A short walk from the road junction at Alston’s War Memorial, in a field to the east of the Pennine Way, is the site of Alston’s timber motte and bailey castle. 

It was strategically placed on a high knoll overlooking and dominating the confluence of the Rivers South Tyne and Nent, with a ford in the river. 

Although the condition of the ground must have been secure when the castle was built, probably in the 12th century, half or more of it has been eroded away as the river changed course towards the west. 

The remaining half is in danger of collapsing into the Tyne.

Alastair will tell the very little that is known - and what he has guessed - of the story of Alston Castle. 

(Please note that there is no public access, the visit is by arrangement with the farmer.)

Please Note: The walk is about a mile in length. Walking boots recommended. Bring dowsing rods if you have them, some will be available.