A wild walk on the Knepp Estate, West Sussex
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Join the Outdoorlads for an easy paced 9 mile Sunday stroll based around an innovative rewilding project in the heart of rural West Sussex. The farming estate, which has taken a different path to modern intensive or traditional agriculture, covers an area of 3,500 acres, and five tree viewing-platforms, close to public footpaths, offering wonderful panoramas of the surrounding countryside.
Since 2001, the land - once intensively farmed - has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding project. Using grazing animals as the drivers of habitat creation, and with the restoration of dynamic, natural water courses, the project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife. Extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding here; and populations of more common species are rocketing.
More information on the Knepp Estate is found at https://knepp.co.uk/.
Subject to pace and how the time goes, we will stop at one or two country pubs (for drinks only) along the way.
Photo Credit (main banner image):
Barns in a deer park, Knepp estate (Copyright Stefan Czapski https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4700830)
Used under the Creative Commons 2.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers or wellies
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of water.