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.

With benches strategically located at each viewpoint, you could sit for hours and watch the world go by.

The handkerchief tree in winter with its hanging fruits
The handkerchief tree in winter at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent
The handkerchief tree in winter with its hanging fruits

For a shorter walk, just take a stroll around Emmetts Garden and its surrounding woodland. For those looking to blow off the cobwebs a bit more, why not take the Weardale Circular walk  to Chartwell, our National Trust neighbour and home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Looking for more of a challenge? Join onto one of our Octavia Hill walks either going East or West  and see where the paths will lead you.

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.

Emmetts Garden will close from 3 Jan - 10 Feb 2018, but you can always park at nearby Toys Hill, with it's own National Trust car park, or Ide Hill and enjoy one of our walks from there.

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

Weardale walk

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.

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.

Spot Bough Beech Reservoir from Emmetts Garden
A wintry view acros the Weald of Kent from Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent
Spot Bough Beech Reservoir from Emmetts Garden
Plan your visit
Dog at pub

Bringing 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.

The Old Stables refreshment point at Emmetts Garden

Eating at Emmetts Garden

Enjoy freshly baked scones in our Old Stables Tea-Room, or warm yourself up with some soup. The tea-room is just perfect for picking up a light refreshment after a walk around the estate.