From the 18th century, coal mining was a key industry in the area.
Seams near the surface meant miners used drift mines dotted around the surrounding hills.
Just to the north of the village is the 12th century Thirlwall Castle, strengthened using stones from Hadrian’s Wall.
Still central now, the village was a real meeting of the ways before the A69 bypass was built in the 1980s.
This small village lies just outside the Northumberland National Park, down the road from Walltown. It’s a great place to stop on the Pennine Way.
What’s on offer
Tearooms, accommodation, pub, farmers market on second Sunday of each month, easy walks by the river at Thirlwall, public transport
Greenhead Tea Rooms
Run by owner Alison Kennedy. Open daily serving a range of delicious snacks and meals made on the premises.
It’s great for walkers who want to visit 12th century Thirlwall Castle nearby.
You can also walk part of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, which passes close by and head up to Walltown or Gilsland. For more, click here.
Car: From the A1, follow the A69 to the B630 in Northumberland, which is the turn-off for Greenhead.
Bus: The Hadrian’s Wall Bus takes you to Greenhead. Click here for more details.