Discover the best things to see and do in Northumberland and Durham

Things To Do

Explore the North East

Set in the beautiful village of Blanchland, on the southernmost tip of Northumberland, bordering County Durham beneath the fells of the Pennine moors; we're perfectly located for those seeking a break in the North East. Walk the moors, ramble upon Roman ruins, discover mystical castles or venture further afield to the dramatic and stunning Northumberland coast.

Hadrian’s Wall

Any Northumberian adventure goes hand in hand with a visit to the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall. Stretching across the north of England, Hadrian’s Wall offers vivid landscapes, startling solitude and a rare insight into Roman life 1600 years after it was left. Our closest spots include Vindolanda and Chester’s Roman fort.

High Force Waterfall

We definitely recommend making the trip to the High Force Waterfall at the Forest-in-Teesdale, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the North Pennines, the breathtaking 21 meter drop is a must-see, and perfectly photogenic.

Villages & Towns

Dotted across our county is a wealth of picturesque towns and villages and pretty. Head down the road to Corbridge, lined with quaint tea rooms, honey-coloured cottages and quirky shops or the nearby town of Hexham, a market town steeped in history with picturesque parks, stunning architecture and an Anglo-Saxon abbey.

Pow Hill

Just up the hill and around the corner lies Pow Hill, a beautiful country park which is one of just five designated Dark Sky discovery sites in the Northern Pennines. The perfect location for astronomers or couples seeking star-filled skies, the large uninterrupted views of the northern sky are truly spectacular.

Derwent Reservoir

Just three miles from our home, nestled in the heart of our valley, is the beautiful Derwent Reservoir, perfect for a spot of fishing, sailing, windsurfing or even paddle boarding. On the north shore of the reservoir you'll find Derwent Sailing Club, offering fantastic facilities that will make your expedition even more enjoyable.

Kielder Forest

Head North and explore England’s largest forest and the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. It's a haven for cyclists, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts alike and is also recognised as having some of the best dark skies in the country.

Ancient Britain Tours

Join Kev Robson from Ancient Britain for a guided walking tour to explore the hidden gems and iconic sites of beautiful Northumberland. Learn about the rise and fall of one of Rome’s most famous constructions at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. With romantic moorland, sweeping coastlines and historic villages, you will be captivated.

Guided Nature Walks

Enjoy a nature walk and chat with Pippa Scott-Harden, our nature loving local and font of all flora and fauna knowledge in this area of the North Pennines. For £20 per person, spend some time taking in the beauty of Blanchland and its surroundings. Ask questions, enjoy the fresh air, and have fun exploring with Pippa...

Alexander Adventures

Enjoy some active relaxation with our friends from Alexander Adventures who have a passion for outdoor activities from paddle boarding to canoeing....fresh air and exploration in the beautiful North East.

Plotting North?

Spoil yourself, that special someone or the whole motley crew, to a heavenly adventure in the moors.