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HOMEPAGE Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and parts of Cumbria Scenes49. A Clockwise Circular Walk from Alston via Whitley Castle, Kirkhaugh

and the South Tynedale Railway

In the North Pennines See also

40. The highest town in England - Alston in Cumbria

 Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Index


Circular Walk from Alston via Whitley Castle and Kirkhaugh and scenes of the South Tynedale Railway

It has many 17th century stone built buildings. The Market Square and Market Cross are centre stage and the spire of St Augustine's Church towering over the houses around the town centre. Alston Town, Cumbria, North Pennines, Northern England

You start from the centre of Alston and walk down past the old Town Hall and left down to the bridge over the river.

Cross the bridge below Alston over the River South Tyne at the start of the circular walk

 

Harbut Lodge

 

Heading towards Whitlow

 

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Whitlow

 

Holymire

 

 

First view of the Roman fort of Whitley Castle

 

 

 

You can see the defensive ditches of the Roman fort of Whitely Castle (not a real castle!)

 

 

Excellent view of the Roman defensive banks and ditches of Whitley Castle.

Whitley Castle is a large and uniquely shaped Roman fort north-west of Alston, Cumbria, England. It was known to the Romans as Epiacum and the fort was built early in the 2nd century and at least partly demolished and rebuilt around AD 200. Whitley Castle is a fine example of a Roman fort with multiple ditch fortifications against the wild tribes of the north!

Some of the best views of the fort defences.

 

 

Looking down to Castle Nook

 

The house in front of Dyke House

 

 

 

The ex road, now footbridge, over the South Tynedale Railway at Kirkhaugh Station, where you cross over the South Tynedale Railway tracks to pick up the path back to Alston

 

The new stretch of track heading north from Kirkhaugh Station

 

Kirkhaugh Station

The return footpath is on the right and follows alongside the railway all the way back to Alston - you can't go wrong!

 

Bridge ? on the South Tynedale Railway

 

Looking across the River South Tyne to the medieval fortified house of Randalholme.

 

 

Bridge ? on the South Tynedale Railway

 

The railway bridge near Alston on the South Tynedale Railway

 

Bridge over the River South Tyne on the South Tynedale Railway

 

The River South Tyne near Alston Station, the path runs between the River Tyne and the tracks of South Tynedale Railway near the end of the walk, and you climb back up from Alston station up into the town and a suitable cafe or pub!


THE SOUTH TYNEDALE RAILWAY

See also the latter pictures of the circular walk to Whitley Castle

You can enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station to Kirkhaugh, Lintley Halt and back on narrow gauge trains hauled by vintage steam or diesel locomotives through the lovely North Pennine scenery of the River South Tyne valley.  There is lots of wildlife to be seen in landscape of the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). There is a cafe and the railway shop and the station has a free car park next to the railway platform and a minutes from Alston town centre. The South Tynedale Railway society has raised enough funding complete the extension of the railway line back to Slaggyford and also the necessary major repairs and renovations to the station buildings at Alston.

Alston Station - the start of the of the narrow gauge South Tynedale Railway

The main station building on the right, water tank on the left and signal box and level crossing in the distance.

The main building of Alston Station, the southern terminus of the xyz.

 

 

A diesel hauled xyz arrived in Alston station.

 

Diesel locomotive No. 9 turning round on the loop at Alston station.

 

An xyz train ready to leave Alston station.

 

0-4-0 diesel locomotive No. 9

 

The old NER public warning notice on the xyz.

 

Alston signal box

 

The view of Alston station from the signal box.

 

Views from the signal box, up the track north and south into Alston station on the xyz

 

THE SOUTH TYNEDALE RAILWAY

 

The carriage shed of the xyz at Alston.

 

0-4-0 diesel NC 25 of the xyz

 

A diesel shunter, passenger carriages and wagons at the Alston sheds and workshops of the South Tynedale Railway

 

Some of the smart carriages of the xyz.

 

Diesel hauled train of the xyz approaching Alston station by the banks of the River South Tyne.

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