Winter walks at Scotney Castle

The parkland in the winter sun

The Scotney Castle garden and estate are the perfect place to stretch your legs this winter. With four way marked trails suitable for all abilities, there really is a walk to suit everyone.

Don't own any boots? Don't worry 

The formal garden has a network of hard standing paths so there's no need to worry about getting muddy shoes if you don't want to. Although the garden is steep in places, there are plenty of pushchair and wheelchair-friendly routes you can take, just ask at Visitor Reception if you need some guidance on where to go. Enjoy the reflections of the castle in the moat, step inside the ice house or take in the pictureseque wintery view from the Bastion view point. 

Enjoy a winter walk in our garden
The Old Castle on a frosty morning
Enjoy a winter walk in our garden

The garden is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and if you are visiting with children don't forget to visit Badger and Pepper's play area. Here you can find natural play equipment such as climbing frames, ball runs, stepping stones, a playhouse and a mud kitchen, all within a fenced area with benches for weary parents to rest and watch on. Your four-legged friends are also welcome to come along as long as they are kept on a short lead. If you don't have a short lead with you, don't worry, we can always lend you one of ours. You'll find dog bowls outside reception and by the tea-room and bins for dog waste next to the toilets.

Take time to explore the new play area
Families playing in the badger and pepper play area
Take time to explore the new play area

Happy to explore a bit further?

If you'd like to roam a bit further afield onto the estate, then pull on your walking boots or wellies and follow one of our four way-marked trails. You can select the one thats right for you - whether it's distance, time or views you need to consider, or whether you'd like to head to the woods or over to the hopping huts. Maps are available to buy from Visitor Reception so that you can take one with you as you explore. Or you can download it to your phone following the link below.

Follow in our ranger's footsteps

Our ranger team know the estate like the back of their hands and they recommend you take a brisk stroll along the waymarked parkland trail, that will take you around the castle ruin. Climb the hill and turn to take in a warming winter view. The jagged ruins compliment the straight-lined mansion towering above. Hardy sheep graze the frozen ground and ducks paddle in the chilly moat. It's definitely worth the walk.

The autumn at Scotney Castle, Kent
The autumn at Scotney Castle, Kent
The autumn at Scotney Castle, Kent

Something to warm you up afterwards?

Our tearoom is open every day (apart from Chrismas Eve and Christmas Day) serving a wide range of hot drinks, sandwiches and light lunches. The luxury hot chocolate is well worth a try and over the Christmas period, they'll be offering mulled wine and mince pies too. So if all that walking has built up an appetite, stop by the tea-room on your way back to the shop.

A warm drink will keep you toasty on a walk around the grounds
Visitors enjoying a hot drink in the crowd
A warm drink will keep you toasty on a walk around the grounds