Winter walking at Bateman's
Enjoy a bracing walk with family and friends, even the four-legged ones, through the beautiful Sussex countryside around Bateman's this winter.
A bracing walk and beautiful views
The Sussex countryside that surrounds Bateman's provided inspiration for some of Kipling's most magical stories. We have three estate walks that are suitable for all the family and your four-legged friend so gather up a crowd and head off for a bracing walk to blow the winter blues away.
Our walks 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 each of our estate walks follow a route along the Dudwell river valley, in winter they can be very muddy. Wellies and waterproof clothing are the order of the day and a little extra time to negotiate the muddy paths.
Kipling's countryside - 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.
If your four-legged friend is accompanying, please keep him or her on a short lead. Our visitor reception has a ready supply if you forget and leave yours at home.
During the winter 2018 we have important conservation work being carried out on our mill pond and so there will be a diversion to the start of a couple of the walks. Please ask at our visitor reception for details of the temporary change of route.
Which walk will you choose?
For those who want to immerse themselves in Kipling's writings, our first walk follows in the footsteps of Puck, Kipling's most famous character from 'Puck of Pook's Hill'.
For a look back 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.
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 freshly-baked scone.