Iron pits and spring wildflower walk at Bateman's

Get out and about in the beautiful spring weather and discover more about the history of the land around Bateman's and enjoy the spring wildflowers too.

Field of scilla and a tree in the middle

Join a springtime guided walk on the estate

Our ranger, Kevan, is passionate about his job of caring for the estate around Bateman's house and garden. He's out and about everyday and knows each and every corner of the countryside that surrounds Kipling's former home.

Discover an industrial history

Join Kevan this spring and he'll guide you around some of the wider Bateman's estate and reveal some of its history. This area was well known for its iron industry, dating back from shortly after the Norman Conquest iron was produced, albeit on a relatively small scale, until the mid-fifteenth century.

There are many traces of the industry on the walk and iron pits, the remains of a forge and old roads down to the river can all be found hidden among the trees and hedges that now abound.

Bateman's bluebells in the woodland come spring
The bluebells carpet the woodland at Bateman's
Bateman's bluebells in the woodland come spring

Enjoy the beauty of spring

There's plenty of woodland, small copses and open farmland here, with most of it having been untouched for years. Although we manage the various types of environment across the estate, it is a continuous job and so you'll walk through freshly coppiced woods alongside more overgrown sites where spring wildflowers grow in abundance.

If the timing is right you might even see carpets of bluebells in the woodlands and get the chance to smell their delicate fragrance.

  • Walk takes place on Friday 26 April 2019
  • Starting at 10.30am and finishing at 12.30pm
  • £6.50 per person, booking essential
  • Book online or by calling our Central Booking Office on 0344 249 1895
  • Cup of tea or coffee included at the end of the walk.