The Estate at Scotney Castle

The Scotney Castle estate is ready for exploring. Our ancient parkland and Wealden woodlands are criss-crossed by way marked routes and fantastic views. Perfect for picnics, scenic walks and mini-adventures.

780 acres to explore

The Scotney Castle estate has a long and varied history. Our grade 1 listed parkland, full of magnificent veteran trees, shows its association with a formal dwelling for over 1000 years, and offers great views of the old castle, garden and mansion. Sussex cattle have been a proud feature of the landscape since Victorian times but sheep have been grazed for even longer. Our woodlands are characteristic of the Wealden landscape and cover 300 acres of our estate. They boast connections with wood-pasture, charcoal production and the once lucrative hop industry. Our tenant farmer still grows, picks and dries hops at Little Scotney Farm.

Explore the garden and estate at Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle family estate walk
Explore the garden and estate at Scotney Castle

Guided walks

The estate can also be explored through a guided walk. Volunteers lead walks throughout the week and highlight the seasonal variations and otherwise unnoticed aspects of our magnificent estate. So if you fancy putting your boots in the car, then you would be more than welcome to join us.

Please note that walks will take place when we have volunteers available. We advise ringing the property office on 01892 893820 on the day you intend to visit to check if these will be running. There are fewer tours during the winter months due to less-favourable ground conditions.

Guided walks to join this year


Throughout the year, our volunteer guides lead themed walks focusing on different areas or aspects of the estate. These are a great time of year to delve a little bit deeper into the history, conservation work or wildlife that can be found at Scotney, so do try to put a date in your diary to come along.

Scotney history:People and Places Sunday 1 March - Sunday 8 March
A walk that takes in the views across the estate and explores the history of the people that have played a part in its story throughout time. 

Signs of Spring Friday 8 May - Friday 15 May 
A short walk that takes you round some of the most beautiful springtime spots on the estate. Enjoy the flowers, butterflies and scenery that this special time of year has to offer.  

Enjoy the woods and surroundings of the estate at Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle walk in the woods
Enjoy the woods and surroundings of the estate at Scotney Castle

Woodland walk Saturday 20 June - Sunday 5 July
Join a guided walk that explores the woodlands of the Scotney Castle estate. Learn about how the woodlands have been used and managed, past and present. 

Hop Tours Saturday 29 August - Wednesday 30 September
Take a walk across the estate to the hop farm to see the harvest coming in using traditional methods. Visit the hop garden, see the hoppers huts where the workers used to stay and finish the tour by tasting some of the ale made from Scotney hops.

See the hops being processed at Little Scotney Farm
The walled garden will be awash with autumnal treats, including sweet honey, crafts, gifts and stalls selling our produce. Pick up your favourites to take home, then tuck into a hearty hog roast washed down with a pint of ale to experience the true deligh
See the hops being processed at Little Scotney Farm

Scotney Estate History Sunday 1 November - Sunday 15 November
Enjoy a walk with our estate guides who will share information and stories of its unique and interesting past. 

Check our 'What's on' page for further information on our special seasonal walks. Estate walks are free to join, just your usual admission applies, except for the Hop Tours which do have a small charge. Pre-booking is not necessary.

Take your four-legged friend on the estate

We welcome dogs on the estate but we ask you to keep them on a lead for the safety of the sheep and cattle that graze here. There are drinking bowls in the visitor courtyard and by the walkers toilet block, which are open all year round. Dog bins are also located in the visitor courtyard by the toilets.

A visitor walking their dog through the bluebells at Nap Wood
A visitor walking their dog at Nap Wood
A visitor walking their dog through the bluebells at Nap Wood

Perfect for picnics

There's nothing quite like a picnic with friends or family on a hot summer's day and you're welcome to picnic anywhere on the estate. Rubbish bins are located back at visitor reception should you need them.

So why not plan a walk on the estate next time you visit? You'll get some amazing views of the surrounding countryside and perhaps discover a new, favourite corner of Scotney Castle.