Seal Chart, Fawke and Bitchet Commons, Seal | Sevenoaks District Council

Seal Chart, Fawke and Bitchet Commons, Seal

These beautiful wooded commons lie on the Greensand ridge to the east of Sevenoaks in the Parish of Seal.  Historically, they were part of the Manor of Knole and are now owned and managed by Knole Estate.

These commons are all Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), which means they are some of the most valuable areas of countryside in Kent.  They are especially important for their ancient oak woodland and remnants of heathland. The commons are home to some unusual heathland plants like Climbing Corydalis and Heath Dog Violet and they also support many species of bird including the uncommon redstart.

The commons are perfect for quiet, informal recreation.  There is a network of public paths criss-crossing all three sites, including bridleways (which are also open to cyclists) and footpaths. Some paths are not suitable for wheelchair users.

There are no toilet facilities available.


The commons can be accessed from various points including the A25 east of Seal, but there are no designated car parks.  

The nearest station is at Kemsing, approximately one mile north of Seal Chart Common.