Steph Poyton walks the Weald for Park Mill

3 women in a field two with signs one jumping

In August Bateman’s very own Steph Poyton will be taking on the monumental task of walking 150km in just 7 days to raise money for our mill.

Anyone can support Steph as she walks the Weald
Black Labrador with JustGiving sign
Anyone can support Steph as she walks the Weald

With ‘no kale-munching gym bunnies here’ Steph will be joined by some colleagues for the majority of her walk, with volunteers joining her in places to offer their support.

This walk will make the most of the beautiful Wealden landscape, starting at Batemans on 16th August and stopping by Spriver’s Garden, Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Smallhythe Place, Lamb House, Winchelsea countryside, Battle countryside and Bodiam Castle along the way.

So why walk the Weald?

Steph is fundraising to save Park Mill, an 18th Century watermill situated on the banks of the River Dudwell on the Bateman’s estate in East Sussex. Poet and author Rudyard Kipling purchased Park Mill alongside Bateman’s in 1902, featuring it in many of his poems and stories such as ‘Puck of Pook’s Hill’, ‘below the mill dam’ and ‘Sussex. Unfortunately the mill needs our help as the main axle tree, a key component turned by the waterwheel, has rotted and collapsed after 40 years of service, bringing to a halt the production of Bateman’s flour.

Check out Steph’s JustGiving page if you would like to know more or support her on her walk to raise her target of £7,000.