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The South Tynedale Railway is the North of England's highest narrow gauge railway winding northwards from its home at Alston in Cumbria for 3½ miles into Northumberland and the current terminus at Lintley Halt, following the route of the former Alston to Haltwhistle branch line which officially closed on 1st May 1976.
Alston Station is the start and end point for the majority of visitors who come to enjoy a return trip on the railway. Alston station provides a full range of facilities including the cafe, gift shop which includes the ticket office and toilets. Amongst the finest upland walking in England, the Pennine Way crosses the River South Tyne at Alston before running slightly to the west of the route of the South Tynedale Railway as far as Lintley where it crosses the access road to Lintley Halt before continuing north to Slaggyford and on towards Hadian's Wall and the Cheviots.
Later this year visitors will also be able to hire electric bikes from the station as part of the North Pennines Electric Bike Network.