A perfect spot for stargazing

This 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 tranquillity, 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.

The Long Drop

You can explore the area by walking along the burn to Low Roses Bower.

This old abandoned farmstead has an extraordinary stone outside toilet. Known as the Long Drop, it perches on a gorge high over the burn. The mind boggles at being caught short in winter.

Low Roses Bower cottage features the Long Drop

Star Dome

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.

Stonehaugh star pavillion

Getting there

By car

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