Estate walk at Sheffield Park

Walking trail

Compliment a visit to the stunning landscape gardens with an exploration of the historic parkland at Sheffield Park, East Sussex. Gentle slopes across grazed fields lead you by copses and down to the riverside flood meadow. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Spot local wildlife and enjoy beautiful vistas

Keep a look out for dragonflies, butterflies, kingfishers or birds of prey as you soak up the tranquility of the wider estate.

The parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden

Map

Trail map for parkland walk at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Start:

Sheffield Park car park, TQ413239

1

Starting facing away from Visitor Reception, cross the car park and enter the parkland through the kissing gate. Bear slightly left across the parkland following the grass permissive path, following signs to Ringwood Toll. Head through the two kissing gates and to the left of the stag-headed oak. After the gate, follow the path to the pedestrian gate in the middle of the forested area ahead and enter Ringwood Toll.

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Stag-headed oak on the parkland at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

2

Passing the carving of the Green Man, turn left and follow the main path through the play trail. Follow the main trail around in a semi-circle exiting past the rope swing, past the stock gate on the left. Exit onto the parkland through the next pedestrian gate on the left.

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The green man sculpture at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

3

Join the permissive path going right, go through the pedestrian gate. Head slightly left past two benches.

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4

Turn left downhill towards the gates and bridge - pass over the Hammerdick stream. Bear left and follow alongside the stream, past the hollow oak.

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The hollow oak on the parkland at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

5

Turn left out of the floodplains at the next bridge, passing through the pedestrian gate. Head up hill slightly out of the trees and head right along the permissive path, keeping the trees on your left-hand side, towards a flat bridge ahead.

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Spot dragonflies and damselflies by the river in summer

6

Continue along the permissive route, along the level ground, towards the Pillbox and pond.

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Pillbox pond at dawn, Sheffield Park, East Sussex

7

Continue straight ahead through the pedestrian gate, follow ahead and enter Skyglade through a gate on the left and have a go at cloud watching. Exit via the same gate, turn left and follow the permissive path along the outside fence-line of Skyglade. At the end of Skyglade, continue straight ahead to the double metal gates out of the parkland.

A view of Skyglade at Sheffield Park East Sussex

8

Turn right and follow the track. Cross the weir into East Park.

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Lower Woman's Way Pond at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

9

After the bench, bear to the right into the wooded area.

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A dormouse found in the woods at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

10

At the first fork in the path within the woodland, turn right. Follow round to re-join two main tracks - turn left down the farther track on the other side of a fenced grassland area. Keep following the track around as it curves to the left, with the cricket pitch to your right and head back to the bottom of the lake. Follow the track back up to the car park from which you can head to the garden, tearoom or shop.

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End:

Sheffield Park car park, TQ413239

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Estate walk at Sheffield Park

Contact us

Telephone: (0)1825 790231

Email: sheffieldpark@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http//www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden

Estate walk at Sheffield Park

How to get here

Address
Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 3QX
By road
We are located midway between East Grinstead and Lewes, 5 miles north-west of Uckfield, on the east side of A275 (between A272 and A22). If approaching north-bound from Lewes, we are just past the Bluebell Railway, over the River Ouse bridge on the right. Coming south-bound from the A22 Wych Cross, follow the brown signs for Sheffield Park and the Bluebell Railway.
Parking: Parking is free and we have accessible parking available. Our car park can become busy and sometimes full during the peak seasons in May and October. Occasionally we have to close the car park to avoid queues onto the busy A275. We ask that you avoid parking on the A275 in these instances as it dangerous for you and other road users. Please note we have speed bumps on our driveway which may not be suitable for low clearance vehicles.
Estate walk at Sheffield Park

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on short leads are welcome in the garden after 1.30pm daily. We also welcome dogs on leads on the parkland and off-lead in East Park at any time.
  • Dog waste bins are provided on the three entry points onto the parkland along the drive and inside the garden on the reception building. Dog waste bags are available on the bins or from reception
  • Picnics are welcome in the garden and parkland. No naked flames - gas fires or BBQs - please.
  • Due to our Grade I listing, there are no waste bins available in the gardens or parkland
  • Please note, our driveway has speed bumps with a maximum height of 110mm and a speed limit of 5mph which may be unsuitable for low clearance vehicles
  • Please note, the unauthorised flying of drones at our places isn’t permitted.
  • Please note, there is no overnight camping on site