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

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Birds, Castle, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Museum, Pub, River, Sea, Toilets, Wildlife
30/06/2009 - Chris Christodoulou

...Reccomended Walk... We did this walk on 27th June 09 and it turned out to be one of the nicest walks we have ever done, the weather was ideal which may have contributed. As advised we parked in Bexhill and took the bus from the station to Battle, I would advise anyone doing so to check the bus times first as the bus only runs every 2 hours on a Saturday, also it can be up to a 30 min trip as the bus goes round the houses, taking a train would mean changing at St Leonards, taxis are available but we did not enquire the cost. Allow extra time in Battle if you wish to see the abbey and battlefield this is a National Heritage site £6.70 entry, members free and there are concessions. This is basically an easy walk to follow with good instruction even though the odd 1066 marker is missing, at point 10 the millennium garden can be easily missed as it is only a bench seat on the right with some ground inlay, we found the stile later mentioned just after `The Plough’ a pub which was open, we also had difficulty making out the railway embankment but this may have been due to the abundant summer growth. At point 17 the 1066 sign was not seen but turn directly left as instructed, after crossing the bridge on the A259 you may miss the small sign up on the wall which indicates you turn right here. Other notes: The churchyard in Crowhurst has a 1000-year-old yew tree measuring about 33 ft. in diameter about 3 ft. from the ground. Early in the 19th century a bench was fixed inside the tree, giving sitting room for about a dozen persons. An iron cannon ball found in the middle of the tree is still preserved there. Next to the church seen through the trees to the south is a ruined manor house, built in the twelfth century by Walter de Scotney, supposedly a gentleman of substance, who made do with this dwelling that was a mere 6 metres by 12 metres. Finally as `The Plough' is en route I think it could be added under the features heading.

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