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Home of ancient battles and flourishing wildlife


Redesdale in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

Redesdale. Photo by David Taylor.

Redesdale is in the very heart of the National Park. Nicknamed Wild Redesdale, birds and animals thrive on Otterburn Ranges and Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve and Catcleugh Reservoir. Explore the area’s ancient capital, Elsdon, or head back into history with the Roman ruins in High Rochester. It’s so peaceful now, it’s hard to believe that Scottish and English troops fought it out in Otterburn. Wherever you go, you’re sure to find a warm welcome and some tasty local food.

Did you know?

The valley was not always so peaceful. The violence was so bad that in 1498, the Bishop of Durham told the clergy of Redesdale to excommunicate anyone who left home in a steel jacket or other defensive armour, unless they were fighting the Scots. He said no one should wear any weapon more than 18 inches long in a churchyard.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.