Alternate parking when the Toys Hill carpark is full
Read our top suggestions for different places to park when the carpark at Toys Hill is full and how to make a full National Trust day of it.
Alternate parking options
In busy periods, the carpark at Toys Hill does fill up to maximum capacity early on in the day.
If we run out of room, there are a few nearby alternate parking options you can take, if you don't mind a bit of a walk.
Hosey Common Carpark
There is a free but small carpark located just outside Westerham on the B2026 at the top of Hosey Hill. Hosey Common carpark is a public carpark outside of National Trust care, parking here is at your own risk. Spaces are very limited but it's only then a 20-30 minute walk away from nearby Chartwell through the woods, with some sections of the walk on narrow country lanes.
Take a longer walk from nearby village Westerham, passing by Quebec House as you go. There is a public carpark less than 5 minutes away from Quebec House which has 3 hours free parking with a displayed ticket. This is a public carpark outside of National Trust care, parking here is at your own risk.
The walk to Chartwell is roughly 2 miles, taking about an hour to complete, and you could then head onto Mariner's Hill or even Emmetts Garden for an all day walk.
If you're looking for a larger carpark, why not take in Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill at the same time? Members can park and get access to the gardens and grounds of the estate for free, as well as using it as a base for a longer walk to Toys Hill - just head to the Visitor Centre on arrival and they can sort your free parking for you. Mondays to Fridays are especially quiet there to find a space, even without a booking.
If you are not a member, you are also more than welcome to go without booking Monday to Friday - parking is £4 which includes access to their café and toilets. If you'd like to also explore the Chartwell gardens and woodland other than the public footpath, you will need to pay the futher entrance fee.
Try starting one of our Octavia Hill walks at Chartwell, taking in Toys Hill as you go.
Combine a visit to Toys Hill with a trip to nearby property Emmetts Garden. The carpark is free but all non-members will have to pay the standard admittence to view the garden itself.
Our circular Weardale walk shows the route between Emmetts Garden and Chartwell, taking about 3 hours to complete the 5 mile circular walk in full.
Please remember to respect the countryside code and other visitors to the area.
We ask everyone to leave the countryside as they found it, taking all litter with you and using the provided dog bin as needed.