A Sunday Stroll to Bodiam Castle

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Mar 15

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The walk will be a fairly gentle stroll of about ten miles.

Bodiam Castle is one of the National Trust's most popular attractions. An externally almost complete, moated castle in beautiful countryside next to pub and a river, beyond which lies the Kent and East Sussex steam railway line. Fortunately for us, the Sussex border path goes right through the estate and next to the moat. This allows us to walk through the grounds without having to pay to do so. It does not allow us to cross the moat and enter the castle itself.

The little hamlet of Bodiam can easily be reached on foot and there are numerous routes to enable this. In the various walks that I do with the group, we have covered many of them but there are always more variations to choose and each time it is a challenge for me to try to find new routes, especially for those who walk with me regularly.

The Castle Inn at Bodiam is a popular pub which is well accustomed to providing lots of meals at short notice. We will have lunch there and past experience is that even for good-sized groups, one doesn't have to wait very long.

The return walk is 4 miles and virtually flat, following river Rother almost all the way back. One careful road crossing is the only blip in this otherwise very pleasant home run. There is a pub right next to the station for a well-deserved drink while we wait for the trains.

Please note that our finishing time is not fixed; it depends how long it takes to get lunch and how weary the walkers are in the afternoon.

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