A River Walk in Beautiful Blanchland
Blanchland is a small village surrounded by fells, nestled between Northumberland and County Durham in the North Pennies Area of Outstanding Beauty. Blanchland was built with stones from the ruins of the 12th century Blanchland Abbey. The village owes its name to the French canons who lived and worked in the Abbey, who were recognized by their white habits.
There is one particular walk we always love to do when we visit Blanchland. One that is also manageable for short legs with the benefit of a play area in the middle of the walk.
We arrived at the Baybridge picnic area, where there ar some picnic tables set in a safe peaceful woodland area – ideal for a spot of lunch.
After our picnic we left the car park area and crossed over the road to start our walk towards the play area. There is a lovely wooded path that takes you to the village and play ground with views across open fields.
After a short 10 minute walk you arrive at the play area where there is lots for children to do from rides on the zip wire, swings, see saw, climbing walls etc.
After a good play session, we persuaded our two children to leave the play area and continue our walk to the village, which is literally 2 minutes away, in search of an ice cream!! You first cross over a little bridge which has a stream running under it which flows into the river. This provided a good opportunity for a quick game of pooh sticks!
In the village centre, there is a lovely shop which is very busy at the weekend serving ice creams and has a great selection of all the old sweetie jar favourites. There is lots of room to sit outside and have your ice cream. There is also a lovely bar/restaurant called the Lord Crewe Arms Hotel just opposite the village shop. Unfortunately, this Grade 2 listed building is closed at the moment, but will hopefully re-open towards the end of this year.
We continued our walk back towards the playground for one last play and then took the riverside walk heading back to the car park.
The riverside path, is really enjoyable with lots to see from local wildlife to wild flowers.
Further down the path, there is a small pebbled shore where you can dabble your feet in the cool water or if you have a four legged friend, this is a great opportunity for them to cool down and have a splash about.
The children loved piling the rocks up to make a tower and I had the perfect opportunity to sit and relax and admire the beautiful scenery before we headed back to the car after a most enjoyable afternoon in the picturesque village of Blanchland.