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Sunrise over Pillbox pond at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Sunrise over Pillbox pond at Sheffield Park | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Estate walk at Sheffield Park

Complement 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.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Sheffield Park car park, TN22 3QX

Step 1

Starting facing away from the 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. ‘Dogs are welcome but please do keep them on a lead due to livestock grazing, apart from in East Park.

The stag-headed oak on the parkland at Sheffield Park, Sussex
The stag-headed oak on the parkland at Sheffield Park | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Step 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, past the stock gate on the left. Exit onto the parkland through the next pedestrian gate on the left.

Step 3

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

Step 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, two wooden bridges and the restored lock.

Step 5

Head across Irongates Mead with the wooden bridges at your back to cross the Hammerdick Stream. Please note that this is a diversion from the usual estate walk - during the wet winter weather the bridge over the Hammerdick was irreparably damaged and has been removed. Follow the tree line around to the right and then head uphill 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.

Step 6

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

Step 7

Continue straight ahead through the pedestrian gate, follow ahead and enter Skyglade through a gate on the left. Skyglade is a place for pausing and taking in views of the big open sky. It’s built from eight 12ft panels of Sussex oak, placed at compass points, which create a viewing circle for stargazing evenings and cloud spotting. 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.

The wooden skyglade sculpture set in the parkland of Sheffield Park and Garden.
Skyglade on the parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden | © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Step 8

Turn right and follow the track. Cross the weir into East Park. This is the place where you can let your dog have a run around off the lead.

Step 9

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

Step 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, café’ or shop.

End point

Sheffield Park car park, TN22 3QX

Trail map

Trail map for estate walk at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Trail map for estate walk at Sheffield Park | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey’

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