Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Knole Park to Igtham Moat, Kent

We save this walk for Autumn when we forage for sweet chestnuts. A saunter around  Knole Park  a medieval deer park still with 400 deer descended from the herds Henry VIII hunted. Then a ridge walk with views across the Weald of Kent, there and back to Igtham Moat, a moated medieval manor house.

Around 6-7 miles. 

How to Get There 
Just over a one hour car journey. Through the Blackwall tunnel, down the A2 onto the M25, breaking off onto the A21 and into Sevenoaks. The entrance to Knole park is just after the high street. Pay at the gate and drive through the park to the car park just in front of Knole house. 

Knole House (National Trust) 

Tea and Cake
Knole Park has the usual National Trust cafe and if you choose to visit Igtham Moat at the other end, there's another one there of course.

The Walk 
The Ordnance survey explorer map 147 is the one you need. 

Although I've mapped one route, the beauty of Knole is winding your way as you wish. Just make your way up to the 'Chestnut Walk or on the map above, marked Greensand way. 

Knole Park 
Along 'Chestnut Walk', at a footpath 'cross roads', turn right along the footpath which will take you out of the park, across a road and then continue along the Greensand Way footpath  to Igtham Moat. At several points you are rewarded with views across the usually misted, wooded Weald of Kent with its oast houses and typical tiled Kent houses. 

The Weald of Kent 
After Igtham Moat, back along the ridge

Igtham Moat

Back into the park, we get off the tarmac paths and wander along grass paths around the far edge of the park, weaving our way through the golf course. 

You end up walking along the boundary wall, and come across this wonderful line of steps embedded in the wall. 

You'll shortly come across two houses on the other side of the wall, time to head left up the hill and wind your way down to the tarmac path which will take you back to the car park. 

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