Welcome to Alston
Surrounded by the bleak hilltops of the Pennines, isolated Alston's main claim to fame is its elevation: at 305m above sea level it's thought to be the highest market town in England (despite no longer having a market). It's also famous among steam enthusiasts thanks to the South Tynedale Railway, which puffs and clatters through the hilly country between Alston and Lintley along a route that originally operated from 1852 to 1976.
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