arts on high

suggested routes

 

Perhaps the best place to start is from Studio House, next to the Market Cross and Stokoe House Ceramics in Alston, where we have a showcase exhibition featuring the work of all participants. From there you can decide the best route for your own needs — by foot, by bike or by car.

However, if you're arriving on Alston Moor from one of the five routes in, you might like to start your tour before you reach Alston. See the right-hand column for some sugestions. Click on a number on the map below, or on the list of names, to find out more about individual artists/ makers.

South Tyne Valley (from Carlisle/ Brampton)
                                    (from Teesdale)

Watershed (from Hexham/ Haydon Bridge)
                      (from Penrith/ Eden Valley)

Pennine Circuit

map of arts trail
  1. Hugh Clark, Hallbankgate
  2. David Livesey, Slaggyford
  3. Julia Neubauer, Middle Bayles
  4. Rona & Sean Newsom, Gamblesby
  5. Ray Macro, Leadgate
  6. Lionel Playford, Garrigill
  7. Jules Cadie, Ashgill
  8. Sue Sharp, Alston
  9. Ted Thompson, Alston
  10. Joan Brightwell, Turk's Head, Alston
  11. Syl Macro, Stokoe House, Alston
  12. Alston Craftworkers, Studio House, Alston
  13. Alan Hayward, Gossipgate Gallery, Alston
  14. Sam Reed, Angel Inn, Alston
  15. Glynnis Carter, Alston
  16. Peter Lascelles, Pennines Pottery, Alston

South Tyne Valley (from Carlisle/ Brampton)
Coming from Brampton on the A689 (also known as the 'all-weather road' since the closure of the rail link to Haltwhistle in 1976), your first port-of-call would be Hugh Clark at Hallbankgate, by a very special wildlife reserve. From there, follow the road eastwards and southwards into the Tyne Valley, where it gives itself up to Northumberland for a few miles. Continue to Slaggyford and marvel at the stained glass of David Livesey. Not long after leaving Slaggyford, you cross Gilderdale Burn, back into Cumbria, and pass a sign welcoming you to Alston Moor. Join the A686 and cross the South Tyne into Alston, turning right up the cobbles to the Market Cross and Studio House.

After visiting the exhibitions and studios of Alston, continue out along the Nent valley (A689 again) to Skellgillside Workshops and visit 'Candle Ted' Thompson's candle factory. Then on to Whitewell Farm to Sue Sharp's pottery. Turn back towards Alston for 200m, turn left, pass Alston Natural Stone works, and fork left on to the B6277 towards Teesdale. You're now back in the S Tyne valley, on its eastern flanks, overlooking Garrgill.

Stay on the B6277, cross Ashgill Bridge and on to High Ashgill, to Jules Cadie's studio. Then return to Ashgill Bridge and either enjoy the view from the parapet or walk down to Ashgill Force. Keep on the B6277, past the sign for High Loaning Head, turn left at the crossroads down the steep hill towards Garrigill, and left again at the bottom. By Garrigill's village green, visit Lionel Playford's Rose House Gallery.

Continue towards the hamlet of Leadgate, this time on the western flank of the S Tyne. Just past the road signposted to Penrith, visit the pottery of Ray Macro. Then continue along the narrow road that brings you to the A686 Penrith - Alston road. Turn left (towards Penrith) for 500m, then right up the track to Middle Bayles and Juia Neubauer. From here, you can either return to Alston for another route, or return northwards to Brampton and Carlisle.


 

South Tyne Valley (from Teesdale)
Coming from Middleton-in-Teesdale, cross the border on the B6277 into Cumbria and pass the signs welcoming you to Alston Moor. The first building you come to on the left is High Ashgill, Jules Cadie's studio. After your visit, continue down the B6277 for 400m to Ashgill Bridge and either enjoy the view from the parapet or walk down to Ashgill Force. Keep on the B6277 for at least three miles, past Alston Golf Club, and fork right along a road past Alston Natural Stone works that links with the A698 Weardale/Durham road. Turn right again and continue for 200m and visit Whitewell Farm on the right, Sue Sharp's pottery. Turn back towards Alston, continue to Skellgillside Workshops on the left, and visit 'Candle Ted' Thompson's candle factory. Afterwards, continue to Alston, turning right down the cobbles to the Market Cross and Studio House.

After visiting the exhibitions and studios of Alston, continue down the cobbles, turning left at the bottom and then right after the bridge across the S Tyne towards Brampton and Carlisle. Continue to Slaggyford and marvel at the stained glass of David Livesey. Then continue on for sevral miles to Hugh Clark at Hallbankgate, by a very special wildlife reserve.

