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 pop in to the Old Stables café for a hot drink to warm 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.

Summer view over weald of Kent from Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Weardale Walk From Emmetts Garden

This beautiful 5 mile circular walk links Emmetts Garden and Chartwell; passing through the woodland areas of Toys Hill and Hosey Common, as well as the pretty hamlet of French Street.

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.

Coppice Clearings

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.

Try A Longer Walk

Dog on a lead

Bring Your Dog To Emmetts Garden

Share a stroll around Emmetts Garden with your dog. Allowed in all corners of the estate, there’s no better place for them to spend a day.

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.

Enjoy a crisp winter view of the bough beech resevoir from Emmetts Garden
A view over the bough beech resevoir from Emmetts Garden
Enjoy a crisp winter view of the bough beech resevoir from Emmetts Garden
Where To Next?
Knole Park in Kent is beautiful at this time of year.

Kent 

From a parkland walk at Knole to a circular trail around the estate at Scotney, there's plenty of reason to get out and about this winter. Take a look at our winter walks in Kent.