This peaceful hamlet west of Morpeth is the birthplace of one of Britain’s most celebrated landscape architects, Capability Brown.
Brown’s visionary landscape designs have earned him the nickname the ‘Shakespeare of Gardening’. Born in 1716 at Kirkharle, Brown worked here as a gardener’s boy, before going on to become a leading light in heritage landscape design.
A serpentine lake inspired by him is Kirkharle’s newest feature. Stroll around the shoreline among trees and shrubs visualised by Capability Brown himself.
Visit Kirkharle Courtyard for a shopping experience with a different. Set in a restored historic farm courtyard, there’s an eclectic collection of arts and crafts shops and studios to browse, from furniture makers to naturally produced skin care ranges and a café too.
Take an easy stroll from the Courtyard to the Grade I listed St Wilfrid’s Church with its striking masonry. Look out for the individual mason’s marks etched in stones within its chancel.