Return towards Alston, forking right onto the A686 towards Penrith for 500m, then right again up the track to Middle Bayles and Juia Neubauer. From here, turn left towards Alston for a short way, before turning sharp right towards Leadgate and Garrigill. Visit the pottery of Ray Macro on the right, and continue into Garrigill. As you come to the village green, visit Lionel Playford's Rose House Gallery on the left. From there, go over the Tyne bridge and return to Alston, or turn right immediately before Thortergill Forge, Chapel and Tearooms, up the steep bank, turning right at the crossroads on the B6277 towards Teesdale.


 

Watershed (from Hexham/ Haydon Bridge)
Follow the A686, once voted one of the world's most scenic drives, along the western flank of West Allendale, over the border into Cumbria and past the signs welcoming you to Alston Moor. Soon, on your left you will see signs for the Pennine Pottery, featuring the work of Peter Lascelles. From there, continue towards Alston. As you reach the speed restriction signs for Alston, turn left up the steep bank (Coatley Hill) and visit the studio of Glynnis Carter at Limeswood, a stone bungalow on the left near the top of the hill.

Continue into Alston, turning left up the cobbles to the Market Cross and Studio House.

After visiting the exhibitions and studios of Alston, continue down the cobbles, turning left at the bottom, back on to the A696 towards Penrith. 500m beyond the junction for Carlisle and Brampton, turn right up the track to Middle Bayles and Juia Neubauer. From here, turn left towards Alston for a short way, before turning sharp right towards Leadgate and Garrigill. Visit the pottery of Ray Macro on the right. From there, continue for a few metres towards Garrigill and turn right up towards Penrith and rejoin the A686, over Hartside and down into Eden Valley. Take the second turn to the right signposted Gamblesby and descend to the village and the crossroads signposted to Little Salkeld and Glassonby. To the right of the crossroads, the bridge over the beck leads to three properties of which the centre one, set behind a large beech tree, is The Nook; studio and exhibition space for Rona Newsom and her son, Sean Newsom.

Now retrace your steps to Alston, try another route, or return to Haydon Bridge/ Hexham.


 

Watershed (from Penrith/ Eden Valley)
Take the A686, once voted one of the world's most scenic drives, towards Alston. Go through Melmerby, past the Village Bakery, and bear left off the A686 to Gamblesby. In the centre of Gamblesby is a crossroads with a signpost to Little Salkeld and Glassonby. To the right at the crossroads, the bridge over the beck leads to three properties of which the centre one, set behind the large beech tree, is The Nook.  The studio for Rona Newsom and her son, Sean Newsom, is in the barn to the left of the house.

From there, follow signs up on to A686 Hartside Pass towards Alston. Over the summit, past the signs welcoming you to Alston Moor, the road snakes for a fwe miles before a long straight. At the end of the straigh,t take the small road to the right signposted to Garrigill. Once at the bottom, turn left. A little further on, turn left again to visit the pottery of Ray Macro. Then continue along the narrow road that brings you back to the A686 Penrith - Alston road. Turn left (towards Penrith) for 500m, then right up the track to Middle Bayles and Juia Neubauer.

After that, turn left, cross the South Tyne into Alston, turning right up the cobbles to the Market Cross and Studio House.

After visiting the exhibitions and studios of Alston, continue on the A686 towards Hexham and Haydon Bridge. Just before the speed deregulation sign turn right up Coatley Hill and visit Glynnis Carter's studio at Limeswood, the stone bungalow on the left, near the top of the hill. Continue to the top of the hill, turn left and then right to rejoin the A686 towards Hexham. Soon, on your right you will see signs for the Pennine Pottery, featuring the work of Peter Lascelles.

Now return to Alston or Eden Valley by the A686,or try another route.


 

Pennine Circuit
A unique feature of Alson Moor is that this is the only point at which the Pennine Way long distance footpath and the C2C cycle routes cross. So, a tour that combines different terrain, stunning scenery and quality art and craft, might just tempt a walker or cyclist. The more ambitious could attempt a visit to most venues. Others might like to make a more leisurely day of it, following our 10-mile 'Pennine Circuit' as marked on the map. A short detour from this would be well worth it, taking in Ashgill Force and High Ashgill.


Contact Us | ©2008 Ashgill Creatives

Hugh Clark David & Mary Livesy Julia Neubauer Rhona & Sean Newsom Ray Macro Lionel Playford Jules Cadie Sue Sharp Ted Thompson Joan Brightwell at The Turk's Head Syl Macro, Stokoe House Alston Craftworkers at Studio House Alan Hayward at Gossipgate Gallery Sam Reed at The Angel Inn Glynis Carter Peter Lascelles, The Pennine Pottery