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A haven for fine hay meadows


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Bastles and burns aplenty

Greenhaugh in Northumberland National Park by Simon Fraser.

A wintry scene of Greenhaugh. Photo by Simon Fraser.

The nearby Bronze Age cairns of the Devil’s Lapful and Deadman’s Cairn show how this area has long been populated.

Greenhaugh itself is first recorded in 1326 as a shieling.

The valley was subjected to many raids by Border Reivers, leading to defensive bastles being built.

In later years, the village grew.

The Holly Bush Inn first shows up on Ordnance Survey maps in the 1860s, as well as a smithy.


This village of stone-built houses lies to the north west of Bellingham in the upper reaches of North Tynedale.

The lovely stream of Greenhaugh Burn runs to the south of the village. To the east are the vast moorlands of Hareshaw Common and Troughend Common. Some of the National Park’s finest hay meadows are around Greenhaugh. Take the footpath from Greenhaugh to see Greenhaugh Meadow and Boughthill Mill, either side of Tarset Burn.


What’s on offer

Pub serving meals and accommodation. Walks. Stargazing.


Dark Sky Discovery LogoDark Skies discovery site

Greenhaugh is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. It’s uniquely dark skies mean it’s the perfect place to. indulge in some stargazing. Find out more by reading out Stargazing section.

Greenhaugh Village is recommended before 10pm
Nearest pub: The Hollybush Inn (50m)


Black Middens Bastle inTarsetdaleBastles and burns walks

Fortified farmhouses known as bastles were built in the 16th and 17th centuries to protect people against raiders from both England and Scotland.

The Tarset Archive Group have written three fantastic trail walks taking in some fine examples, all setting off from Greenhaugh.

Download the Tarset Bastle Trail


Upper Coquetdale haymeadows and Hollybush walk

This beautiful remote place is justly famous for its ancient haymeadows, best seen in summer, and its ancient and delightful pub the Hollybush Inn. Greenhaugh Burn flows south of the village and there are many more picturesque burns in the area.

Upper Coquetdale walk guide: The community has written seven scenic walks around the Greenhaugh village from 2-8 miles long. You can buy them at National Park visitor centres.

The sounds you can hear on this page were recorded and edited by Geoff Sample ( Geoff, who lives in Northumberland, has been recording wildlife sounds for 22 years and specialises in bird song. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Tweet of the Day’.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A69 and then A68 through Bellingham to Greenhaugh.

  • Watch our video about the life of a hay meadow in Northumberland National Park.

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

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