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Sunday 19th. August Walk in Blanchland

posted 5 Aug 2012, 00:17 by jenny rookes
Dear Green Mountaineers, by popular request we are repeating this lovely walk and will hope that the heather will be a wonderful as it was last year.
This is an easy and enjoyable walk from the picturesque village of Blanchland, up and out onto the open Pennine moors, along a section of an old carriers' way and then descending back to Blanchland. The walk passes the tiny hamlet of Shildon, which is near the remains of a lead mine and smelt mill. It then continues to Pennypie House, which once sold pies for a penny as the name suggests (this was a pre-decimal penny). The route then crosses open moorland until it reaches the old carriers' track which was used by pack-horse trains carrying smelted lead to the Tyne Valley. Although the carriers worked in the 18th Century the path may be much older, even prehistoric. You leave the Carriers' Way by a shooting hut, then descend back into the valley of the Derwent, passing the lodge for the shooting parties and returning to Blanchland. This is a picturesque village once owned by the Crewe family and before that was the site of a Premonstratensian abbey. They were also known as White Canons due to the colour of their habits. The bar of the Lord Crew Arms was once the private chapel of the bishop.

The walk is approximately 5.5 miles long, over clear,good tracks and ends at the picture postcard village of Blanchland where  we can eat icecreams by the river  or explore those parts of the old Abbey buildings now turned into a very welcoming pub and tea shop! The views over the heather moor are quite lovely but the climb up to the highest level is easy and not long. Even so, please come prepared for wet weather and rough tracks - good boots, waterproofs, hat, gloves and picnic!
The walk can be extended to 9.5 miles to take in more of the beautiful heather moorland.  Some of the walk is over access land where dogs will have to be kept on a lead and there may be stiles.
There is plenty of parking in Blanchland village which is close to the Derwent Reservoir and approximately 35 minutes drive from Throssel. Meet at the main car park 10.15 as usual - hope to see you there