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Knole deer park all-ability walk


The whole family can enjoy our all-ability walk exploring the wildlife of Kent’s only remaining deer park at Knole, which has remained substantially unchanged since medieval times. This walk has been produced with the permission of Lord Sackville.

Fallow Deer in Knole Park
Knole park is home to both Fallow and Sika deer Oliver Hitchen


Map route for Knole deer park all-ability walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Knole House front gate, grid ref: TQ542539


From the front gate of the house, facing out, turn left onto the drive. Don't stay on the drive, but follow the line of the wall, which becomes the garden wall after a short time. From the first corner of the wall you can see hundreds of ant hills in the valley. These are made by the yellow meadow ant; each hill is home to between 8,000 and 14,000 ants.

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The west front of Knole, Kent
Vita Sackville-West was born at Knole and Virginia Woolf set a novel here National Trust Images / Robert Morris


Follow the line of the garden wall to the next corner, where there's a black corner grille. Carry on ahead but bear also to the right, on a wide grassy path; this is a spur of the Greensand Way.


Go along this path until it meets a road. This is called Broad Walk; the reason is obvious when you turn right onto it and look ahead. Soon afterwards, turn left onto another smaller road. Follow it past woods, two branching roads on the right and some views towards the golf course on the left.

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Young deer test out their antlers
Young deer test out their antlers Martin Haven


When you reach a road running across, turn right. This is Chestnut Walk, so named because of the sweet chestnut trees bordering it. This long walk was designed to be lined with tall, graceful trees. Unfortunately the sandy ground of Knole is rather unsuitable for this, and so the trees are of very different shapes and sizes. See if you can find a very wide, ancient oak pollard, which is considerably older than the Chestnut Walk. Walk along this path for some time until the landscape opens up and there is a junction with a similar road which joins from the right.


Turn right down this road; this is Broad Walk again. Continue until you arrive back at the Greensand Way and turn back towards the corner of the garden wall.

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Return to the front of the house by the way you came, or turn right and go around the walls in the other direction (slightly more difficult for wheelchairs). If you turn right, beware of golfers: you'll be passing very close to a green.


Knole House front gate, grid ref: TQ542539

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Knole deer park all-ability walk


A mixture of hard surfaces and concrete, with occasional stones and potholes. There are also short sections of short grass and bare earth. Paths climb and descend throughout the walk; gradients range from 1-in-7 to 1-in-20.

Dogs welcome on a lead.

Knole deer park all-ability walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01732 462100



Knole deer park all-ability walk

How to get here

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
By train

From Sevenoaks station, walk 1½ miles (2.4km) into town and reach the park via Webb’s Alley.

By road

M25 exit J5 onto A21. Park entrance in Sevenoaks town centre off A225 Tonbridge road, opposite St Nicholas’s church.

By foot

The Greensand Way passes near the front of the house. Alternatively, walk from Sevenoaks town centre along Webb’s Alley, following any of the pedestrian signposts marked ‘Knole Park’ on the high street.

By bus

Sevonoaks bus station; ¾ mile (1.2km), follow pedestrian signposts for Knole Park.

Knole deer park all-ability walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park, restaurant, shop and toilets at Knole House (only when open)
  • Guided park walks available most days during the open season
  • Dogs welcome on a lead