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A stag standing in grassy parkland, with trees and the house at Knole in the background
A stag in the parkland at Knole, Kent, in autumn | © National Trust Images/Jo Hatcher
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Ightham Mote circular walk to Knole

Follow this circular walk from Ightham Mote through the Kentish countryside , along the Greensand Way, passing through areas of outstanding natural beauty to Knole Park, before returning to Ightham Mote via the Duchess Walk, Godden Green and Broadhoath Wood.

Time at Knole

The timing includes a 30-minute stop at Knole.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Ightham Mote visitor reception, grid ref: TQ584535

Step 1

Walk past the Mote Café, down the slope and turn right onto the Bridleway. Walk past the house and turn right onto Mote Road. After about 20 metres, turn left into the entrance of Mote Farm (look for the yellow Greensand Way arrow). Walk past the farmyard and bear right. Follow this path, ignoring tracks to the left and right, stopping occasionally to take in the views across the Weald. Proceed past Wilmot Cottage and an old brick-built filter house to steps on the right. At the top of the steps, turn left and continue past another footpath on your right and through a kissing gate. Follow this path to another kissing gate at Rooks Hill.

Step 2

Turn left down the lane for a few metres, then turn right, back onto footpath SR148 (no longer the Greensand Way). Follow through the woods, passing stables and kennels at White Rock Farm where you will join a vehicle track, then onto a road (the Seal to Underriver road).

Step 3

Cross the road, keeping a lookout for traffic, and enter Shepherds Mead Drive. After 20 metres, turn right onto a footpath (now the Greensand Way) and follow the path until it narrows, where you meet a bridleway junction. Turn right here, then in a few metres, turn left up an incline and cross a stile into a horse-training field. Follow straight ahead, then turn right to follow the tree line. Shortly, you’ll see an opening and a stile on your left, by a hump in the field. Cross the stile and follow the path through the wood to a road. Cross the road and enter Knole Park through the gate in front of you. Follow the path over a crossway and continue straight ahead on a surfaced track until you reach another broad crossway. Turn right here, then after 10 metres turn left to follow a grass path (marked as the Greensand Way). You will see the walled garden and house in front of you.

Step 4

Continue ahead, walking parallel to the garden wall (on your right). Turn right at its end and pass the main entrance to Knole House onto the Duchess Walk. Turn right downhill and then almost immediately left. Keeping a stone wall on your right for a few metres, continue along this track, ignoring a crossing road. The path will eventually bend to the right as you reach the golf course. Cross the golf course and follow the track uphill through the bracken. This takes you to the north gate and exit from the park. Pass through the kissing gate and follow the track ahead, ignoring a path to the right. Shortly, the track forks. Take the wider right-hand fork, pass a house and cross a driveway. Go through a gate, then walk past the stables and through another gate until you reach the road at Godden Green.

The front of Knole, with many gables and several tall chimneys, with a tall bare-branched tree growing in the foreground
Knole, where Vita Sackville-West was born, and where Virginia Woolf set one of her novels | © National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Step 5

Turn right here, where you’ll see the Bucks Head. Continue along the road for 100 metres and take the track uphill to the left (signed to Cygnet Hospital) past the White House. Bear left past the Cygnet Hospital, ignoring a track to the left and paths to the right. Go past a house at the crest of a rise, then down a steep incline. Follow the path, which will eventually take you uphill, past another house and on to a road. Cross this road and continue ahead on footpath SR128, keeping a fence on your right. The path leads into a field; go straight ahead across the field and through a gate onto a road with a forked junction. Cross the junction and walk southeast along a metalled track with orchards on both sides. Ignore paths to either side.

Step 6

When the orchards end, continue down the bridleway into Broadhoath Wood and down, turning left to join another track by a pond and gate. Continue with the stream on your right, past the Hopper Huts to Mote Road. Cross the road and walk up the footpath at the north end of the Ightham Mote garden, up a few steps to the entrance driveway to Ightham Mote. Turn right to enter the car park and complete the walk.  

End point

Ightham Mote visitor reception, grid ref: TQ584535

Trail map

Ightham Mote to Knole circular walk map
Ightham Mote to Knole circular walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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