A view through the stone-pillared undercroft of a market building to a row of shops. Holiday in The Historic Town of Alston, Deep in the Rugged Cumbrian Countryside

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Alston claims to be the highest market town in England. The picturesque beauty of the area is a major draw for nature lovers, hikers, and photographers. Alston's cobbled streets, its beautiful square and historic buildings make this Cumbrian market town a fabulous place for self-catering holidays. Frequently used as a set for old-era TV dramas because of the quaint and preserved demeanour of the little town and surrounding inspiring countryside, perfect for long walks through the fabulous scenery. Trek through South Tyne Valley, search for lakes and waterfalls and keep an eye out for the wealth of incredible wildlife that roams the forests.

A white-rendered 2-tory, semidetached holiday cottage in Cumbbria overlooks a quiet lane.

Kings Cottage in the historic market town of Alston, Cumbria, makes the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage for couples planning a romantic holiday in the Pennines. This recently refurbished character cottage lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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View the rural Cumbrian landscape from a carriage on the South Tyndale Heritage Railway, England’s highest narrow gauge railway. Alternatively, stay in the car: the A686, which cuts through the town, is, according to the AA, one of England’s ‘Ten Great Drives’. Whatever terrain you prefer, the North Pennines can cater to your needs and offers a wide choice of places to stay, from pet to family-friendly self-catering homes.

Walkers will enjoy exploring Alston Moor, which is steeped in mining history. The Netherhead Mines Heritage Centre provides fascinating insights into the area’s industrial heritage.

The town has many quirky shops such as arts and crafts and plenty of enticing restaurants ready to cater to your hunger needs. From Chinese to traditional English food, Alston can be sure to deliver.