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Rattenraw Open Day – Archaeology and Land Management for Water

Date :
September 10, 2022 10:30 am

End Date :
September 10, 2022 3:30 pm

Address :
Rattenraw Farm, Otterburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE19 1LH

Price :
Free - but booking required if you'd like to join one of the guided walks

A wonderful opportunity to join Revitalising Redesdale and farmers Dennis and Susan Salt at their Rattenraw farm near Otterburn to find out about all the environmental and archaeological projects they’ve been undertaking over the past 4 years through the Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Programme and see some of the Roman finds such as the above pictured glass beads which have been found on the farm through the Lost Redesdale project.

You can have a look at the Roman finds which archaeological excavations or ‘digs’ have uncovered over the last 2 years at Rattenraw Farm; watch a corn grinding demonstration using an historic ‘quern- stone’; have a go making an iron age pot; join a farmer led guided walk to learn about conservation work to manage the land for water and meadow creation or an archaeologist led walk to hear about the history and archaeology of the site.

Programme for the day

No need to book – Drop in any time to:

  • See the Roman finds on display from archaeology digs over the last 2 years at Rattenraw Farm
  • Watch a hand corn grinding demonstration
  • Have a go making your own iron age pot

Book to join a free guided walk:

  • 11am to 12.30pm with archaeologist Richard Carlton to hear about the digs and historic activity in the area 1.5 hours, 3/4 mile, strenuous
  • 1.30 – 3.30pm with farmer Dennis Salt to hear about his soil and flood management work and how he’s saved tonnes of soil from washing into the River Rede, hay meadow creation activities, 2 hours, 1.5 miles, strenuous
  • 1.30 to 3pm with archaeologist Richard Carlton to hear about the digs and historic activity in the area, 1.5 hours, 3/4 mile, strenuous

Members of the Redesdale Archaeology Group (RAG) will be undertaking a small excavation on the day, which will give you the opportunity to see a ‘live’ dig on site.

All walks start at the farm – What3Words location ///doubts.neutron.push.

Booking required for the guided walks – booking link to follow soon.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Working farm with stock – sorry NO dogs allowed.

Parking at the farm – may be on fields or you can walk in along the track to the farm from the A68 layby at What3Words location ///cheetahs.faces.bottle

Single, rough track road to the farm with gates, not suitable for low slung vehicles, approx 3/4 mile long.

Stout footwear or walking boots needed. Prepare for sun, wind and rain.

This event is kindly hosted by Susan and Dennis Salt.


Use our interactive DISCOVER map to explore the Rede Valley, facilities and places of interest to visit.


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