National Trust Walking Festival

The Great British Walk is a seven week walking festival that encourages everyone to explore the outdoors and discover vibrant National Trust spaces on foot. A vast and varied selection of walks is available, from those chosen by the public to handpicked walks from National Trust experts. Running from 8 September to 24 October, this year’s Great British Walk has uncovered some of the region’s most colourful vistas, stories, characters and objects to see on a walk. Take a stroll through an incredible landscape of colour this autumn

Colourful highlights include Knole, the last surviving deer park in Kent, the perfect place to see the golden hue of the wild deer and glimpse sunlight through the autumnal reds and browns of the ancient oaks.  At Sissinghurst Castle, take an estate walk for the best views of the tower and to experience the changing colours of the lakes, woodland and farmland.  The White Cliffs of Dover provide the best place for those who love shades of blue as the turquoise and indigo shades of the sea and sky mingle together, set off by the cliffs themselves. Special guided walks from the Visitor Centre to South Foreland Lighthouse run on 19 September and 10 October (no booking required).  At Chartwell you can take a circular estate walk through the woodland to see the best view of the house and its bright red bricks and Ightham Mote has three way-marked routes which take in peaceful woodland, ancient springs and stunning views over the Kentish countryside.

Share pictures of your colourful walks and experiences with the National Trust this year on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #GBwalk. For more information on National Trust seasonal strolls and downloadable walks visit