Arrive: Belsay Hall and Gardens (Belsay village)
Here’s why: Belsay is the perfect place to discover how architecture and garden design developed across several centuries. The Hall has all the elegance and symmetry of a Greek temple and was designed in 1807 by Sir Charles Monck on return from his two year long European honeymoon. The Hall’s unusual Quarry Garden was also carefully planned by him to produce a feeling of drama and excitement and it still does.
Depart: Belsay Hall and Gardens
Here’s how: A696 (n) – B6342 (direction Hexham) – Kirkharle Courtyard
Arrive: Kirkharle Courtyard
Here’s why: Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716- 1783) was born at Kirkharle and educated at nearby Cambo village school. Responsible for transforming the landscapes and gardens of 18th century England, he earned his unusual nickname after discussions with his clients on whether or not their landscape had “capabilities” of being transformed. Enjoy lunch at the café or treat yourself to a local craft whilst discovering more about Mr Brown and his achievements.
Depart: Kirkharle Courtyard
Here’s how: B6342 (direction Rothbury) –at A696 junction continue on B6342 - Wallington House and Gardens
Arrive: Wallington House and Gardens
Here’s why: Fabulous house with all the trimmings and elegance of the 18th century including fine furniture, paintings and china, and a truly lovely English walled garden to simply fall in love with. Miss it and regret it.
Depart: Wallington House and Gardens
Here’s how: B6342 (n) – Cambo – continue on B6342 (n) – in approx. 1 mile look for signs leading right to Herterton House Gardens.
Arrive: Herterton House Gardens
Here’s why: Because at Herterton you get five gardens in one acre. The creation of two people over the last two decades, Herterton is the result of a labour of love.
Depart: Herterton House Gardens
Here’s how: Return to B6342(direction Wallington) – take right turn to Knowesgate (narrow road) – join A696(s) - Belsay
Arrive: Belsay village
With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in North East England. Explore the grand medieval castle, later extended to include a magnificent Jacobean mansion and don’t miss the stunning views from the top of the tower.
Come to Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard and enjoy a truly unique shopping experience of art & craft workshops, gifts, vintage & antiques. All set at the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, arguably Britain’s most famous landscape architect, who was responsible for many of our beautiful parklands.
Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland.