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Sussex Weald walk near Bateman’s

PUBLISHED: 10:13 22 August 2017

The charming garden and house at NT Bateman’s

The charming garden and house at NT Bateman’s

Hazel Sillver

Hazel Sillver disappears into the rolling countryside of the Sussex Weald on this circular walk through fields and woodland

Bateman’s House and Garden

Described by the writer Rudyard Kipling as “a good and peaceable place,” the Jacobean mansion that stands just outside the village of Burwash was built in 1634.

When Kipling and his wife bought it in 1902, it had become a shabby farmhouse. Over time they restored and improved it, and today visitors can see the rooms as the family lived in them, including the study, where Kipling wrote many of his books, such as Puck of Pook’s Hill.

The National Trust now manages the Bateman’s estate, which encompasses 330 acres, and about which Kipling wrote a poem called The Land: “Still we find among the river-drift their flakes of ancient tile, And in drouthy middle August, when the bones of meadow show, We can trace the lines they followed sixteen hundred years ago.” Dogs are welcome on the estate and in most parts of the garden.

nationaltrust.org.uk/batemans

Where to refuel

The Mulberry Tearoom at Bateman’s serves lunches, snacks, and cakes. Alternatively, for a pub lunch, head to the dog-friendly Rose and Crown in Burwash (TN19 7ER; 01435 882600; theroseandcrownburwash.co.uk).


Information

• Location: Bateman’s, Burwash, East Sussex.

• Distance: 2½ miles (4km) – 1-1½ hours to walk.

• Terrain: grass and woodland paths, and country lanes; some gentle up and down.

• Where to park: In the National Trust car park at Bateman’s (TN19 7DS) if you’re going to visit the house and/or garden. Otherwise drive down Bateman’s Lane, past the turning for the car park, keep straight on and park in the lay-by opposite the mansion. 


The walk

1. Walk out of the National Trust car park the way you drove in. At the lane, head right, and then straight on past the Jacobean mansion of Bateman’s. (If parking in the lay-by, begin here). The lane leads over a bridge.

2. Head right after houses; the path takes you past a pond, and then runs alongside a field.

3. Go through the gate, into woodland. Ignore the bridge on your right and maintain direction straight ahead. The paths leads through woodland, and then takes you through a gate into pasture.

4. Go through the metal gate on your left and head right along the edge of the field, before going through another gate. Walk through the field.

5. At the oak tree, head right over the bridge. Then bear left, walking alongside hazel trees and a stream. Go through the gate into woodland.

6. Eventually the path curves right, and goes through a gate into a field. Head left, walking across the field, towards a stile in the far right-hand corner. After the stile, walk along the edge of the meadow.

7. Go through the metal gate, and head downslope through pasture. The path then leads over a stile into woodland, and then across the middle of a field.

8. Walk across the lane, past the entrance to houses, and follow the wide track downslope. The track leads through trees to a metal gate and then runs along the bottom of a field.

9. Head right: go over a stile by a gate, and turn left, walking past hazel trees along the edge of a large field. Eventually the path bears right towards woodland.

10. Head over the footbridge into woodland, and turn left. The path leads through trees, and past a field. At the pond, you have the option (if you’ve paid for a ticket or have a National Trust card) of heading into Bateman’s garden, through the gate on your left. Otherwise head on past houses, and turn left. Walk along the lane, back to the car.


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