Blanchland Day Walk

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Aug 17
2019

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£10.00
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14 miles with some steep climbs and uneven soggy moorland

This walk starts in Blanchland — a village just inside Northumberland, which was built largely from the remains of a 12th-century abbey.

The hike heads out along the River Derwent for a while before heading upward to Allenshields and Buckshott Moor.

The chimney for the lead smelt mill flue that the route has been following, comes into view along with Sikehead Dams. The dams were built for the water management system of the Sikehead lead mine.

It's then upwards before dropping down to the village of Rookhope where we'll likely stop for lunch. After lunch, it's upward again along Bolt's Law Incline Track, which was apparently the UK's highest standard gauge railway. At the top, there's the remains of the site of the Bolt's Law Standing Engine, which hauled the railway trucks with a cable. 

The walk then continues to Dead Friar's Bank before dropping back down into Blanchland from Buckshott Fell. 

Depending on what time we finish, there'll be the opportunity to visit a pub or tea room.

Jeffrey Smelt Mill Chimney
Sikehead Dam
Blanchland From County Durham side
Blanchland Village
Jeffrey Smelt Mill Chimney
site of Bolts Law Standing Engine
site of Bolts Law Standing Engine
Blanchland industry
Jeffrey Smelt Mill Chimney
Sikehead Dam
Blanchland From County Durham side
Blanchland Village
Jeffrey Smelt Mill Chimney
site of Bolts Law Standing Engine
site of Bolts Law Standing Engine
Blanchland industry

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