Winter walks at Knole

Knole Park in Kent is beautiful at this time of year.

The wooded pathways and grassy expanses of Knole Park look particularly enchanting in the gentle mists and sparkling frosts of winter. With over 1,000 acres to explore, it is the perfect place to shake off the Christmas excess and get moving. Join a guided walk or follow one of our three way-marked paths and stride out into the parkland.

Knole’s open vistas, wooded copses and gently undulating paths make it the perfect place to reinvigorate after the excesses of Christmas. Wrap up warm and admire the far-reaching views over the parkland and surrounding countryside. It’s a great place for dog walking - but please keep your four-legged friends on a lead to avoid disturbing our resident deer.

You’re sure to spot our sika and fallow deer in their majestic full antlers and cosy winter coats. At this time of year there is not enough vegetation in the park to maintain our 450-strong herd - visit early morning and you may be lucky enough to see them lining up for their daily feed with Knole’s deer and park keeper.

Join a guided walk
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays, 2pm – 2.45pm

Our regular programme of guided park walks will continue over the winter, on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. As a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, Knole is a thriving habitat for a range of wildlife. Learn about the history of the ancient parkland, its wild deer and other natural inhabitants with our knowledgeable park walk team.

These walks are free and donations are gratefully received. Please meet outside the Visitor Centre. Suitable for families and dogs on leads are welcome. Please dress warmly and wear suitable footwear.

Set off on a frosty winter walk in Knole Park
With a variety of guided walks planned this winter, Knole Park in Kent is the perfect place to shake off the excesses of Christmas.
Set off on a frosty winter walk in Knole Park

Or follow the waymarked trails

if you prefer to stride out on your own, there are three waymarked trails in the park to discover. Follow the colour coded signs that start in front of the house. You can choose from the 5km Wheels Walk, which follows surfaced tracks and is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies; the 4.5km Woodland Ramble, which is well-suited to families; and the 5km Seven Oaks Walk, which follows the perimeter of the park with stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

If you have little explorers with you, there’s plenty to keep children active on the park’s trails. Build a den, climb over fallen trees or fly a kite as part of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.

Visitors are welcome in Knole Park year-round, however we ask that you do not feed or pet the deer. Dogs are also welcome in the park, although must be kept on leads at all times.

Knole Park is a great place for dog walkers
Knole Park is a great place for dog walkers.
Knole Park is a great place for dog walkers

Time for a brew?

After all that fresh air, surely it must be time to tuck into a tasty treat in the café. Knole's cosy Brewhouse Café is the perfect place to stop for a post-walk treat and is open all winter for snacks, hot lunches and afternoon teas. Who can resist a frothy coffee, bowl of warming vegetable curry, or a sweet slice of chocolate and hazelnut torte?

Before you head home to warm your aching feet, stroll through the historic courtyards to stop by Knole's bookshop, where you'll find a wonderful array of novels, guides, gifts and treats.

The showrooms are closed over the winter but the Gatehouse Tower, Conservation Studio, Brewhouse Café, shops, courtyards and parkland are open daily for you to explore and enjoy.