Plan Your Route
There are 16 miles of walks at Knepp within the rewilding project, with five tree viewing-platforms, close to public footpaths, offering panoramas of the surrounding countryside, and a bird-hide overlooking Knepp Lake.
You can download a footpath map here.
Please be aware of the different route lengths and calculate how long each route will take your group (particularly in winter when daylight hours are reduced).
Make sure you download a map from the website or collect a map at the Walker’s Car park to take with you.
Check the Weather
It’s always a good idea to check the weather before going out into the countryside. It’s especially important before visiting Knepp as we are a large rewilding project; it’s easy to get lost, there is often poor phone signal, and our paths get very muddy!
Has it been raining? Wellies and waterproofs essential! We aren’t joking, our paths get really muddy when it rains.
Has the MET Office issued a weather warning? Plan to visit another day. Trees and branches are more likely to fall in high winds. Access to us is via country lanes and can be difficult during extreme weather.
Nature is unpredictable. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. Pack an extra layer of clothing that reflects the most extreme conditions you could encounter.
Wear/bring sturdy walking boots or wellingtons, a comfortable rucksack, jacket, hat, gloves, and waterproof coat.
For sun protection consider using sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats. Protective clothing such as trousers and long sleeve shirts can also help minimize your exposure to the sun.
Be aware of what refreshments are available on site.
There is a takeaway café in the Wilding Kitchen courtyard selling hot and cold drinks and cakes.
We have a small shop at the campsite selling soft drinks.
Staying hydrated on your trip is of utmost importance! Especially in hot weather, you should drink water often and before you feel thirsty. Prepare your water before you need it and do not allow yourself to become dehydrated.
There are two pubs on the Knepp footpath network; the Countryman in Shipley and the Crown in Dial Post.
Bring a supply of food e.g. trail mix, nuts, and granola bars
In Case of Emergency
CLOSEST EMERGENCY SERVICES: NHS Minor Injuries Unit, Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2DR, 01403 227000. Accident and Emergency Unit, Worthing Hospital, BN11 2DH
Let someone know where and how long you are going to walk for, especially if you are planning to walk unaccompanied.
Bring a whistle and torch particularly if you are exploring the footpaths at night. Be sure to pack extra batteries.
Pack a first-aid kit and bring essential medication with you.