Saturday 11th October 2014
Not too far and not too long.
This figure of eight walk is there to be enjoyed and with the sometimes steep terrain around Battle, it has been designed to allow a little recovery time.
It is an opportunity to walk the countryside around Battle and there are some magnificent views along the way.
Caldbec Hill is to be seen rather than climbed although we do get close as we do at Telham Hill but Malfosse can be walked and the gentle climb up to Senlac Hill, can be enjoyed without the clamour of war.
The morning walk is longer but should still only take a couple of hours. For the most part the walk is easy going with a few stiles although it can be muddy in places and there is one short sharp climb. It is an opportunity to visit the site of the Legend of Malfosse before Caldbec Hill and back to Battle for lunch.
The second, shorter afternoon walk is undulating and in places it is a vigorous walk that climbs up along Telham Lane to Telham Hill, the site of William’s Camp, and down towards the start of the battle field at ….. that was once a narrow track between marsh and land that fell away towards the Red Lake (Senlac).
The final climb is up the hill towards the ridge that William’s army attacked and past the now ubiquitous ‘Channel 4’ mini-roundabout although it is quite possible that The Chequers will prove to be the end of this section.
The idea of the figure of eight route is to break up the day, allow lunch and, bearing in mind it is October, to consider the weather. You can still feel satisfied to have finished Malfosse and Caldbec Hill, in front of a warm fire, listening to the pouring rain, snow or hail outside.
You do not have to walk them in one go, in one day or even in order – you can please yourself.
Walking is to be enjoyed.