Public Footpaths & Bridleways
There are 16 miles of public and permissive footpaths within the Knepp Rewilding project, which covers an area of 3,500 acres, and five tree viewing-platforms, close to public footpaths, offering wonderful panoramas of the surrounding countryside. There is also a bird-hide overlooking Knepp Lake.
Maps with circular walking routes are available from Knepp Safaris campsite shop, near Dial Post.
Footpaths are open all year round
download a walking map here
At the shop we also sell Ordnance Survey maps with Knepp at the centre (instead of straddling two normal maps).
We welcome all visitors to the Estate but would like to remind all riders, walkers - and particularly walkers with dogs - of the need to adhere to the Countryside Code, keep dogs under control, close gates behind you, and keep at all times to the footpaths and bridleways. We would like our herds of free-roaming animals to stay on the right side of the fence, away from the roads.
It is really important that you keep to public footpaths. You are legally bound to do so, but it is particularly necessary in our rewilding project as there are areas where birds and other species may be breeding. Our grazing animals also need areas away from footpaths where they, too, can find refuge from human engagement, especially during the breeding and mating seasons.
At certain times of year, we will be culling our free-roaming fallow and red deer.
So do take care, take a map with you, look for the public footpath signposts, and ask directions if you get lost. Be aware that tracks used by our safari and service vehicles, and well-worn paths created by the animals, may not be public footpaths.
Please also respect our wildlife. Never approach or feed the animals. We need them to keep a flight distance that is safe for them and for human beings within the project.
And please take special care during the deer rut (Sept-Oct). Tempting as it is to get that extra bit closer for a photograph, at this time of year these beasts are fuelled with testosterone and looking for a fight!
We welcome walkers to Knepp but have a problem with car parking, and would love it if people would use the walkers car park located at New Barn Farm, RH13 8NN rather than Floodgates. We charge £2 to use this to help with the upkeep. In February 2019 it is being resurfaced with the help of a European grant (see bottom of page).
Knepp Castle Home Farm project 105110 ‘Knepp Castle campsite and farm shop track, parking and wild swimming pond.’
This project supported the upgrade of the campsite and farm shop, access track, construction of overflow car parking and a wild swimming pond.
It is part funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development.