Bateman’s Kipling countryside walk

Walking trail

Bateman's was the home of author and poet Rudyard Kipling. The 300 acres of countryside around the house influenced works such as Puck of Pook's Hill, Rewards and Fairies and many of his poems.


Map route for Bateman's Kipling countryside walk


Public car park, grid ref: TQ671238


Go to visitor reception to enter the property. Admission charges apply for non-NT members.

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Follow the visitor route down through the orchard towards the Mulberry tea room and then follow signs to the Mill.


At the Mill go through the gate to the right of the mill at the edge of the mill pond. Follow the footpath to the right and then bear left along the river.

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Go through the gate and after 55yd (50m) turn right over the footbridge.


Follow the path through the field, passing the old oak and ditch. A sinuous and curving ditch that marks the line of a former water course; and a large veteran oak - probably around 250 years old - growing by its side. The ditch also marks the manorial boundary between the customary lands of Brightling Prebend and the manor of Burwash. Climb the stile and turn immediately left.


Climb another stile and follow the path past two barns, one modern, one old.


You will arrive at a tarmaced road with a house on your left. Cross the road and go over the stile into the field immediately in front of you. Follow the path into the woods opposite and climb the stile. You are now outside the Bateman's estate.


Cross the field and go through the gate.


Follow the path through the field; go through the gate and turn immediately left down the hill with the hedge on your left. Go through the kissing gate and follow the path around to the left through the woods. This is an area of ancient woodland. During spring these woods are home to bluebells, wood anemones, primroses, early purple orchids, dog's mercury, wild garlic and celandines.


Go through the kissing gate and carry on straight ahead. The River Dudwell is to your right. Up the hill to your left as you come through the gate is a deserted trackway that used to run down towards the old Burwash Forge. Around 110yd (100m) on the right, cross the river and turn left.

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Pass through the gate and go straight ahead. After around 164yd (150m) turn left across a bridge and turn immediately right.


Go through a kissing gate. After approx 110yd (100m) you will find yourself at the footbridge you crossed at direction 4. From here, retrace your steps to the car park.


Public car park, grid ref: TQ671238

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Bateman’s Kipling countryside walk


Public footpaths through Bateman's estate. One steady, moderate climb halfway through the walk. Several stiles along the route. Estate walk guide available from the ticket office.

Dogs welcome. Please keep on lead as livestock in surroundings fields. No dog bins so please take dog litter home. Dogs are not permitted in the property.

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Bateman’s Kipling countryside walk

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Bateman’s Kipling countryside walk

How to get here

Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7DS
By train

Etchingham station 3 miles (4.8km).

By road

½ mile (0.8km) west of Burwash, A265 west from Burwash, first turning on left.

By foot

Down Bateman's Lane from the A265 Heathfield Road.

By bus

Renown service 318/319, Uckfield to Etchingham.

By bicycle

Down Bateman's Lane from the A265 Heathfield Road.

Bateman’s Kipling countryside walk

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room, shop, toilets and baby-changing facilities at Bateman's
  • Dogs welcome on a lead on the walk, but are not permitted within the property