Things to see and do
The attractive market town of Alston lies just six miles south in the valley. Alston retains a "victorian" feel about it main street and has featured in many film and TV location shoots.
Running from Alston, along the valley to within two miles (currentl) of the Kirkstyle Inn is the South Tynedale Railway. this is the country's highest narrow gauge steam railway and is ideal as a form of transport to enjoy lunch at the Kirkstyle.Visit www.strps.org.uk
Work has started to extend this railway to Slaggyford station and it is hoped trains will arrive there by summer 2016.
The area around the Kirkstyle is literally littered with foot and cycle paths. Some, such as the Pennine Way, South Tyne Trail and Coast to Coast cyle trail are of national or regional importance, others are traditional footpath rights of way. Either way ther's much excellent walking and cycling to take care of the calories, or work up an appetite!
Probably the most spectacular views of the river are to be had at Lambley Viaduct which is about two miles north of the pub and is well signposted.
Just a few miles further north are some of the best preserved sections of Hadrian's Wall along with Birdoswald roman fort and Lanercost Priory; which was largely constructed from stone taken from the wall!
Towards Penrith the main road crosses the Pennine peaks at Hartside Pass. At the top of which is a cafe and spectacular views of The Lake District, Eden Valley, the Solway Firth and Scottish Borders. From here you can understand why AA Magazine voted this road to be one of the best ten drives in the world.
Both Carlisle and Hexham are just 20 miles away and for the more adventurous Newcastle on Tyne with its famous Grey Street architecture and vibrant quayside is less than one hours drive.
One thing's for certain; holidaying near the Kirkstyle Inn you'll never be bored.