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Wonderful walks, good fishing and plenty of opportunities for wild swimming in the locality. Fabulous bird life abounds, particularly moorland birds. One and a quarter miles to Lambley viaduct, eight miles to Haltwhistle, the 'centre of Britain', with a large leisure centre with heated outdoor pool in summer; seven miles to Alston, the highest market town in England, and the location for the BBC production of Oliver Twist. Also home to the South Tynedale Railway which runs steam trains for a great day out. 10 miles to Hadrian’s Wall. One mile to the nearest pub at Knarsdale. The nearest station is two miles away at Slaggyford, where there is also a children's playground.
The historic town of Hexham with its beautiful Hexham Abbey is half an hour away, and Newcastle & Gateshead, and Northumberland and its Coast, about an hour. The A686 from Alston over Hartside into the Eden Valley and the The Lake District is one of England’s most scenic drives.
The old railway line from Alston to Haltwhistle provides a wonderful level cycle track, apart from some steep steps around the magnificent Lambley viaduct. In the other direction the South Tynedale Railway extended the line to Slaggyford in 2017 and opened a new terminus there, which is an easy walk of only two miles from the Cottage. You can take a train from there to Alston, a lovely market town high in the Pennines.
We are ideally placed for a cycling holiday, suitable for young and old. The old railway line is only half a mile away and gives access to both along its 13½ mile route. The North Pennines are accessible with good routes and climbs on and off road. From Stonecrop you can cycle into Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland and even the Scottish Borders or the Lake District for the more adventurous.
Featherstone Castle, a few miles away, is one of our favourite haunts, with wonderful tree-filled grounds bordering the river, places to picnic, watch salmon leap, and an easy circular walk along both sides of the river.