Things to Do and Places to See

Visit World Heritage Sites

Durham Cathedral – Durham Cathedral’s ancient cloisters doubled as a film location for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001 and in the following year for the Chamber of Secrets

Hadrian’s Wall –


This is perfect walking country whether you want a gentle walk around Talkin Tarn or a more challenging walk over the Fells like High Cup Nick or Cross Fell.

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But here is our selection:

The Pennine Way runs through Alston and has recently been voted No 2 walk in Great Britain. You can walk straight from the hotel along the River Nent and over the fells or into Alston.

High Cup Nick is a classic U-shaped glaciated valley high on the western flanks of the North Pennines. Described as The Grand Canyon of the North and was recently featured on Julia Bradbury’s Best Walks With a View on ITV.

Ashgill (where you can walk behind the waterfall) reached via Garrigill –

High Force (England’s highest waterfall) – This 5 mile circular walk takes you through the stunning landscape of Upper Teesdale, within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; it includes Low and High Force waterfalls – the most spectacular natural features in the Durham Dales.

Seven Sister’s waterfall in Alston

Cauldron Snout is a waterfall on the upper reaches of the River Tees in Northern England, immediately below the dam of the Cow Green Reservoir.

Long Meg and her sisters is a Bronze Age stone circle near Penrith in Cumbria

Lacey’s Caves Colonel Lacy, of Salkeld Hall, famous for once trying to blow up the stones of Long Meg Stone Circle, carved five chambers out of the sandstone cliffs by the River Eden in Little Salkeld.

Talkin Tarn This tarn is situated close to Brampton, surrounded by beautiful woodland and farmland, a perfect place to take a leisurely walk with wonderful views of the Pennine fells. Formed by a glacier thousands of years ago, underground streams still feed water into the tarn. Many different walks are available to do in this country park including a one mile walk around the lake suitable for wheelchair users.

Lambley Viaduct and The South Tyne Trail Lambley viaduct crosses the River South Tyne as a series of elegant stone arches. More than 260m long, it once carried the Haltwhistle to Alston railway.

We can provide packed lunches for you or why not try one of the many local pubs serving good homemade food.


Yes that’s right ski-ing. If the snow is right Yad Moss is a 10 min drive away –


Experience driving like it used to be – no traffic jams just miles of open roads and stunning views over to the mountains of The Lake District and the Solway Firth. You can even see Scotland on a clear day. The A686 from Penrith to Alston via the Hartside Pass has been designated one of the AA’s Top 10 drives.

Steam Train

Volunteers run a steam train on the old line between Alston and Kirkhaugh (check their timetable as it only runs on certain days and there is a Santa Special in the weeks running up to Christmas)

Star Gazing

With no street lighting the skies are often full of stars.

RSPB Geltsdale Dark Sky Discovery Site has been recognised for the stunning quality of its night skies. This is a great place for professional and amateur astronomers to stargaze in the North Pennines AONB –


Killhope a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the North Pennines AONB –

Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle has a nationally renowned art collection –

Beamish Museum near Durham Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s –

Tullie Museum and Art Gallery

Hub Museum Alston


The C2C (coast to coast) cycle route passes the end of our drive and we provide storage for your bikes or for a more leisurely way to explore the quiet roads electric bikes can be hired locally.

Towns (retail therapy – all less than an hour’s drive from Lovelady Shield)

Alston – said to be England’s Highest Market Town (although Buxton might dispute that) individual shops, good pubs cobbled high street – used as a film location for Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist.

Garrigill is a small village on the banks of The River Tyne – 4 miles

Penrith – Traditional Lakeland Market Town formerly the capital of Cumberland – 21 miles

Hexham proudly holds the title of England’s favourite market town – as voted by Country Life magazine. 21 miles

Corbridge –  27 miles a beautiful small town with lovely individual shops not found on the high street

Middleton-in-Teesdale 21 miles

Barnard Castle 31 miles

Brampton  – lots of lovely antique shops  19 miles

Carlisle – The Border City 28 miles

Durham – 38 miles

Newcastle and the Metro Centre – 44 miles


This area is fabulous for bird watching enthusiasts.

Deer, Red Squirrels, Woodpeckers, Owls, Badgers, Pheasant, Red Partridge and Black Grouse are seen regularly in the local area and sometimes even in our own grounds.

Rare orchids and alpine flowers can also be found in the area.

Golf Clubs

Alston is home to the highest golf course in England but not for the faint hearted!

Nearby golf courses include Penrith, Brampton and Carlisle