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. At the shop we also sell Ordnance Survey maps with Knepp at the centre (instead of straddling two normal maps).
Please - wherever you are on the Estate - follow the countryside code and, in particular, shut all gates behind you. 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!