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12. Blanchland
Set beside the river in a wooded section of the Derwent valley, Blanchland is an attractive small village in Northumberland.
Blanchland was formed out of the medieval Blanchland Abbey property by Nathaniel Crew, 3rd Baron Crew, the Bishop of Durham, 1674-1722. It is a conservation village, largely built of stone from the remains of the 12th century Abbey. It features picturesque houses, set against a backdrop of deep woods and open moors.
Derwent Reservoir is a key part of the water supply network. Derwent Reservoir also hosts a sailing club, which holds many events throughout the year, including windsurfing, sailing, running and triathlons.
The reservoir also has hydro electric plant installed.