A vibrant community in beautiful surroundings

Tarset and Greystead is a large parish in the Upper North Tyne which includes the hamlets of Lanehead, Greenhaugh and Greystead.

A substantial part of the parish is situated within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. The village hall is one of our designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

The Pennine Way National Trail runs along Tarset’s northeast border with Redesdale.

Black Middens

A visit to Tarset wouldn’t be complete without seeing Black Middens; a ruined fortified farmhouse known as a bastle. It was attacked in 1583 by the notorious Armstrong family, well-known Border Reivers. For more information click here.

Black Middens Castle

Historic Village Atlas

“The Historic Village Atlas is an in depth study of the history of 17 villages and settlements across the National Park. Known as the least populated National Park in the UK with less than 2,000 residents, there are no large settlements within the National Park. However, this wasn’t always the case, and the villages and hamlets were much more heavily populated in the past than they are today.

The Historic Village Atlas project began in 2004 and was carried out by Newcastle based The Archaeological Practice. It drew on a combination of sources, including archaeological data, aerial photographs, historic building records, old and modern photographs, and original historic maps and documents. It aimed at stimulating community interest in history and archaeology and lead on to further local community-led projects.
Each volume has four main parts:

1. An introduction to historic villages, the methods used and the sources consulted in their study;
2. An analysis and historical summary of the village;
3. A map showing the archaeological sensitivity of each village, classified as of high or medium sensitivity;
4. Conclusions and opportunities for further research
5. A glossary of words and phrases used in the atlas and bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Click here to download the Tarset and Greenhaugh Historic Village Atlas.

Getting there

By car

Tarset is five miles north-west of Bellingham in the Upper North Tyne, Northumberland, England. The closest primary road is the A68.