Bateman's Kipling Countryside walk

Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS

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'Grassland, woodland and stunning views...that inspired Kipling', K Gibbons © Kevan Gibbons

'Grassland, woodland and stunning views...that inspired Kipling', K Gibbons

Kipling believed that there had been a mill here since 1196 © Kevan Gibbons

Kipling believed that there had been a mill here since 1196

An ancient tree-lined trackway that used to run to Old Burwash Forge © Kevan Gibbons

An ancient tree-lined trackway that used to run to Old Burwash Forge

Route overview

Bateman's was the home of author and poet Rudyard Kipling. The 300 acres of countryside around the house influenced works such as Puck of Pook's Hill, Rewards and Fairies and many of his poems.

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Route of the Kipling country walk map at Bateman's in East Sussex
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Public car park, grid ref: TQ671238

  1. Walk back down the drive out of the car park and turn right when you reach the road.

    Show/HidePook's Hill

    Pook's Hill (directions 1 and 2) is situated behind the Jacobean house. In Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill, this hill is clearly identified as Puck's home. Kipling wrote of Bateman's in 1902, 'It is a good and peaceable place.'

    'Grassland, woodland and stunning views...that inspired Kipling', K Gibbons © Kevan Gibbons
  2. Walk across the front of the house and follow the road round to the right, crossing the bridge over the river.

  3. Turn right at Corner Cottage and keep the mill pond on your left. Follow the path along the edge of the mill-stream.

    Show/HideMill pond

    The earliest recorded mention of the mill (direction 3) at Bateman's is from the 18th century, but Kipling believed that the mill dated from 1196. The current mill pond is a haven for wildlife including many species of dragonfly and damselfly. Planted in 1898, interwoven lime trees line the footpath running alongside the pond.

    Kipling believed that there had been a mill here since 1196 © Kevan Gibbons
  4. Go through the gate and after 55yd (50m) turn right over the footbridge.

  5. Follow the path through the field, passing the old oak and ditch. A sinuous and curving ditch that marks the line of a former water course; and a large veteran oak - probably around 250 years old - growing by its side. The ditch also marks the manorial boundary between the customary lands of Brightling Prebend and the manor of Burwash. Climb the stile and turn immediately left.

  6. Climb another stile and follow the path past two barns, one modern, one old.

  7. You will arrive at a tarmaced road with a house on your left. Cross the road and go over the stile into the field immediately in front of you. Follow the path into the woods opposite and climb the stile. You are now outside the Bateman's estate.

  8. Cross the field and go through the gate.

  9. Follow the path through the field; go through the gate and turn immediately left down the hill with the hedge on your left. Go through the kissing gate and follow the path around to the left through the woods. This is an area of ancient woodland. During spring these woods are home to bluebells, wood anemones, primroses, early purple orchids, dog's mercury, wild garlic and celandines.

  10. Go through the kissing gate and carry on straight ahead. The River Dudwell is to your right. Up the hill to your left as you come through the gate is a deserted trackway that used to run down towards the old Burwash Forge. Around 110yd (100m) on the right, cross the river and turn left.

    Show/HideOld trackway

    A deserted trackway that used to run down towards the old Burwash Forge (direction 10).

    An ancient tree-lined trackway that used to run to Old Burwash Forge © Kevan Gibbons
  11. Pass through the gate and go straight ahead. After around 164yd (150m) turn left across a bridge and turn immediately right.

  12. Go through a kissing gate. After approx 110yd (100m) you will find yourself at the footbridge you crossed at direction 4. From here, retrace your steps to the car park.

End: Public car park, grid ref: TQ671238

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Landranger 199; Explorer 136
  • Terrain:

    Public footpaths through Bateman's estate. One steady, moderate climb halfway through the walk. Several stiles along the route. Estate walk guide available from the ticket office. Dogs welcome. Please keep on lead as livestock in surroundings fields. No dog bins so please take dog litter home.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: Down Bateman's Lane from the A265 Heathfield Road

    By bike:
    Down Bateman's Lane from the A265 Heathfield Road

    By bus:
    Renown service 318/319, Uckfield to Etchingham

    By train:
    Etchingham station 3 miles (4.8km)

    By car:
    0.5 mile (0.8km) west of Burwash, A265 west from Burwash, first turning on left

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