Winter walks in and around East Sussex

National Trust rangers in and around East Sussex have pulled together their top trails to blow away the festive cobwebs. Travel through time meandering around the moat at Bodiam Castle. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as robins and snowy squirrels on an estate walk around Scotney Castle. Every step you take helps us keep pathways clear for years to come.

Man walking across winter parkland scene


Set out on one of our three trails to discover 'Kipling country' this winter. A bracing walk could see you follow in the footsteps of Puck - Kipling's famous character from 'Puck of Pook's hill', explore Bateman's iron industry heritage or take a trip to Burwash village. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre.

A view of Bodiam Castle in East Sussex from a nearby vineyard

Bodiam Castle 

A walk around the moat is special in the winter time. See the rising mist contrasting with the frozen edges of the banks. Longer walks across the surrounding countryside will take you past the church of St. Giles and into the local village.

The parkland in the winter sun

Scotney parkland trail 

See a different view of the medieval ruin from the parkland trail, which loops around the estate. In winter, stark vistas open up across the moat and up towards the house, giving a different view of the historic landscape. Wrap up warm and turn right into bare-branched Kilndown Wood, where squirrels scuttle between the majestic trees and red berries add a splash of festive red. Pop into the cafe afterwards for a warming hot chocolate.

Walking through the Sissinghurst estate

Sissinghurst Castle estate walk 

Discover the winter highlights of the 450-acre wider estate. Nestled in the heart of the Weald, this landscape inspired the creation of a world-class garden and the prolific writing of Vita Sackville-West.