Nymans House

Nymans

Woodland Walk at Nymans (National Trust)

  • 2 and a half miles (4k)
  • Moderate walking
  • cafe (free to all) at Nymans, Red Lion pub in Handcross (near to the walk’s start/end)
  • accessible by bus

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Nymans is one of Sussex’s great English gardens. Developed from late 19th century, the garden reached a peak in the 1930s and was regularly opened to the public.  The house now survives as a rather romantic garden ruin following a severe reduction of staff during World War II and then a disastrous fire in 1947.

The best option for this walk takes in Nymans Gardens themselves (paid entry or free for NT members) but there’s an option to nearby public footpaths too. Either way, it’s an excellent walk around the surrounding estate amongst rolling hills and woodland in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cow Wood. near to the gardens, and the woods within the estate in the Ouse Valley,  are noted for their bluebells in the spring.