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Hidden Redesdale

Star Cairns Redesdale lies within the ‘Northumberland International Dark Sky Park’ which was unveiled in December 2013 as England’s first and Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park. Our remote landscape has some of the darkest skies in Europe - awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy sights such as the milky way, meteorite showers and the Aurora. This is one of the few areas in Europe where the night sky has been unchanged for centuries, undisturbed by the light-emitting developments of the modern world. When...

The historic river crossing at Smoutel Ford was dredged out in the 1950s and the river bed has not recovered sufficiently to allow the present bridleway to be safely used. Slow recovery is evident to the bed morphology elsewhere and a number of embryonic riffle/rapids have appeared. The reach, however, remains largely devoid of sediment and would benefit significantly from sediment reintroduction and coarse riffle/rapid features. This project aims to reinstate a ford crossing over the River Rede to facilitate access along a public bridleway across the Rede Valley in order to promote public access in the area. The historical crossing...

This project aims to promote a series of walking and cycling routes around Redesdale predominately using the existing rights of way network for the benefit of local people, but also to establish Redesdale as a place to enjoy a range of good walks and cycle rides, which links fantastic cultural and natural heritage within a special landscape setting. Walking A series of circular walks around the main villages in the valley (12-15 routes in total) that will be designed to link into other projects being developed under Revitalising Redesdale such as the restoration of the Ridsdale Ironworks and the Mill and Whiskershiel...

The Pennine Way National Trail cuts across the western edge of Redesdale. There are a number of sections of the Pennine Way which are very boggy and wet underfoot. The 2.68 km section around Gibshiel and Padon Hill is in a particularly poor state, forcing many walkers to use a lower parallel route along a local road and forest track which means that they miss out on stunning views across Redesdale from both Padon Hill and Brownrigg Head. A second section north of Byrness is also being surveyed to establish the cost of improvements of the route through the forest to...