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Redesdale Forest, Byrness and Blakehopeburnhaugh

Welcome to the landing page for our Redesdale Forest, Byrness and Blakehopeburnhaugh interpretation board. Read on to discover more about this industrial environment, its fascinating history, and how you can explore the Byrness area…

Walking in Redesdale: the Byrness and Upper Redesdale Cluster
Get inspired by a cluster of walks in the Redesdale Forest, Byrness and Upper Redesdale area, made possible by our Walk and Cycle project and download walk pdfs here.

Travelling Tales: Exploring Kielder Forest Drive
This leaflet is your guide to the Kielder Forest Drive and the stunning scenery visible from ‘The Nick’, a unique pentagonal shelter designed and built by a team of students from Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, who recorded the process in their entertaining blog.

Thomas Sharp’s Forestry Villages: Kielder, Byrness and Stonehaugh
Discover the story of Kielder, Byrness and Stonehaugh with John Pendlebury, Professor of Urban Conservation at Newcastle University.

The Work and Life of Thomas Sharp (1901-1978) project
Find out more about Thomas Sharp, architect of Byrness village and a key figure in town planning in the mid-twentieth century, with this fascinating project by Newcastle University and Special Collections.

Forestry Memories Image Library
Visit the Forestry Memories Image Library for historic images of forestry in Scotland and northern England. The library was created by the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History, Scottish Forestry, and the Scottish Forestry Trust.

Find out more about other places to visit in Redesdale through the landing pages for the interpretation panels along the valley.

For information about self guided walks in the area see our walks page with downloadable pdfs of 18 walk routes.

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


Revitalising Redesdale Partners are delivering a range of projects to “inspire and enable us all to care for Redesdale."

What's On

There are many events covering a wide range of topics and activities, find out what's on in Redesdale over the next few months.

Walking around Redesdale

We have created a series of 6 self-guided walk leaflets to help you to explore some of the footpaths and bridleways around the area.