Winter walks at Scotney Castle

Don't let winter stop you getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air. The Scotney Castle garden and estate are the perfect place to stretch your legs whatever the weather. With four way-marked trails suitable for all abilities, there really is a walk to suit everyone.

It may be winter and the temptation to stay on the sofa is huge but there's nothing better than gathering friends or family and heading out for a walk. Make a plan to get outdoors to blow away the cobwebs on a winter's day followed by a warming drink and a tasty treat in the tea-room at Scotney Castle. 

Don't want to get muddy? 

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 the entrance if you need some guidance on where to go. Enjoy the reflections of the castle in the moat, see 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

 

Bring your four-legged friends

Your four-legged friends are also welcome in the garden on a short lead. You'll find dog bowls outside reception and by the tea-room and bins for dog waste next to the toilets.

Enjoy walking your dog in the picturesque grounds of Scotney Castle
Two ladies walking their dogs in the grounds of Scotney Castle garden
Enjoy walking your dog in the picturesque grounds of Scotney Castle

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 that's 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 the garden entrance 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 stroll along the waymarked parkland trail that takes you around the old castle. 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?

No visit is complete without a trip to the tea-room either to set you up for the walk ahead or to warm you up afterwards. With stews, one-pots, soups, jacket potatoes and daily specials, to warming mugs of coffee and hot chocolate, tasty cakes and freshly baked scones, it's a well deserved treat on a winter's day. The luxury hot chocolate is well worth a try and over the Christmas period, you can choose a warming glass of mulled wine and mince pies too. So if all that walking has built up an appetite, stop by the tea-room to round off your visit.

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

Browse the shop

Winter brings on the desire to snuggle up and keep warm but that doesn't mean you can't embrace the season and bring the outside in. From rugs, throws, cushions, scented candles, gloves, scarves and luxurious food and drink items, take a browse of the shop to pick up some Christmas gifts or some bargains in the sale in January. Our Christmas shop opens in November with the sale lasting until mid-January so you never know, you might just find the perfect gift or a bargain in the sale on your visit too.

Autumn/Winter collection 2019
Autumn/Winter collection 2019
Autumn/Winter collection 2019

Indulge your inner bookworm

Have you visited our secondhand book shop? Tucked away at the top of the garden, our bookshop is stocked completely by donations and managed by our team of literary volunteers. You can find everything from fact to fiction, cookery to biographies and children's books to rare editions. For a small donation, take home a book of your choice or drop off your old books to us to add them to our collection. We'll be very grateful as all the money raised from the bookshop is used to help conservation projects taking place around Scotney Castle.

Browse the shelves in the bookshop at Scotney Castle
Browse the shelves in the bookshop
Browse the shelves in the bookshop at Scotney Castle

So don't let the weather put you off getting outdoors and making the most of your membership. We're open everyday from 10am-4pm with 780 acres of estate for you to explore.