Sissinghurst Castle estate walk

Walking trail

Exploring Sissinghurst’s gardens can be complemented by a walk around the surrounding estate.

Discover the 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.

Walking through the estate


Map route for Sissinghurst Castle Estate walk


National Trust car park, grid ref: TQ807384


From the car park follow the path towards the castle. Walk to left of the castle and continue along the medieval moat, following it round to the right at the gazebo. Continue along this path, through a gate and down the hill towards the lake. At the bottom of the field, go through the gate and turn left around the lower lake.

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After crossing the second bridge, turn right and continue along the ride through the traditional coppice woodland.


After 380yd (350m) you will reach a way marker. Here, you have two options: Shorter route (marked on map), turn right and continue up the hill across Park Field towards the car park. To continue on the longer route (marked on map) bear left then right and continue 4609yd (420m) along the ride until you reach the edge of the woodland, where you will find another way marker. Turn right down a narrow path and continue over the stile into Park Field.


Bear slightly to the left across the parkland, taking in the views of the castle and estate. At the next stile cross the drive and enter Bull and Birches Woods. Follow the path for 66yd (60m) then turn right along the public footpath up the field. At the top turn right, pass through the second double gate then bear diagonally left across the orchard.

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Cross the track and join the bridleway, passing the vegetable plots on your right and continue along this track until you reach a way marker. Turn right into the field and follow the margin until you come to a metal gate.

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At the gate bear right on to the lane and follow this to the next gate on your right. Go through this gate onto the path, taking in the views before continuing over the stream back to the castle.


National Trust car park, grid ref: TQ807384

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Sissinghurst Castle estate walk


The terrain is fairly flat but can be muddy during the wetter months. It is advisable to wear stout boots.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Sissinghurst Castle estate walk

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Sissinghurst Castle estate walk

How to get here

Sissinghurst Castle, Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB
By train

Regular service to Staplehurst from London Charing Cross. From here take bus service 5.

By road

2 miles (3.2km) north east of Cranbrook, 1 mile (1.6km) east of Sissinghurst village on A262.

By bus

Service 5 runs from Staplehurst station to Sissinghurst village.

Sissinghurst Castle estate walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on leads are most welcome on leads around the wider estate, but are not allowed in the formal garden