Sevenoaks Circular Walk
This circular walk around the Kent town of Sevenoaks visits some of the highlights of the area. The route runs for a distance of about 10 miles, making use of the Greensand Way and other public footpaths to visit Ightham Mote and Knole Park.
The walk starts from the train station where you can pick up the Greensand Way and follow it south east into Knole Park. The grounds of the park are delightful with about 500 resident deer, ancient woodland, dry heathland, acid grassland and wood pasture. Knole house contains a world class collection of furniture and textiles from royal palaces and is also well worth exploring.
The route heads through the park to Carter's Hill and One Tree Hill before coming to Ightham Mote. The fine medieval moated manor house includes three way-marked walks taking you around the gardens and into the wider estate. The 14 acre gardens are a delight with an 18th-century cascade, orchard and an enclosed garden with a fountain. There's also pleasure grounds with a meandering stream, ornamental lake and specimen trees.
After exploring Ightham Mote the route heads west through Broadhoath Woods, Great Roger's Wood and Godden Green before returning to Knole Park through Godden Wood. The route then picks up the Greensand Way again to return you to the train station.
To extend your walking in the area try our other walk around Sevenoaks which visits the lovely Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and the pretty Chipstead Lake.
Sevenoaks Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sevenoaks Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sevenoaks Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sevenoaks Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head west and you can pick up the Knockholt Circular Walk and explore the North Downs around the elevated village. The route passes close to the attractive Chevening Hall and provides fine views over the area from the high points.
Just a couple of miles to the north east there's nearby Kemsing where you can explore the Kemsing Downs Nature Reserve. It's a lovely place for a walk with ancient woodland, bluebells, wildlife and more tremendous views from its elevated location. Near here there's Otford where you can visit the splendid Otford Mount viewpoint and the ruins of the 15th century Otford Palace.