A Winter's Walk at Scotney Castle | Days Out with The National Trust


I've been meaning to write this post up for weeks now! We had the loveliest winter's walk at Scotney Castle with Harriet and her family back in January. The girls running along hand in hand and Parker exploring to his hearts content.

Scotney features a 14th century moated castle, country house and a romantic garden all inside a beautiful wooded estate. With over 770 acres of woodland and parkland to explore there's plenty to keep the whole family busy!

It was rather wet and frosty on the morning of our visit, but we didn't let that stop us. We headed for the castle first - I say we, but the girls actually decided on our route as they ran straight off down the hill together first!

Although partly ruins now, the old castle is still such a beautiful spot to explore. Of course it's lovelier to visit in the warmer months, with the gardens in bloom and brighter skies. But there was something about it in the frost.

It was a little bit magical!

We stopped to watch as the ducks found their way across the ice, before diving into the icy water. Hunted for the children's adventure play which was unfortunately closed (it looks fab though and should hopefully be open soon!). And then made our way back up to the top of the hill to the house. 

We decided not to go inside the house as it was getting quite late, and we were all hungry by this point. We did stop to take some group shots though which actually turned out pretty well, considering Jack popped the camera on self timer on top of his camera bag (ignore the grumpy Indie though).

We ate in the tea room, which although small was nice. Food for us adults was on the pricier side, but we expect this at NT properties and it was tasty. The kid's lunch boxes were reasonably priced though, and they had a good selection of food for the little ones.

The Scotney estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through their parkland, woodland and Hop farm. It's good to note though that the only toilets are next to the tea room and car park - so if you do venture down to the old castle keep this in mind!


  1. Beautiful pictures - looks like you had a lovely day out.

  2. Gorgeous photos. That building is like something out of a fairytale!

  3. What a beautiful location, the ruins are perfectly instagrammable!!

  4. Looks like you had a magical day - love your photos!

  5. Oh this looks lovely Emily, you're pictures are always phenomenal. Glad you had a lovely day :)

  6. Looks like such a lovely place. I love your photos and it looks like you all had a great time! x

  7. Wow, what a beautiful face and love your photos! It looks so wintery, you captured it perfectly!

  8. I'm so pleased you did write this up, these photos are the cutest!!!! The three of them walking together is just tooo much! Lovely one of you all as well xx

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