Blanchland - Bolt's Law - Hunstanworth - Blanchland

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Blanchland - Bolt's Law - Townfield - Hunstanworth - Baybridge - Blanchland

From the charming village of Blanchland the walk heads uphill, first on surfaced roads then across fields and open moorland, eventually to level out on the summit of Buckshott Fell, where it then gradually descends to intersect a main road. From the road the track follows a former lead mining track past old workings, including a well-preserved smelting chimney and reservoir. The route then heads across rough open moorland to the highest point of the walk to visit the cairn and trig point on Bolt's Law, from where there are great uninterrupted, panoramic views of the surrounding North Pennines.

From the cairn the route descends again through rough moorland terrain and fields to emerge into the small wooded valley of the Bolt's Burn, through an area showing evidence of its lead mining past. A minor metalled road then leads you through the charming old agricultural village of Hunstanworth before the walk arrives at the steep-sided Derwent Valley, just east of an area called Gibralter Banks where the River Derwent starts its life. A very steep ascent out of the valley follows, to intersect a farm track that leads to a pleasant walk through a farming hamlet and ends with a delightful riverside stroll back to Blanchland.

England - North England - Durham - North Pennines

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Pub, River, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
26/09/2016 - ruth day

08/09/2016 A good varied walk but needs the following updates. point 9, slab footbridge collapsed and posts not clear, 12,13,14 no clear route from Bolts Law in mist a compass bearing would be helpful. 15, derelict building has gone whats left is just a concrete pad.25, derelict chapel is now a house. Ruth Day

06/01/2013 - Henry Bryce

06/01/2013 - Beautiful day for a walk and even though we have had a lot of rain in the last few weeks the ground was quite dry. Beautiful views from Bolt's Law. Harry Bryce

08/08/2012 - Philip Scott

I walked this last week, great views of the local moors, no problems with navigation, very enjoyable.

05/06/2012 - mark pallister

We did this walk today and it was great, very varied, great views and the directions were spot on. Highly recommended.

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