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Jan
14

Battling our way through 1066 country (38937)

Event Overview

Battle is a popular tourist destination close to Hastings in East Sussex and of course it is famous as the location of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The walk today explores some of the countryside to the South West of the town as we retrace the steps, according to whoever laid out the 1066 Country Walk, taken by William the Conqueror (before he became the Conqueror, that is) from his landing point at Pevensey to the site of his victory.

We will not actually be entering the English Heritage site of the battleground and the remains of St. Martin's Abbey which stand close to the current Abbey buildings which, with their adjacent s...

Battle is a popular tourist destination close to Hastings in East Sussex and of course it is famous as the location of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The walk today explores some of the countryside to the South West of the town as we retrace the steps, according to whoever laid out the 1066 Country Walk, taken by William the Conqueror (before he became the Conqueror, that is) from his landing point at Pevensey to the site of his victory.

We will not actually be entering the English Heritage site of the battleground and the remains of St. Martin's Abbey which stand close to the current Abbey buildings which, with their adjacent stone walls, dominate the town. However the walk (unsurprisingly) passes very close by.

The very undulating, attractive countryside right on the edge of the High Weald in this area passes through the villages of Catsfield and Crowhurst, wherein there stands the oldest tree I have ever seen- a venerable yew which was there when the army passed by nearly 1,000 years ago. Other lovely names crop up on the route: Powdermills, Potmans and Peppering Eye, Skinners and Starcroft. Old country descriptions which confuse us nowadays. The 'eyes' of this area were actually the islands and outcrops sticking out above the sea which covered the area then. Pevensey (Pevenseye?) was the same and its castle was built on a hill above the water- but that is for another walk, another day.

After our walk we will have some time to explore Battle itself and maybe a pot or pint before wending our way home.

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Please bring a packed lunch and enough water to sustain you for the day, regardless of the weather. There are no shops at Battle station.

Meeting & Times

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Is this your first ever event?

The idea of meeting up with a group of complete strangers to be taken for a long walk on an unknown route through unfamiliar countryside can be daunting for some, but hopefully the following helpful guideline will set your mind at rest:

http://outdoorlads.com/events/my-first-day-walk


Event Reference No:
38937