Boxing day walk at Bateman's
This article was written for an event in 2019. Join a National Trust Ranger this Boxing Day and take a gentle countryside walk out on the Bateman's estate.
Out into the fresh air
Thur 26 December, 10.30-12.30
Walk off all the indulgences of Christmas day with a Boxing day estate walk, lead by Kevan Gibbons, a National Trust Ranger, based at Bateman's.
A bracing walk and beautiful views
The Sussex countryside that surrounds Bateman's provided inspiration for some of Kipling's most magical stories such as Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies.
This walk will take you out and about on the estate and at this time of year, with the leaves fallen from the trees there are some fantastic views back to the house. The countryside around has changed little since the Kiplings lived at Bateman's and a view of the house in soft winter sunshine is beautiful to behold. You can understand why Kipling described this as a 'good and peaceable place'.
Don't forget your wellies
As some part of the walk follows along the Dudwell river valley, in winter it can be quite muddy. Wellies and waterproof clothing are a good idea.
A well-earned break
As you finish your bracing walk in the crisp air of wintertime and are making your way back to the car, stop by the Mulberry tea-room and enjoy your complimentary hot drink.
Suitable for all the family and your four-legged friend so gather up a crowd and join in for a bracing walk to blow the winter blues away.
Tickets cost £8.50 per person and include a guided walk and a hot drink.