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Lambley to Alston – 20 January 2018

South to Alston does not have the same ring to it as North to Alaska but unfortunately, the local coach company does have Alaska on its itinerary so Alston will have to do. Does anyone remember North to Alaska it was both a song and a film the song being the lead into the film? North to Alaska was sung by Jonny Horton and the film starred John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Capucine and Fabian among others. It supposedly told the story of the gold rush in the late 1890s which coincidentally mirrors the lead and silver mining in the area around Alston at about the same time. The major differences being that mining in the Alston area had been going on a lot longer than the Alaskan mining and in the present day while mining in Alston is no longer viable gold is still being mined in Alaska in large quantities. The other difference is that Alaska is a bit bigger than the area around Alston.

There are three walks to choose from on this trip, the longest is 11.5-miles and heads roughly along the Pennine Way also known as the Maidens Way, which is the old Roman road leading south to Roman fort of Whitley Castle just to the northeast of Alston. The second route of 11 miles comes south along a route east of the River South Tyne and the 10-mile route does a mixture of the South Tyne Trail and the Pennine Way.

If you would like to join us for a walk and maybe kick over a nugget or two of silver you can find the walk descriptions here and the GPS routes here. If its gold you are looking for it looks like a journey to Alaska might be an option.

The image for this post was taken on one of the routes when we were last in the area at about the same time four years ago.

Alston Weather

Walk No. 2 Lambley to Alston 20 January 2018
Area: Cumbria Map: OL 31, 43
10 miles Easy
Start: Coanwood
Lambley Viaduct – South Tyne Trail – Eals – Eals Bridge – Burnstones – Merry Knowe South Tyne Trail – Pennine Way – South Tyne Trail – Alston
11 miles Moderate
Start: OS Grid Ref NY675597
Lambley Viaduct – Castle Hill – Oakeyside Wood – Eals – Eals Bridge – The Bog – Parson Shields – Williamston – Barhaugh Park – Windy Hall – Randalholm Bridge – Alston
11.5 miles Moderate
Start: Lambley Farm
Oxen Hill – Pennine Way – Burnstones – Merry Knowe – South Tyne Trail – Lintley – Pennine Way – Whitley Castle – Isaac’s Tea Trail – Harbut Lodge – Alston/td>
Pub: Cumberland Hotel Telephone: 01434 381875