Located near the Derwent Reservoir, it provides excellent facilities for sailing and fishing. This village boasts a fine array of different retail outlets including: The Post Office, Blanchland Stores, Gallery Upstairs, The White Monk Tea Rooms, and Get Ahead Hats.
Blanchland as we see it was formed out of the mediaeval abbey by Lord Crewe the Bishop of Durham. The Lord Crewe Arms has a vast fireplace where 'General' Tom Forster hid during the 1715 Jacobite rising. The hotel is reputedly haunted by the ghost of his sister, Dorothy.
W. H. Auden stayed at the Lord Crewe Arms with Gabriel Carritt at Easter 1930, and later remarked that no place held sweeter memories. Blanchland may have been the model for the village in which was set the opening and closing scenes of Auden and Isherwood's play The Dog Beneath the Skin (1935).
With a population of 140, its unspoilt qualities make it a frequent setting for period films, set in the 18th century, such as those based on the novels of Catherine Cookson.