Hastings coast & countryside, plus Paul McCartney’s windmill
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Join us near Hastings for a circular walk that includes coastline, rolling countryside and a windmill owned by a musician.
The walk heads east along the coast path down to Cliff End, with great views east over Romney Marsh. From Cliff End we walk a length of the Royal Military Canal. This was constructed in the early 1800s as a defence against the possible invasion of England by the French. During the Second World War, the canal was fortified with concrete pillboxes and barbed-wire. If the invasion plan had been implemented, German paratroopers would have landed to secure crossing points across the canal.
From the canal, we see the windmill on higher ground. Hog Hill Mill is over 200 years old and was acquired by Paul McCartney in the 1980s. Adjacent buildings have been converted into a recording studio, where he recently recorded McCartney III – his 18th solo album, released in December 2020. After taking a closer look, we turn back across rolling countryside and through woodland towards the village of Pett.
From the village, we walk another couple of miles up rising ground past Fairlight Hall, a private residence that resembles a castle built in 1850 by a young man who had inherited his uncle’s fortune. Today, it’s owned by an investment fund manager! Soon after this, we arrive back at the Country Park. Total distance: around 11 miles / 18 km, with approx 300 metres of ascent.
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What to bring
Boots: your most important piece of kit: waterproof, breathable and designed for hiking. Trainers may be OK, depending on how rough the ground is and if its dry. Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters. Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions.
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and to body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt), a mid layer (micro-fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (windproof jacket or thick fleece). Trousers: avoid jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, and take ages to dry out. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry more quickly. On warm days shorts may be OK.
Waterproof jacket: carry one in your rucksack when walking in all but the calmest of weather. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Hat or cap: useful for staying warm in winter and shaded in summer. Gloves: essential in winter and ideally waterproof.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, this should be comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely.
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter. Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days.
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated. Snacks: a range of biscuits, energy bars, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit (for example) are always good to have. Put them in your rucksack where they are easy to grab..
Water or other fluid: bring between one and two litres, depending on season of the year and temperature. A combination of water, fruit juice, energy drinks and a hot drink is a good idea.
Medicines: essential if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments, etc. A personal first aid kit with bandages and paracetamol or ibuprofen (for your own use only) is a good idea.
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Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of water and other fluids (one to two litres) to drink.