Springtime walks at Bateman's
Families, friends and even your four-legged friend can get out and about this springtime and enjoy one of our three estate walks. The Sussex Weald landscape that surrounds Bateman's is coming to life and is truly magical at this time of the year.
Spring out on the estates
With the changing of the clocks and, hopefully, an upward trend in temperatures this time of year sees the estate emerge from the somewhat bare days of winter to promise colour and new life.
Out and about across the estate, Kevan Gibbons, the Bateman's Ranger, notices the signs of spring on a daily basis at this time of year:
"What I love most about spring is the feeling of nature coming to life after being dormant over winter. Birds are nesting and the early spring flowers – primroses, celandines and blackthorn blossom – have brightened up our woods and hedgerows and will soon make way for bluebells, wild orchids and beautiful dog roses.
Invertebrates will be making use of the food these flowers provide and you’ll see the hedges and fields alive with butterflies like the brimstone, the orange tip and, later in spring, the painted lady, a sure sign that summer is on its way. Oh, and of course the days get longer and warmer!"
Springtime walks through the Sussex countryside
The Sussex countryside that surrounds Bateman's provided inspiration for some of Kipling's most magical stories. There are three estate walks that are suitable for all the family and your four-legged friend so head off for a re-energising walk to blow the winter blues away.
These walks will take you out and about on the estate. The countryside around has changed little since the Kiplings lived at Bateman's and a view back down to the house is beautiful to behold. You can understand why Kipling described this as a 'good and peaceable place'.
One estate, three walks
Starting from visitor reception, our estate walks head out through the River Dudwell valley and up onto the Sussex Weald.
One - Puck's walk. A bracing walk could see you follow in the footsteps of Puck, Kipling's most famous character from 'Puck of Pook's Hill'.
Two - Ironmaster's walk. 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.
Three - Dudwell Farm walk. The 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.
A well-earned break
As you finish your walk, stop by the Mulberry tea-room to sample our selection of refreshing drinks and hearty food, made on site with produce from Bateman’s kitchen garden.
Four legged friends
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. Picking up your dog’s litter keeps the area clean for everyone to enjoy. When you’re done, pop it in the bin, or, if there isn’t one, please take it home with you.