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The Ironworks at Ridsdale offers views over Redesdale

Corsenside is at the centre of Redesdale in Northumberland. It lies along a stretch of the River Rede where the river has cut a deep valley through the moorland of the county. The parish is made up of many isolated farms and dwellings and the communities of West, Middle and East Woodburn and the village of Ridsdale. The Woodburns lie in the deep valley of the Rede whilst above the valley you will find Ridsdale, a village with a long mining and industrial heritage.



On the main road in the centre of West Woodburn you will find the Village Shop and Post Office. Opening times are generally 8am until 1pm Monday to Saturday, although the last collection time may vary. Telephone: 01434 270062. 


The Bay Horse Inn serves the needs of locals and visitors in West Woodburn, while up the hill in Ridsdale the community run pub, The Gun, is also very popular. 

Corsenside Parish Hall

Conveniently situated in the heart of West Woodburn readily accessible from the A68 this hall is available to hire for functions, meetings and events. They have their own website here, or for bookings call 01434 270062. 

Corsenside Parish Council

Corsenside Parish Council (CPC) has up to seven councillors and is served by a part-time clerk. We meet monthly, except for August, usually on the first Monday. Notification and minutes of meetings are posted on the parish notice boards and website. Our meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. We consider a wide range of topics that affect the local community.  We are also consulted by Northumberland County Council on all local planning applications.

The Corsenside Parish Council website can be found here: Corsenside Parish Council | About Us (

Corsenside Parish Show

Corsenside Parish Show is held on the village green in West Woodburn on the third Saturday of September. The show has been running for almost 180 years and brings members of the community together for a fun day out. With something for all ages there are competitive classes for fruit, veg, flowers, baking, needlework, photography… and more. There’s also the annual quoits competition, and attractions such as a bouncy castle, climbing wall, hot food van, ice creams, tea and cakes, children’s activities, etc. The sale of produce at the end of the show is a great chance to take home some of the wonderful produce and there’s always fierce bidding for the chocolate cakes!  

A small committee of dedicated volunteers, with support from members of the local community, not only organise the show itself, but also a series of fundraising events which take place throughout the year.  Committee members are appointed at the AGM, which takes place in early March.  For details of the AGM, fundraising events and show day, watch out for posts on Clarion and Nextdoor, and posters in the Parish noticeboards. Alternatively, contact the show committee Secretary Maureen Johnson at 

Climbing wall image courtesy of Neil Denham.


School Field

There was good news for the local community in December 2022 when the former school field was acquired by the Parish Council enabling it to remain open to the public. With new football goal posts installed it is hoped that the field, between the village green and play area, will be enjoyed long into the future.