Festive walks at Bateman's

A family walking in the snow

Families, friends and even your four-legged friend can get out and about this festive season and enjoy one of our three estate walks. The Sussex Weald landscape that surrounds Bateman's is magical at any time of the year.

Festive walks through the Sussex countryside

Gather the family or some friends togther for a post-Christmas walk and head out on a wander through the beautiful Sussex countryside around Bateman's that inspired Kipling's magical tales of fairies.

One estate, three walks

Starting from the formal garden, our estate walks head out through the River Dudwell valley and up onto the Sussex Weald. As you start off, stop in the garden and grab a quick picture of your group alongside our wooden sculpture of Kipling, poised and ready to read to your merry band. 

Don't forget your four-legged friend, who is welcome to accompany you as long as you keep him or her on a short lead. Our visitor reception has a ready supply if you forget and leave yours at home.

Discover 'Kipling country'

Set out on one of our 3 walks to discover 'Kipling's country' this Christmas. A bracing festive walk could see you follow in the footsteps of Puck, Kipling's most famous character from 'Puck of Pook's Hill'.

For those of you who prefer to look at times past, try our Ironmaster's walk. A wander in the fields and woodland around Bateman's will reveal the remains of the area's previous Iron industry dating back to the times of the Norman Conquest.

Our third walk takes you from the house and garden up into the village of Burwash. Discover the war memorial with John Kipling's name engraved among the others from Burwash who lost their lives at the Battle of Loos. See one of the Kipling family's orders proudly displayed in the local butchers.

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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 our tea room and enjoy a delicious mug of steaming hot chocolate and tasty festive scone.