Touring with your vehicle

Test page for tours using a vehicle as the main form of transport.

We recognise that some people do not wish to cycle or walk for miles and have designed several routes that you might like to consider for exploring the Land of Oak & Iron. Each route includes links to short walks where you can discover the some of the key sites.

Winlaton Mill – Blanchland

Starting at Winlaton Mill travelling to Blanchland and back by a different route. Click here for map (opens in new window).

Our first stop is in Ebchester for a short walk taking in the St. Ebba’s Church, Vindoroma (site of a Roman fort), the village mills and the boathouse. From here you can return to your vehicle or take the opportunity for a walk through Ebchester woods.

Next we will travel to Blanchland, passing Kiln Pit Hill and the Derwent Reservoir. In Blanchland there is a short walk that visits Baybridge Picnic area before returning to the village along a riverside path. There is an option to extend the walk slightly and pass the site of the 12th century Abbey.

If you are feeling energetic there is also a walk which starts at Baybridge Picnic area. This leads you along the north side of the valley before dropping down to the start of River Derwent at Gibraltar Rock. The return route is on the south side of the valley, via the village of Hunstanworth, and returns to the picnic area.