We’ve been out and about in the North East with our Luxe Q30 motor. Here’s our latest road trip:

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This is such a sweet spot. Steeped in history and really, something of a hidden gem. It’s like a place lost in time, completely unspoilt, and calm. Blanchland is built with stones from the remains of the 12th century Blanchland Abbey. The village owes its name to the French canons who lived and worked in the Abbey, distinguished by their white habits. Surrounded by magnificent fells, Blanchland straddles the Northumberland and Durham border in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Blanchland is a great destination for a drive – the approaching countryside is as lovely as it gets.

Eat at:

Lord Crewe Arms has given the area an injection or cool in recent years, taking the old pub and hotel and giving it a welcoming cosy hint of rustic chic with lots of plaid, throws and sink-in sofas.

Food is superb here – try great Sunday sharing platters of meat.

Taste this:

Beamish Hall Micro Brewery  – You’ll need a designated driver to make the most of The Stables, Micro Brewery at Beamish Hall. They make eight premium quality real ales which are served straight from keg to pump, and distributed to suppliers in the local area. Micro-brewery tours are available.

Strolled to:

Derwent Reservoir is a great stretch of water – walk round, play on it or catch some fish from it.

Parked up at:

Make a sarnie-and-coffee stop and park up with a great view at a couple of viewing areas on the A6306. The road connects Blanchland and Edmunbyers and offers up lovely views of the water.

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