Summer walks at Chartwell

There’s so much of the Chartwell estate that can be explored. Pick up a leaflet from our visitor centre and enjoy our estate walks, or download a trail below. You can even walk to neighbouring Emmetts Garden and Toys Hill to make a day of it.

Thriving wildlife

Our ranger team is on a mission to support Britain's wildlife. In recent years this work has included clearing small areas of the woods, such as the coppice clearings, to encourage fauna to visit.

By opening up the woodland, sunlight can warm up the undergrowth and encourage new wildflowers to grow.

Summer is a great time to see the wildlife attracted by these coppice clearings. Butterflies a plenty can be found; keep an eye out for the painted ladies and red admirals.

In recent months we've also seen a increase in the amount of buzzards flying around Chartwell, no doubt attracted by the new hunting ground that's been opened up for them. Bring along a pair of binoculars or a camera with a long lens and see how many you can spot.

Buzzard in flight
Buzzard in flight
Buzzard in flight
A misty view across the estate at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Weardale circular walk from Chartwell

This beautiful circular walk links Chartwell and Emmetts Garden; passing through the woodland areas of Toys Hill and Hosey Common, as well as the pretty hamlet of French Street.

View from the Octavia Hill well at Toys Hill, a National Trust property in Kent

Octavia Hill centenary trail west

Celebrate the life of Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, on this commemorative 6 mile trail through the countryside of Kent.