Blanchland - circular walk 2 ( Cote House Farm - Birkside fell - Carriers way - Newbiggin - Baybridge) - Northumberland
Blanchland 2

Location OS Landranger sheet 87 Start point NY 96450

Length 11Km - 7 Miles (5.5 miles shortened route)

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 Devil's Water valley.

Blanchland is a beautiful village attracting many visitors. You will see very few of them on your walk. Pictures of the village at the end of the walk.

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Start:- Turn left from the car park, go up the road and then take the lane first left. The gate-post has a sign for Cote House Farm.

Follow the road up through the farm buildings and continue up the lane to turn left through the wooden gate at the top

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THERE IS A BAN ON WALKING DOGS ON SOME STRETCHES OF THE WALK

IN THE INTERESTS OF BIRD NESTING PROTECTION

Follow the path along the side of the fields to a stile. Over the stile take the road up to the right and continue up at a Y junction. this will lead you up to a water treatment station.

Follow round the grounds of the station to the left and take the path across the Fell.

Looking north to Pennypie House >>
Follow the track through a couple of gates, I only found one way marker but in good weather it is easy to follow, and it will bring you to the Carrier's Way. Take this track left. The CW is quite easy to follow.
There were a few of these "Scarecrows" on the fell when I was there. this one was looking over to Long Lee on the other side of the Stobbylee Burn >>>
Confusing signs regarding permission for dogs leading me to label the walk not suitable for dogs
A look back down the valley of the Devil's Water
The Carrier's way will bring you to a gate and a path up to a bothy at Blackburn Head used to accommodate shooting parties during the season. (12 August to 10th December)
The walk can now take two routes.

1. Continue on the Carrier's Way. From above the bothy take the track right and after a few hundred yards take the fork left.

2. Continue straight up the hill past the grouse shooting stands follow the light coloured track over and down Newbiggin Fell to join the Beldon Shields track at NY 934 497 this will shorten the walk by approx 2.5Km

End of the short route

Follow the carriers way across Hope Fell and you will see a wood ahead and to the left. The Carriers way continues S West. Head for the right hand end of the wood.
Follow the side of this wood (Beldon End Plantation) along to the left, there is a wide track through the grass. The track leads down and to the right, following the side of the wood, this could be a bit muddy if the weather has been particularly wet. It leads down to a track which is almost certainly an old road as there are milestones marked R 1 M and R 2 M passed at the side of this road when you take it left towards Newbiggin Hall.

The "R" on the Milestone would seem to stand for Riddlehamhope

The walk follows this track through a few gates along to Newbiggin.

The "short route" joins this walk towards the end of the long straight as it passes the conifer wood.

Left at the junction in the farmyard leads down the road to Baybridge passing Newbiggin Cottage and on the left a deconsecrated church.

At the junction the road is the B6306, turn right and with care cross the road to take the marked footpath along the Northumberland bank of the Beldon Burn.

The riverside path takes you into Blanchland, turn left up through the village back to the car park

Some pictures of the village see Blanchland 1 walk for others
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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