Knole Park

Kent's last medieval deer park

Come and enjoy Knole Park this winter

Come and enjoy Knole Park this winter

Kent's last medieval deer park is home to 350-strong wild deer herd. They're descendants of those hunted by Henry VIII who roam the 1000 acres of parkland year-round. Knole's parkland is exceptional in its vast size and unmanaged landscape. Expect trees fallen and left to nature and bracken thick with protected wildlife.

During the winter, join us for short guided walks at 2pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. We'll usually walk in all weathers (apart from very high winds) but if the weather is exceptional, please do call 01732 462100 to avoid disappointment. Check our events page for details. Dogs on leads welcome.

Accessible walk

Come to Knole in the autumn to enjoy the changing colours of the parkland © Hannah Taylor

A flat route based on the deer park walk, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Deer park walk

Knole park is home to both Fallow and Sika deer © Jo Hatcher

Our deer park walk takes you around the open spaces in the south of the park.

Woodland walk

Knole has ancient trees and managed plantations, on an SSSI © Jonathan Sargant

This walk takes you through some of Knole's wooded areas and plantations.

Knole to Ightham walk

Signpost to One Tree Hill on the Knole to Ightham trail © Jonathan Sargant

Did you know you can visit two of England’s most important historic houses on a 4-mile, almost straight route? The Greensand Way links Knole and Ightham Mote via One Tree Hill, famous for its sweeping views over the Weald of Kent.

Join our weekly walkers

Weekly health walks take place at a number of National Trust properties © Walking for Health / Natural England

Every Thursday morning, join a group of local people on an hour's easy walk through the park.

Wooded winter rambles

Knoleâ¿¿s parkland full of places for children to enjoy all year-round

Knoleâ¿¿s parkland full of places for children to enjoy all year-round

If you'd like to discover a different area of Knole Park, try the South-West side which offers lovely wooded spots. It's great for a winter ramble as it's more sheltered from the wind and the rain.

The storm of 1987 left many fallen and damaged trees in our parkland, which have since merged into the landscape and look particularly atmospheric in foggy weather. In the valley pointing towards Weald Road is a pair of trees which used to be the tallest lime trees in Kent. A few years ago they blew down in opposite directions and are now probably the longest lime trees in Kent! You can walk between their huge root plates (though please don’t touch as they are a habitat for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of insects).

The South-West side of the park is also close to Sevenoaks town and to our car park making it convenient for an impromptu winter wander.

Activities in Knole Park

Enjoy a range of outdoor activities in Knole Park © National Trust

The vast expanse of Knole's parkland lends itself to a host of outdoor activities. It's a place for all ages and abilities and is very popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. Explore on your own with one of our downloadable trails on this page. Or check our events page for guided winter walks in the park.

If you're coming as a family, why not try and tick off some of your 50 Things.

More about the park

The deer

A buck at Knole tries to attract females by grunting © Jonathan Sargant

The herd at Knole is mostly made up of fallow and the Japanese sika deer. The fallows were introduced into Britain by the Romans, and hunted for sport. The sika deer were brought into parks during the 17th century, and to Knole in the 19th.

The park

Dewponds are a feature of ancient, non-landscaped parkland © Jonathan Sargant

The 15th-century deer park comprises ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture: the result of centuries of constant park management. Many features of the original wild forest, which once stretched across southern Britain, survive here.

The ice house

Descendents of the medieval herd, by the ice-house in the park at Knole © Jonathan Sargant

Before refrigerators, ice houses stored ice in the summertime. The one at Knole is at least 200 years old. People found that meat and other foods could be kept fresh by being packed in ice, especially when it is protected by walls insulated by the earth.

Special Scientific Interest

Descendents of the medieval herd, by the ice-house in the park at Knole © Barbara Taylor

Natural England designates certain areas as important for wildlife. Knole Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), mainly for its important deadwood invertebrates such as beetles and woodlice. 

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