Enjoy a circular river walk on this easy route in the pretty Northumberland village of Blanchland. It's a gem of place with picturesque cottages, set against a backdrop of deep woods and open moors. The village was largely built of stone from the remains of the 12th-century Abbey.
The walk follows a section of the River Derwent from Blanchland to Baybridge, with the option of returning through the countryside or on the opposite side of the river.
You can extend your walking around Blanchland by visiting Pow Hill Country Park and Derwent Reservoir. There's nice woodland trails here, great views across the water and lots of interesting flora and fauna.
The Weardale Way long distance trail passes right through the village. You could pick up the trail and follow it north to Slalely Forest and Hexham. Heading south takes you towards Rookhope and Stanhope.
Blanchland Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Blanchland Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Blanchland OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Blanchland Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Blanchland
- Pow Hill Country Park and Derwent Reservoir - This walk explores Pow Hill Country Park and the expansive Derwent Reservoir in County Durham
- Weardale Way - Follow the River Wear from the coast at Sunderland to Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the Pennines
- Slalely Forest - This large area of coniferous woodland is located a few miles south of Hexham