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Walking & Parking

Q: Can I walk at Knepp?
A: We have 16 miles of public footpaths accessible for everyone 365 days a year, 24/7, for no charge throughout the rewilding project. Please see https://knepp.co.uk/visit-knepp/walks-at-knepp/ for our downloadable map, parking & facilities, and important information about bringing dogs and the terrain you might experience.

Q: Where can I park?
A: We ask all visitors wanting to use the public footpaths to park at our Walkers Car Park next to the Wilding Kitchen & Shop. https://knepp.co.uk/parking-and-facilities/  Please do not park on the road verges of our village lanes or in private driveways. This damages our beautiful wildflower verges and causes huge headaches for traffic in the village.

Q: Do I have to pay to park?
A: We do not charge for parking but suggest a donation of £5 payable in cash in our donation box or via debit card in the shop. Contactless payment points are coming soon. Any amount you give is welcome. It goes towards paying the costs of footpath maintenance.

Q: What time is your car park open from/to?
A: 7am – 7pm. On evenings when the Wilding Kitchen restaurant is open or we are holding events, the car park will close later.

Q: Do you have car charging points at Knepp?
A: We have four fast car charging points at our Walkers Car Park, next to the Wilding Kitchen & Shop. https://knepp.co.uk/findus/

Q: Do you have coach parking?
A: We don’t have coach parking space unless by prior arrangement as part of a safari or tour.

Q: Can I stay in my campervan?
A: Sorry – we don’t permit campervan stays in our Walkers Car Park or on our campsite.

Q: Are the footpaths accessible for wheelchairs?
A: A map of the hard track parts of the footpaths that are suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters is available here

Q: Do you have mobility scooters/ electric wheelchairs for hire?
A: Sorry, we don’t.

Q: Can I travel to Knepp by bus?
A: Our local transport system is woefully inadequate, but you can find details of buses and nearest train stations etc here: Find Us – Knepp

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times, and that means not straying from footpaths. Knepp is a nature recovery area. Please be sure before entering that your dog will not try to chase or frighten our free-roaming animals or put up birds. Most people keep their dogs on leads to be sure they won’t disturb the wildlife. Please also bag and either take all dog faeces home with you or use the bins provided at the car park. Faeces and disposal bags can be lethal to our livestock. We have a dog-washing facility at the Walkers Car Park next to the Wilding Shop.

Wilding Kitchen & Shop


Q: How can I contact the Wilding Kitchen about my booking or an event?
A: To make a reservation or book for an event see Wilding Kitchen & Shop – Knepp or Events at Wilding – Knepp. To change a booking, contact reservations@knepp.co.uk

Q: Do you have events?
A: BBQ evenings, art exhibitions, author suppers and more are held at the Wilding Kitchen & Shop. See website for details: Events at Wilding – Knepp

 

Gift Vouchers

Q: Can I use my safari gift voucher in the Wilding Kitchen & Shop, and vice versa?
A: Unfortunately, we’re unable to process vouchers for safaris at our café/restaurant and shop, and vice versa. It’s to do with the different coding systems we have for the separate businesses. We appreciate it’s frustrating not to be able to do this and thank you for your understanding while we try and get an integrated system set up.
Safaris & Camping/Glamping

Q: Can I book my safari or stay over the phone?
A: All bookings need to be made through our website.

Q: Do I have to book a tour or can I just turn up?
A: All bookings for safaris and garden tours need to be made online at www.knepp.co.uk.

Q: Can I move my booking and/or cancel my booking and get a refund?
A: We’ll do our best to accommodate any booking changes but would really appreciate it if you request a change of booking only in pressing circumstances. It requires a lot of admin at our end!

Q: The booking calendar is showing as red. Does this mean you are fully booked?
A: Yes, I’m afraid red means we’re fully booked. We do sometimes put on extra safaris to meet demand. Keep an eye on our What’s On page What’s On Calendar – Knepp for up-to-date availability. And do sign up to our newsletter (This can be found at the bottom of every page on our website) for advance warning of when our booking calendar for next year opens, and for last-minute cancellations for glamping/camping/Bothy/Dairy.

Q: Do you have a waiting list for your glamping/camping/safaris?
A: We don’t run waiting lists but our newsletter tells you when our booking calendar for next season is about to go live, and we advertise last minute cancellations for glamping/camping/Bothy/Dairy/safaris on social media so do follow us on: Facebook, X and Instagram.

Q: Can I bring my dog on a safari and/or camping at Knepp?
A: We have a strict no dogs policy on Knepp Wildland Safaris and on our campsite.

Q: My under 12years child/children are quiet and well-behaved, can they camp/come on a safari?
A: For insurance and health & safety reasons we have a strict no under-12 years policy on our campsite and safaris. We’re sorry but we cannot make exceptions.

Q: Do you have wheelchair access for safaris and camping/glamping?
A: Unfortunately, our safaris and campsite are currently not suitable for wheelchair users. Please see our accessibility guidelines for further details: Accessibility Guide (knepp.co.uk)
Market Garden & Rewilded Walled Garden

Q: Can I walk around the Market Garden/Rewilded Walled Garden?
A: Access for both gardens is by appointment only. You can book on a tour of our Market Garden here Rewild Your Vegetable Garden – explore a wilder way of growing productively – Knepp, and our Rewilded Walled Garden here Garden Visits – Knepp

Wildlife


Q: Where can I see the storks?
A: Stork nests may change every year but there are generally storks easily visible from public footpaths during the nesting season March-August. We have a viewpoint that provides a great opportunity to see stork nests from a safe distance (binoculars recommended) and have marked on our maps the best location to see Storks. See our trail guide. https://knepp.co.uk/plan-ahead/ There will also be some free-flying birds staying at Knepp all year round. Please stick to footpaths and don’t forget to look up! Visit www.whitestorkproject.org for more information.

Q: How can I see the beavers?
A: At present, our beavers are away from the footpaths in an enclosed pen as per government regulation. It’s important they are left in peace to feed and breed. You can only visit the pen on a beaver safari.
Knepp Estate and Commercial & Rental Properties

Q: Is Knepp Castle open to the public?
A: Knepp Castle is a private house. It is not open to the public. But you can visit the castle ruin by using our orange footpath trail – see trail guide. Footpath Maps – Knepp

Q: How do I find out if you have any commercial or residential rental properties available?
A: Please go to our website for available properties: Property – Knepp Miscellaneous

Q: How can I contact Charles Burrell or Isabella Tree?
A: Charlie and Isabella receive a huge amount of correspondence and regret they are unable to respond personally. For event appearances and work-related requests for Isabella, please go through her literary agent assistant@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk For event requests for Charlie, please email laura@knepp.co.uk

Q: Can I metal detect at Knepp?
A: Sorry, no

Q: Can I volunteer/do work experience at Knepp?
A: We are not set up for work experience at Knepp but we do have a large team of local volunteers that meet every Wednesday to carry out tasks from coppicing and apple picking to cutting back paths and working in the Walled Garden. If you live within a 20-mile radius of Knepp and can commit to attending at least one task a month, please contact Tom Burns, our Ranger, on tom@knepp.co.uk

Our 12+ Policy

Knepp Wildland Safaris and campsite are all about the quiet and patient observation of nature.

Some of the species we are likely to encounter are shy or can be frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. Our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.

For this reason, our safaris, holiday cottages and campsite are suitable only for children of 12 and over.

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