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A spot of tea and a 12th century castle


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Tearooms, farmers market and 12th century castle

Thirlwall Castle.

The spectacular ruins of Thirlwall Castle near Greenhead.

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

Walk: Thirlwall Castle from Greenhead.

Download the Thirlwall Castle Leaflet

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.

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A pretty street and pub in Greenhead. Photo by Roger Clegg.

Getting There

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.

  • Thirlwall Castle is a 12th-century castle on the bank of the River Tipalt close to Greenhead and approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Hexham.
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