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|The White Hart and Knole Park|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 02 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from the White Hart in Sevenoaks, Kent. The White Hart is a beautiful old coaching inn which has been serving the needs of travellers for more than 300 years. The walking route follows a circuit around the adjacent Knole Park, a 400 year old deer park. The beautiful landscaped grounds make for easy walking with great views and plenty to see including wildlife, veteran trees and long ancient avenues. |
The walk has a few gentle gradients throughout and the paths are a mixture of tarmac drives/pavements plus grassy rides within the park, which tend to be pretty firm all year round. There are two kissing gates and no stiles. There is one short section of road walking so take care of any traffic at this point. Dogs are welcome in Knole Park but must be kept on a lead as the park is home to a large herd of fallow deer. Allow 1.5 hours (plus extra time to visit Knole House if you wish. Note: entrance fees apply for the house and formal gardens and dogs are not allowed in this part).
Seveoaks is located in Kent, a few miles south east of the point where the M25 and M26 meet. The walk starts and finishes from the White Hart on the main A225 Tonbridge Road, just south of the town. The pub is on the right-hand side of the road if you are travelling south. The pub has its own large car park alongside. Approximate post code TN13 1SG.
|Start to Knole House|
Start point: 51.255 lat, 0.199 long
Turn left out of the pub car park and follow the pavement alongside Tonbridge Road, passing a bus stop on the left. After a little distance the pavement ends and you must cross over to join the pavement on the opposite side – do this with extreme care, listening for traffic on this bend. Continue along the pavement with tall wire fencing on your right.
|Knole House to Chestnut Walk|
Start point: 51.2665 lat, 0.2046 long
You may visit Knole House and the formal gardens should you wish. (Note: entrance fees apply and dogs are not allowed.) The house is one of the largest country houses in England. The National Trust, the current owners, believes at one point it may have been a Calendar House, built with architectural features in the exact numbers to reflect the calendar. At this point in time the house had 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards. In 2008 Knole House was used as one of the sets for the filming of The Other Boleyn Girl.
|Chestnut Walk to End|
Start point: 51.2574 lat, 0.2174 long
Turn right along Chestnut Walk. Each side you’ll see beautiful rows of old Sweet Chestnut trees, the origin of the walk’s name. Knole Park extends to more than 1,000 acres and is Kent’s last medieval deer park. It is home to a herd of more than 500 fallow deer, direct descendents of the deer hunted by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. In 1967, the park was used in the filming of the Beatles video that accompanied the release of Penny Lane.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 05 Sep 2013
You get this view as you walk around the wall of the house. Wonderful looking house and gardens.
|Image by: Heinzy |
Uploaded: 17 Apr 2016
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