Forests and Follies (PDF, Fancy Free Walks)
- 9 and a half miles (15k)
- moderate walking – long twisting trails where you need to be watchful, nettles in summer.
- visit Bateman’s, Jacobean house and former home of Rudyard Kipling with attractive garden
- Swan Inn at Woods Corner (start/finish), The Wheel in Burwash Weald, tea room at Bateman’s
- accessible by bus
This walk is a great adventure in the High Weald with long woodland trails, sudden views and unexpected encounters. See much celebrated follies, including an observatory, temple and pyramid, built by eccentric landowner “Mad Jack” Fuller.
Mad Jack (1757-1834) was a Brightling squire addicted to building follies.
This walk provides a short optional excursion to a famous country house, Bateman’s, former home of Rudyard Kipling. Bateman’s is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. Author Rudyard Kipling lived in Bateman’s from 1902 to his death in 1936, and his wife left the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939.