Winter walks in Kent

National Trust rangers in Kent have pulled together their top trails to blow away the festive cobwebs. Throw on some wellies for an invigorating woodland walk around Emmetts Garden, or take in the frosty countryside around Ightham Mote. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as robins and snowy squirrels on an estate walk around Scotney Castle. Every step you take helps us keep pathways clear for years to come.

The parkland in the winter sun

Scotney parkland trail 

Take an outsiders view of the medieval ruin from the parkland trail, which loops around the estate. In winter, stark views open up across the moat and up towards the house, giving a different view of the historic landscape. Wrap up warm and turn right into bare-branched Kilndown Wood, where squirrels scuttle between the majestic trees and red berries add a splash of festive red. Pop into the cafe afterwards for a warming hot chocolate.

Looking at the West face of the house with frosted foliage on the wall in front

Ightham Mote's circular walk to Knole 

Get two for the price of one on this circular walk, taking in a 600-year-old manor and historic family seat in Kent. Start out at Ightham Mote, then follow our trail through areas of outstanding natural beauty to Knole Park, before returning to Ightham Mote via the Duchess Walk, Godden Green and Broadhoath Wood. There are some stunning views along the way, framed by frosty bare branches.

The south garden in sunshine at Emmetts Garden

Emmetts Garden 

Enjoy a brisk winter walk in the woodland surrounding Emmetts. Choose from short strolls, to longer hikes over to neighbouring Chartwell. You’ll be walking in the heart of the Kent countryside, steeped in history. Leave time to pause and take in wintry views across the Weald.

Setting off for a walk in Knole Park

Knole self-guided trails 

Discover three different walks in Knole's 1,000 acre deer park this winter. A woodland ramble suited to families, a walk around the edges of the park to spot the famous seven oaks, and a wheelchair and pushchair friendly tour of the park's highlights await.

A crisp winter morning overlooking the orchard at Chartwell

Walk the Chartwell estate 

Start out exploring the 800 acres of farm and woodland at Chartwell before venturing further afield on one of our winter walks. Families will love the forty-five minute walk to discover our natural play area, whilst those out for a longer hike can go out into the Weald to Toys Hill or Mariners Hill.

Walking through the Sissinghurst estate

Sissinghurst Castle estate walk 

Discover the winter highlights of the 450-acre wider estate. Nestled in the heart of the Weald, this landscape inspired the creation of a world-class garden and the prolific writing of Vita Sackville-West.