1066 Walk: Battle to Bexhill
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Appropriately for the scene of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the town of Battle is the hub of the 1066 walks. The main walk is from Pevensey to Rye via Battle. This spur takes you from Battle almost due south to the seaside town of Bexhill.
It begins on Senlac Hill, where Battle Abbey marks the place where King Harold fell. Before you start, the town is well worth exploring, with many interesting places to visit (including the abbey). The walk takes you out through rolling hills, with a mixture of woods, arable farming and pastureland. It passes through a woodland nature reserve and the sleepy village of Crowhurst, with its ancient church and centuries-old yew tree.
Having crossed small streams in the early part of the walk, after Crowhurst you come to the low, marshy lands formed by the streams which gather into the Coombe Haven. You cross an area of dykes and ditches before climbing again to the high ground from which Bexhill takes its name.
The latter part of the walk takes you through the quiet residential streets of Bexhill, though crossing two busy roads (the busier by a footbridge). It ends at a car park beside a park in which are a museum and the ruins of a manor and not far from the old and impressively large parish church in Bexhill's Old Town. If you continue into the modern town centre or down to the shoreline, you will find all the amenities you would expect in a small seaside resort.
England - South England - East Sussex - Countryside
Birds, Castle, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Museum, Pub, River, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife
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