A haven for fine haymeadows

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.

History of Greenhaugh

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.

The Haymeadow Story

The story of a haymeadow in Northumberland National Park.

Getting there

By car

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