Bulbeck Common


Start and Finish

Blanchland, just off the B6306. The car-park situated at the end of the village, grid reference NY 964505.


A walk of approximately 7-8 miles, mainly over moorland with outstanding views in all directions and also woodland too. Leading out over Blanchland Moor, into Slaley Forest for a short while and then returning via Bulbeck Common.

The Walk

Leave the car-park and turn left, heading up the road towards Shildon.

At the corner of the track leading to the small hamlet, there is a stile over a fence. Cross the stile and turn immediately left, up some steps which are under some pine trees. Follow the waymarked path across the field diagonally right. Cross the ladder stile in the corner of the field and turn left, the path following the wall. Continue along this path, crossing patches of boggy ground with care, eventually reaching another stile.

Cross this stile and go diagonally right across the field, behind Pennypie House, to reach another ladder stile in the wall. Go over this, be careful of the pond on the other side, and turn left to reach a bridleway.
Turn right and follow the bridleway, with extensive views from the North East to the South West. Go through the gate and continue down the bridleway. Just before it enters the plantation which is Slaley Forest, a path leads off to the left via a waymarked sign. Take this and follow it for a short while as it skirts the left side of the forest leading to a gate.
Go over this and follow the woodland path left for a short distance until it reaches a split in the track. Go left along this.

Split Track

Ignore the right turn which you will soon pass and shortly a fork in the track. Follow this path to a gate, go through this and continue ahead, taking the left fork when the track splits. This path is called 'The Carriers Way'.
There is a triangulation pillar over to the left, Warlaw Pike, with a height of 403m above seal level.


Follow the path as it crosses Bulbeck Common, admiring views to the West and behind you to the North, ignoring any deviations to the left or right.


Go through two gates and proceed a little further until the path forks. The left fork is a newly created path which you will take as it crosses Birkside Fell. The path looks a bit vague at first but is easy to follow and made all the more so by waymarked signs too!
Cross the stile and proceed to where the path meets two gates, take the left and follow the line of the wall, again going through a gate. Follow the wall around to the right to another gate which leads you off the fell onto a road which leads down to Baybridge.
Proceed down into the hamlet and turn right along the road, past the picnic site and turn left onto a public footpath just before crossing the bridge. Follow the path along the boards and by the River Derwent, crossing the pairs of ladder stiles until Blanchland village green is reached, proceed over a small footbridge to reach the road, turn left and walk the short distance back to the car-park