Walks from The Barn

You don’t have to go far if you want to head out on a country walk as a public footpath runs up the access track to the house. If you have an Ordnance Survey map of the area for walking, look for Horne’s Place Chapel to help you to get your bearings.

Our most popular walk: To Gusbourne Vineyard

Walk through countryside and vines, to join Gusbourne's own signposted vineyard walking tour

Distance

2 miles (to The Nest tasting room and back) 

Directions

Turn right out of the gate and, at the end of the track, follow the public footpath, past the large pond, until you emerge through the hedgerows at a mound. You'll see a sign for Gusbourne as you enter the estate. You are now also joining the the Saxon Shore Way (signposted with yellow arrows). Continue towards the vines with the beacon on your left and the mound on your right. After about 50 metres you reach another sign for Gusbourne. The arrow at the top indicates the direction to continue in (straight ahead), through the vines, crossing a couple of fields and lanes until you reach another field planted with vines. You should see a sign which forms part of the vineyard walking tour: it is number nine on the tour. For the short route to The Nest tasting room turn left here.

The Black Lion pub and Appledore

A short cross-country walk in to Appledore  with its children's play area, tearoom and the Black Lion pub

Distance

2 miles (there and back) 

Directions

For a short walk to the closest local pub, head for The Black Lion. Turn right out of the gate on to the track that passes the oast house. Follow the footpath signs until you reach the mound overlooking the vines (you’ll know it when you get there). From the top of the mound, you can look south west towards the village – follow the footpath down through the vines to the village. When you reach the road turn left and you’ll arrive at the Black Lion after a short walk. Appledore also has a tea room, general store and an antiques shop. 

Walk to The Ferry Inn at Stone-in-Oxney

A cross-country walk to a popular pub which serves good food

Distance

4-mile round trip

Directions

Walk to the mound, as above, and turn right on to the Saxon Shore Way footpath – through the village of Appledore and onwards towards Stone-in-Oxney. Follow for just under two miles until you reach The Ferry Inn.

Walk to The Woolpack Inn at Warehorne

A walk through vineyards, fields and along the canal to a dog-friendly pub

Distance

6-mile round trip

Directions

Walk to the mound, as described above, and turn left on to the Saxon Shore Way footpath. You can follow this all the way to Warehorne. Follow the same route back or head to the Royal Military Canal footpath to walk back via the village.

The Saxon Shore Way

A well-signposted, long distance route that passes close by Horne's Place

Distance

As far as you like!

Directions

The Saxon Shore Way is a long-distance footpath that stretches 163 miles across Kent and East Sussex from Gravesend to Hastings. It passes close by the oast house (see above) so is a great way to get out into the countryside on longer walks.

The Royal Military Canal

A canal-side footpath that passes Appledore on the south side of the village

Distance

As far as you like!

Directions

An even easier route to follow is to take a stroll along the banks of the Royal Military Canal which passes through Appledore, Hythe (pictured) and Rye. Originally dug as a defence in case of Napoleonic invasion it is now a haven for wildlife and a peaceful place for a walk. It stretches 28 miles from Seabrook in the east to Cliff End near Hastings.

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