommodate individuals or small groups under the right circumstances. This is the ideal half-way stopping place, overlooking the Alston Valley with stunning views. Warm comfortable dormitories, lashings of food, a superb cooked breakfast, self-catering or camping option available.
Rooms: 10 sleeping 3 or more with total of 45 beds. 2 en-suite shower rooms. Bed: £16 (bedding extra £6.25). Breakfast: £6.50. Eve meal: £11. Pk lunch: £5. Camping: £6. Distance from route : 1.5 miles B6277. 1 mile off-road. Pub: 1 mile.
Run by: Guy & Helen Harmer
Great for evening meals and simply wonderful for beer. Not for nothing was the Cumberland voted CAMRA Pub of the Year for the Solway region for the last several years on the trot. All rooms en-suite, bike storage, drying/cleaning facilities. Only stamping point in Alston. Choice of traditional cask ales and home cooked food. Family run and great cooking. Really friendly service and great atmosphere.
Run by: Tian Smith
This is first and foremost a lively town centre pub (without music), with accommodation upstairs. It has been welcoming C2Cers for many years and Tian is a great host. But don't expect any frills and DO expect to find a real locals' bar - friendly and welcoming. The Victoria is warm, clean and comfortable offering everything you need. Accepts all major credit cards. Full Indian restaurant. Also doing takeaway. Sunday roasts. Really busy stop-off for C2Cers.
Rooms: 4S, 2D, 2F. B&B: from £30. Packed lunch: from £3.50. Eve meal: around £8 (Indian restaurant).
Tel: 01434 381194