Winter walks at Emmetts Garden
Grab your winter coat, pull on your boots and enjoy the fresh, crisp air on a walk at Emmetts Garden. Don't forget to head up to the Old Stables café for a hot drink to takeaway - perfect for warming your fingers.
The views from the garden alone are well worth making a visit for. The lack of leaves on the trees means more and more viewpoints open up over winter, creating better vistas across the Weald of Kent and beyond.
From the entrance you'll walk through the meadow where the rolling landscape leads your eye up to Ide Hill village on the other side. The church with its towering spire can easily be spotted from here.
Next take a wander through the south garden, full of exotic and rare trees and shrubs from all across the globe. The handkerchief tree, full of white drooping bracts in spring, is transformed into a beautifully eerie silhouette, with countless fruit hanging from its branches.
As you make your way into the woodland you'll stumble across more of our outstanding views. Emmetts Garden sits on one of the highest points in the Weald of Kent, making it the perfect place to pull up a chair and enjoy the view.
With benches strategically located at each viewpoint, you could sit for hours and watch the world go by.
Wherever you go you'll be walking in the heart of the Kent countryside steeped in history with fascinating landmarks to see along the way.
As you walk between Emmetts Garden and Chartwell, keep an eye out for the coppice clearings created by our ranger teams recently.
Without the coverage from the trees, the sun can now reach the undergrowth, encouraging new wildflowers and shrubs to grow. Usually carried out during late winter when the plants are dormant and so not to disturb the nesting birds, keep checking back to see how the undergrowth evolves over the summer too.
Coppicing is an ancient way of managing woodland. It may seem counterproductive but by cutting the trees down, it encourages new shoots to form from the stumps. It’s a great way of quickly producing sustainable timber.
Bough Beech Reservoir
Emmetts Garden is well known for its fantastic views. On a clear winters day you can see for miles across the Weald of Kent. Wondering what the water is in the distance? That's Bough Beech Reservoir, a wildlife reserve bursting with bustling nature.