GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Herstmonceux Castle Walk

2 miles (3.4 km)

This circular walk explores the grounds of the historic Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex.
The 15th century moated castle is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, gardens and woodland which are ideal for a pleasant afternoon stroll. Highlights include the stunning Grade II listed Elizabethan Garden which dates back to 1570, a photogenic Georgian style folly, bluebell woods and the pretty wildflower meadow.


BN27 1RN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Herstmonceux Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Herstmonceux Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The on site Chestnuts Tea Rooms serve a delicious range of pastries, hot and cold light lunches and sandwiches. You could sit outside an enjoy a cream tea under the ancient Chestnut trees after which the tea rooms are named.

Dog Walking

Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds of the castle.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking pick up the 1066 Country Walk and follow it to Battle Abbey and Pevensey Castle. Following the waymarked trail south will take you along Hurst Haven to the Pevensey Level Nature Reserve before coming to the castle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Sussex Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Herstmonceux Castle and moat - - 1530793

Herstmonceux Castle and moat. Work started on this brick castle in 1441, brick was an unusual material for a castle due it's weakness over stone, hence it was more of a fortified house than a true castle. In 1776 the interior was ripped out and sold, so until 1912 only the outer walls remained, then the interior was rebuilt. The castle is now owned by Queen's University of Ontario, Canada, they use it as an International Study Centre.

The garden at Herstmonceux Castle - - 1003257

The gardens. The bust in the garden is of Sir John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal.

The gardens, Herstmonceux Castle - - 457826

Taken from the summerhouse, the castle can be seen beyond the sundial in the gardens.

Woods near Herstmonceux Castle - - 1269353

Bluebell woods near the castle.

Observatory at Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, East Sussex - - 1269300

Observatory. TheRoyal Observatorywas founded by King Charles II atGreenwichin 1675.Observing conditions at Greenwich deteriorated following the urban growth of London, and plans were made in the early 20th century to relocate the observatory to a rural location with clearer, darker skies. The relocation of the observatory took place over a decade, and was complete by 1957. The institution at Herstmonceux Castle was known as the Royal Greenwich Observatory, where it remained until 1988, when the observatory relocated to Cambridge.

Reclining Equiangular Sundial - - 1531717

Reclining equiangular sundial in the grounds. The silver rod is the gnomon. It casts the shadow that indicates the time.

Herstmonceux Science Centre (geograph 2665791)

Herstmonceux Science Centre

A271 at Herstmonceux - - 2012302

Herstmonceux village just to the north of the castle site.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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