Walking

Walking trail

Knole 3-mile woodland walk

Walking trail

Experience the contrasts of Knole’s deer park on a gentle walk that leads you through woodland and across open grassland. This walk has been produced with the permission of Lord Sackville.

Deer wander through Knole Park outside the West Front entrance of Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent

Map

Map route for Knole 3-mile woodland walk

Start:

Knole house front entrance gate, grid ref: TQ532543

1

Starting at the front gate of the house, facing outwards, turn left and walk to the end of the wall. Turn left and follow the sandy path between the wall and a line of trees on your right.

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2

Before the last tree but one on the right, which leans steeply, take the path ahead and to the right. Follow this path as it leads you towards a fallen tree (though it may be masked by bracken in summer). Walk along the path towards the stump of the tree, and onwards to a gate set into a fence. Go through the gate.

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3

Follow the path through a wooded plantation. Look out for ... the plantations (points 3 and 4): growing new trees in a deer park is a difficult business, even when the soil is better than the poor acid greensand of Knole. This path is long and goes through areas planted in many different ways. Once you have reached the end of the plantation and passed through the exit gate, continue ahead until you are able to go down the slope to your right into the valley. Turn right and walk along the floor of the valley.

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4

When the barrier of trees to the left recedes, you will see a path going to the left and uphill. Take this path, going as straight as possible up the hill. Continue until you reach a junction by a fence; take the left-hand path, which leads you into a long wide avenue of birch trees. Walk the length of it. Look out for ... Birch Avenue (point 4): silver birch is a common ‘pioneer’ species of tree, meaning that it is often the first type of tree to grow in a particular area, preparing the way for other species to come in. These young, slender trees are very different to the long-established ones you will have passed to enter the avenue.

5

Pass between the tall pine trees at the end of the avenue and go down the hill into the little valley; turn right and walk to the end, where you join the main valley again. Turn left and walk on, crossing the road when you reach it.

6

Continue until you reach another raised path running across in front of you, with a kissing gate on the left. Turn up the path to the right and up a steep hill, which may be slippery after rain. Go straight over the road and continue up the path to the top of the hill. Walk down the other side of the hill and through the car park back to the front of the house.

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End:

Knole house front entrance gate, grid ref: TQ532543

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Knole 3-mile woodland walk

Terrain

This is an easy-going route over woodland paths and grassland with one fairly steep section near the end, which can be slippery after wet weather. Dogs are always welcome on leads.

Knole 3-mile woodland walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01732 462100
Knole 3-mile woodland walk

How to get here

Address
Knole house entrance gate
By train

There are regular services to Sevenoaks station from London and the south coast. From the station walk into town and reach the park via Webb’s Alley - see 'By Foot' (1½ miles).

By road

Take the M25 exit J5 onto the A21. The park's entrance is in Sevenoaks town centre off A225 Tonbridge road, opposite St Nicholas’ church.

By foot

The Greensand Way passes near the front of the house. Alternatively, walk from the centre of Sevenoaks along Webb’s Alley, following any of the pedestrian signposts marked ‘Knole Park’ on the high street.

Knole 3-mile woodland walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets (when property is open)