area of outstanding beauty
Blanchland is truly unique - a picture-perfect historic village, created in the 18th century from the ruins of a medieval monastery and used as a location for many period films and TV dramas. Visitors today can have afternoon tea in the former Victorian school or have a drink in the medieval cellar bar, or monastic cloister garden. Blanchland is set in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The soft Derwent Valley and the majestic surrounding moorland fells are places where you can explore, wonder, refresh and relax. It feels a world away from the everyday but is just 40 minutes drive from the bustling cities of Newcastle and Durham. Blanchland is the home to a caring community, a mix of longstanding and more recent residents, who keep the spirit of Blanchland alive and make it fantastic place to live today. No wonder Blanchland has been called a Jewel of the North Pennines.
As soon as you walk through the door, you know that Blanchland Abbey has had a turbulent and unusual history, as its layout is unexpected. This is because, uniquely, the present building was created in the 18th century from the ruins of the medieval Premonstratensian monastic church.
A unique place of worship