03 Mar Walking and Cycling in Redesdale
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.
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 Burn, and the new interpretation at Otterburn battlefield site. These routes will be well signed, and where required footpath infrastructure will be replaced to make the paths accessible for more users (replace stiles with wicket gates), and localised drainage problems on some routes will be addressed. A number of these routes will be existing promoted routes that would benefit from additional investment to improve their accessibility.
- Promotion of St Cuthbert’s Trail linking the three churches of St Cuthbert (Elsdon, Corsenside and Bellingham) which follows the river Rede for a significant section of the route.
- The promoted routes will be available on walking apps and on the Revitalising Redesdale website (the route maps and instructions can be downloaded as a pdf). It may also be possible to develop a series of leaflets linked to local history and wildlife of the area, as part of a celebration towards the end of the project.
- Improved signage to the Pennine Cycleway route 68 ( Bellingham- Elsdon and- Alwinton) which runs partly in parallel to the Sandstone Way (in partnership with Northumberland Cycle group)
- Improve signage to Circular tour of the Southern Cheviots from Bellingham (Bellingham-Greenhaugh- Redesdale Forest-Chew Green – Alwinton- Hepple -Elsdon- West Woodburn-Bellingham) (in partnership with Northumberland Cycle group).