SouthTyne Trail, South Tyne River, shallow river bed with rocks, trees on either side

South Tyne Trail

22 miles Easy

This path follows the South Tyne River. It starts near Garrigill in Cumbria and finishes at Haltwhistle in Northumberland. It passes through Alston, the highest market town in England. From Alston the path follows the narrow-gauge railway operated by the South Tyndale Railway, before crossing the spectacular Lambley Viaduct.

As you would expect, the South Tyne Trail follows the South Tyne from its Source in the North Pennine Hills to where it joins the River Tyne at Haltwhistle. The terrain is relatively easy, with the highest point on the moors near the Source. For much of its length, the Path is more-or-less flat and follows both the river itself and the former railway line (part of which is now a heritage line for steam trains). The Path is well signposted.



  • Day 1   The Source to Alston – 9 miles
  • Day 2   Alston to Haltwhistle – 13 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from South to North, but if you would prefer to go from North to South then this can be easily arranged. The Northern end of the walk is near the train stations in Haltwhistle. The Southern end is a bit more remote but is accessible by taxi from Alston.


The price for a holiday walking the South Tyne Trail is from £295 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the South Tyne Trail on a self-guided basis over 2 days
  • 3 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the path
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £390. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is moderate. For much of its length, the path is relatively level. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Waymarking: The route is well signposted with the South Tyne Trail symbol.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path.
  • Refreshments: Apart from Alston, you are unlikely to find any places to stop for refreshments en route.

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