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Slaggyford is located in Northumberland
Slaggyford shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NY675525
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARLISLE
Postcode district CA8
Dialling code 01434
Police Northumbria
Fire Northumberland
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
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54°51′58″N 2°30′29″W / 54.866°N 2.508°W / 54.866; -2.508Coordinates: 54°51′58″N 2°30′29″W / 54.866°N 2.508°W / 54.866; -2.508

Slaggyford is a village in Northumberland, England about 5 miles (8 km) north of Alston, Cumbria.

In the past, Slaggyford had a higher population than Alston, with its own market square. However, as lead mining increased around Alston, many residents moved to become miners and the population of Slaggyford declined.

It is set in South Tyne valley (often called the Tyne Gap). Hadrian's Wall lies to the north of the Tyne Gap. The South Tyne Valley falls within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - the second largest of the 40 AONBs in England and Wales. Slaggyford takes its name from the Old English for ‘muddy, dirty ford’, which may originate from quickly moving river water stirring up the river bed at the bottom of a short steep hill, as the river drops from 1,000 feet (305 m) to 700 feet (213 m) from Alston to Slaggyford.

The Pennine Way runs through the village on its way northwards from Alston to Greenhead.

The Maiden Way Roman road passes through Slaggyford, with the A689 road following the line of the Roman road for a few hundred yards on the way south out of the village.[1].


Slaggyford is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.


Slaggyford was served by a railway station on the Alston Line from Haltwhistle to Alston. The line opened in 1852 and closed in 1976.

Since 1983, a 2-foot (0.61 m) narrow gauge railway has been opened on part of the original track bed. It is called the South Tynedale Railway and currently runs for 5 miles (8 km) from Alston to the old station at Slaggyford and includes crossing three viaducts up the South Tyne Valley and over the River South Tyne.

Construction of the section of track from Lintley to Slaggyford was completed in July 2017 [2].

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