News Item: blanchland
(Category: Misc)
Posted by Blanchland
Thursday 05 January 2017 - 18:34:28

Set beside the river in a wooded section of the upper Derwent valley, Blanchland is one of most attractive small villages in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lying beneath magnificent fells, it is a conservation village built of stone from the remains of the 12th century Abbey. There is a special atmosphere and the village is steeped in history. It flourished during the 19th century lead mining bonanza and industrial archaeology abounds nearby.

The village has many listed buildings clustering around the remains of the Abbey Church. Blanchland is the centrepiece of an estate owned by a charitable trust, The Lord Crewe Charity. There is ample car parking with an honesty box, all proceeds used to support charitable activities in the village.

There are a number of local walk leaflets courtesy of the North Pennines AONB and an innovation this year is a 20km long route designed for horse-riders and cyclists alike - based on the 18th Century packhorse trails, once used to transport lead and other goods to far-off towns.

Guides are being produced - one tailored for horse-riders and the other for cyclists and will come in the form of a folder with removable, weather-proof route cards and an accompanying protective wallet. Together with all aspects of the route, the guides will contain information on the area, livery and cycle hire, helping to make your trip more enjoyable.

For the less energetic sailing and fishing are available nearby. There are places of refreshment and relaxation, a children's playground, a picnic area and riverside walk with Access for All, and space to just sit and stare or read some of the booklets telling the story of Blanchland, Abbey, Village and Community.

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