Blanchland - circular walk 1 ( Shildon - Pennypie House - Birkdale Fell - Cote House Farm) - Northumberland
Blanchland 1

Location OS Landranger sheet 87 Start point NY 964504 Length 5 Miles

How to get there From A68 south of Corbridge take B6306 west through Edmonbyers (Sharp right in the village take your time) continue about 4 miles on to car park in Blanchland village

A circular walk up onto the moors. Views down into the River Allen valley.

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See also Blanchland 2 (the walks can be conjoined)

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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE IS

A BAN ON WALKING DOGS ON SOME STRETCHES OF THE WALK

IN THE INTERESTS OF BIRD NESTING PROTECTION

Start:- Turn right from the car park, cross the road and then take the first lane, left. Follow the waysign immediately left again.

Take the path and follow it uphill, turning left before the cottages
The path is steep here, but is the only steep stretch of the whole walk.
The path joins a grassy track going left.

At the highest part of the track a footpath turns up through the bracken to a gate.

Through the gate follow the fence left, down along the side of the field and on the grassy track to a metal gate. Beyond this gate the path leads past a shed and cottage gardens to another gate.

This is Shildon. Take the roadway down toward the old Iron Mine and take a right following the road up the hill towards Pennypie House.

Take the gate left at the Pennypie House corner.

Beyond the gate take the road going right, to the next corner a few hundred yards on, to where a direction sign points left over Bulbeck Common to Burntshield Haugh.

Take this path.

The path crosses the common to a ladder stile. Take the track left, on the other side of the wall.
As the track comes over the brow of Burntshieldhaugh Fell there are excellent views down and across the valley of the River Allen.

Go through a gate in the wall and follow the track south. This track is a stretch of the ancient "Carrier's Way"

The Carrier's Way
Two views north-west from the Carrier's Way
Take the path going left at the waymarker and follow it across Birkside Fell to a wooden gate.

Before the gate, down to the left on the fell is a superb sheepfold, accessible over a stile. A detour is recommended

Following the track beyond the gate will bring you to another gate and on again to a stone enclosure.

Pass around the enclosure and take the road downhill to a stile leading back to Blanchland.
The path leads to a gate. Follow the road to the right, down through Cote House Farm
Follow the road down and turn right back to the car park in Blanchland.
Some Pictures of Blanchland see more on Blanchland 2 walk
For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way

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