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Alston is a relatively remote, small market town located in Cumbria, northwest England. It is situated within the civil parish of Alston Moor, lying close to the conjuncture of the River Nent and the River South Tyne. The town is located 45 miles (72 km) west of Newcastle, 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Carlisle, and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Penrith. Historically part of Cumberland, Alston lies within the ‘North Pennines’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Much of the town centre also has the status of ‘Conservation Area’. In the 2011 UK Census, the population of Alston was recorded as being 1,105 while that of the whole Parish of Alston Moor was 2,088. Read the full guide to Alston
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