Discover the best things to see and do in Blanchland, Northumberland
Perfectly perched in the beautiful village of Blanchland, on the southernmost tip of Northumberland beneath the fells of the Pennine moors; ours is the perfect spot for a country junkie and a lover of a view. Walk the moors, cast a line, set sail, cycle through the scenery or venture further afield and ramble upon Roman ruins and discover mystical castles.
Surrounded by rolling hills and rural landscape, Northumberland is a gem for cyclists. Challenge yourself to an uphill climb, descend into sweeping country lanes, or free wheel along the flats of the coastline. We’ve even put together a Crewe peloton – including bikes, Garmins, tools, wash down facilities and a safe lock up to store them in.
Northumberland and the North Pennines are famed for their rich array of walks and lucky for us we fall within both. With open countryside, rolling hills, rugged coastline, and a wealth of varied footpaths and bridleways connecting all, we are the perfect place for a riverside ramble, or a more challenging long distance trail.
Tucked away at the bottom of the garden is our very own stretch of the River Derwent. Pick up a 'bait box' from the kitchen, grab a rug and pop down to the riverbank for a little quiet time. If you’re seeking a bigger challenge, we are just a stone’s throw away from Derwent Reservoir.
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, Corbridge Roman town and Chester’s Roman fort.
Just three miles from our home, nestled in the heart of our valley, is the beautiful Derwent Reservoir, perfect for a spot of sailing or windsurfing. On the north shore of the reservoir you'll find Derwent Sailing Club, offering fantastic facilities that will make your expedition even more enjoyable.
Villages & Towns
Dotted across our gorgeous county is a wealth of picturesque villages and pretty towns. Head down the road and discover Corbridge, lined with quaint tea rooms, honey-coloured cottages and quirky shops. The nearby village of Allendale is bursting with personality and has twice been crowned ‘Village of the Year for All England’.
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.
High Force Waterfall
We definitely recommend making the 30 mile drive to see 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.
Crowned Britain’s ‘Best Shooting Pub’ by the Countryside Alliance in 2015, we offer a prime spot amongst some of Britain’s most exhilarating and fruitful grouse moors. We are all set to shoot with a gun room, boot room, drying room and a chef who has a bit of a thing for game.