A Green St Leonards Walk

A Green Walk along the Boundary of St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.

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This St Leonards Walk is part of a planned series of eight short walks that will form a new book ‘1066 and Other Walks’ around 1066 Country which will pick up on some of the background events surrounding The Battle of Hastings.

There is more to St Leonards on Sea than the Promenade.

There is much to admire along the front but hidden away behind the houses, on the very edge of the town, is a history that stretches back at least one thousand years.

Landing places for Duke William’s fleet, a Saxon Manor house, the finest race course in the South-East and a Church hidden away in an ancient wood are all part of the legacy of St Leonards on Sea.

Starting on the edge of the ‘New Town’, this walk will take you away from the seafront into an older landscape that was once water and a safe haven for Duke Williams boats, into ancient woodland and a church hidden away from view that has its own Norman connections.

No walk in St Leonards can be without its Burton connections and this walk will be no exception but there is more to St Leonards than James and Decimus Burton and my aim is to walk you through some of the history and legends that surround the town.

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There are step by step instructions to help you along the walk but I must point out that although the start is along the promenade, this is not a flat walk . There are hills, both up and down, muddy paths and a couple of stiles which do make it unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs for which I apologise. Road walking is kept to a minimum and the walk will require a little effort but you will see another side to St Leonards on Sea.

The return will be by a more modern method, the Stagecoach bus back to Warrior Square.

Feedback to the walk has been very promising including comments from Hastings Trust, Hastings Libraries, Bexhill Museum and Rother Ramblers.

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