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A perfect spot for stargazing

Stonehaugh Sky Pavilion.

Stonehaugh Dark Skies Pavilion is an ideal spot to look at the stars.

Built in 2014, this circular pavilion provides shelter for stargazers and wildlife watchers. It is set in a wildflower meadow and has a planted green roof. It welcomes amateur astronomers and regularly hosts events.


Dark Sky Discovery LogoThis village (pronounced Stone-Hoff) was built in 1957 to house Forestry Commission workers. The neat rows of houses sit among beautiful trees and the crystal clear Warksburn at the edge of the forest. Renowned for dark, starry skies and tranquility, it’s the perfect spot for some stargazing.

Stonehaugh is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site perfect for viewing the dark skies over the Northumberland National Park.There are plenty of walking and cycling paths too.

What’s on offer

Community hall, toilets, picnic site, car parking.

Walk – Long Drop to Warksburn

You can explore the area by walking along the burn to Low Roses Bower. This old abandoned farmstead has an extraordinary stone outside loo. Known as the Long Drop, it perches on a gorge high over the burn. The mind boggles at being caught short in winter.

Wark Burn at Stonehaugh.

Wark Burn at Stonehaugh.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, travel along the A69 and A6097 to Stonehaugh.

  • A totem pole collection represents the forestry roots of the community.
  • Three carved totem poles were originally chainsaw-carved by two local forestry workers.
  • They were removed because they had rotted and replacement poles were again chainsaw-carved, replicas of the damaged ones, but treated wood has been used so hopefully they will last for many years.
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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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