Things to do at Brightling Park

Doing very little during your stay at the Park can provide a wonderful escape. But some may be surprised to learn that there are a host of activities and local attractions.

Being in an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) there is an abundance of wildlife and some stunning countryside walks that end at a quiet country pub, or guests can stay at the Park with a BBQ, cosy fire and some star gazing.

The Park is close to the historic towns of Battle and Rye and not far from Hastings and the South Coast beaches.

Local Walks

Enjoy an abundance of local walks right on your doorstep. Explore the eccentric ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller follies on and around the Estate, walk to the local pub, The Swan, or go further a field and enjoy the sights and rolling hills of East Sussex. Click on the walks below to find out more.

Mad Jack Fuller follies, Brightling

Enjoy history, local oddities and on a good day views of the South Down and North Downs.

Woods Corner Walk, Brightling & Dallington

Mixture of woodland and farmland with some of the follies. Depending where you leave from, you can cunningly have a pit stop at the Swan, Wood Corner.

Battle Walk

Generally easy walk through woodland. Finish off in Battle and explore the local history, pubs and restaurants.

Robertsbridge Walk

Typical country walk with some hills, stiles and muddy paths. Finish off at the George inn for a well-deserved drink.

Rushlake Green Walk

Generally easy walk. Enjoy the classic rolling hills of the East Sussex country side. Enjoy a pit stop at the Black Duck inn.

Bodiam Castle Walk

Take in the historic site of Bodiam castle and the surrounding countryside. Generally easy walking with some style and some muddy path. What makes it more interesting is that Mad Jack Fuller purchased the castle in 1828 when it was in a state of disrepair and saved it from demolition.

Places of interest

Batemans, home of Rudyard Kipling

Photo Credit: National Trust/Gary Cosham

Bodiam Castle

Photo Credit: National Trust Images/Gesine Garz

Hastings old town

Quirky, bohemian and artsy, Hastings Old town is full of character. Its slightly worn in places, but that adds to the charm of this seaside town. A day can be spent wondering between the muddle of houses, shops, pubs, restaurants and antiques.

Rye

A postcard-perfect town, rich in history of smuggling and maritime conflict, but it is nothing short of serene. Its full of coble streets and passage ways, quirky shops, medieval inns and cafes.

Eastbourne

Located on the sunshine coast at the foot of the South Downs, savour the unspoilt coast and countryside, splendid Victorian architecture and seafront gardens. Wonder along the 3mile promenade or take a walk up to the infamous Beachy Head and along the heritage coastline of the world famous Seven Sisters. From here you can see the Lighthouse, which was build by Jack Fuller, his last building act before his death. It was built in the style of Brightling Tower and cannot be described as a Folly as it had a definite purpose – To help those at sea. Fuller became incredibly concerned for the welfare of his fellow men and before his death he gave Eastbourne its first lifeboat.

Lewes

Nestled amongst the South Downs, Lewes is full of charm and character. It has higgledy-piggledy, olde worlde beauty in abundance. Its full of windy cobbled streets to get lost down, popping in and out of the array or antique shops and cafés.

Eat & Drink

The Swan, Woods Corner

5 minutes drive // 40 minutes walk from the Park

The Star, Old Heathfield

10 minutes drive // 4 hr walk from the Park

The Netherfield Arms

5 minutes Drive from the Park

The Ash, Ashburnham

15 minutes drive from the Park

The Black Duck, Warbleton

15 minutes drive from the Park

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

20 minutes drive from the Park

Eggs to Apples

20 minutes drive from the Park