Redesdale is a remote upland area of west Northumberland. Our project area covers the entire Rede catchment from where the river Rede rises at Carter Bar on the English-Scottish border to its confluence with the North Tyne. This is frontier land and a key strategic corridor across the Cheviots, and the current route of the A68.
Redesdale has been shaped by centuries of conflict from Roman times to the Anglo-Scottish Border Wars of the 13th to 16th century. Whilst unification between Scotland and England in 1603 brought peace to much of the United Kingdom, Redesdale was besieged by the Border Reivers where allegiance was to family or clan, rather than country or crown. More recently the Ministry of Defence have used part of Redesdale for military training, and the Otterburn Ranges is now one of the most important training areas in the UK.
Redesdale has been shaped by centuries of conflict from Roman times to the Anglo-Scottish Border Wars of the 13th to 16th century.