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.

Poems in the Air

Greenhaugh is featured in our Poems in the Air app.

Poems in the Air is part of Northumberland National Park’s Sill Arts Programme. Acclaimed poet Simon Armitage was commissioned to write six new poems inspired by hidden gems in England’s most tranquil national park.

In doing this Simon spent time with national park rangers at their favourite places. Using the Poems in the Air app you can now follow in Simon’s footsteps.

To out more and to download the app visit – www.poemsintheair.co.uk

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.