Become a park walk leader
One way you can help to support Knole is by volunteering to lead walks in the park. With 1,000 acres of parkland to explore, there is plenty of room for creativity. Walks can be tailored to suit the season, the ability and interests of a walking group, or areas of the leader’s expertise.
Walks usually happen when the house is open, from Tuesday to Sunday for most of the year. Unlike most other types of volunteering at Knole, walk volunteering continues even during the winter months. It’s an exciting time of year. Although the park is at its quietest, this is when the wildlife feels most alive.
Timings of walks are up to you, although they usually leave between 11am-2.30pm. They last as long as you and your visitors want them to. Longer distance walks can take groups to the heart of Sevenoaks or nearby National Trust properties.
Don’t worry if you can’t spare much time. You can help with a walk as often or as little as you like. Current volunteer walk leaders visit once a month, once a fortnight or weekly. It’s up to you.
Some park walk leaders have been exploring the park for years. Here are some words of experience from our veterans.
“Knole is a treasure chest and prising open the lid for visitors is great fun. You never know what wonders we will all see,” says Gordon, park walk leader and garden volunteer.
“I love walking through the beautiful park with a group of friendly and interested people, watching the season change and how it affects the plants, trees, insects and animals that live there,” says Gilly, park walk leader and room steward.
For more information, email our volunteering team, or call us on 01732 467162.