Walking 1066 Harold’s Way

I received this e-mail in August 2014 and it is worth repeating in the Blog to give some idea how 1066 Harold’s Way can be walked. Thank you Nicola and Nick for sharing your thoughts, comments  and itinerary with me.

Happy New Year

We had intended to do the walk over 8 days and our plan was as follows,

Sat 2 Aug – Westminster to Thames Barrier (13.5 miles)

Sun 3 Aug – Thames Barrier to Dartford Station (15 miles)

Mon 4 Aug – Dartford Station to Cobham (12 miles)

Tue 5 Aug – Cobham to Blue Bell Hill (12 miles)

Wed 6 Aug – Blue Bell Hill to Staplehurst Station (16.5 miles)

Thur 7 Aug – Staplehurst Station to Sissinghurst Castle (9.4 miles)

Fri 8 Aug – Sissinghurst Castle to Bodiam Castle (12.25 miles)

Sat 9 Aug – Bodiam Castle to Battle Abbey (9.25 miles)

The first three nights we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express at Dartford and then the fourth night at the Holiday Inn at Rochester. 

We followed our plan except for the Friday and Saturday and will complete the walk later.

Your directions have been extremely good. The few problems we had were as a result of misinterpretation! Once we found the correct path, the directions were obvious! We did note a couple of discrepancies which I will collate and pass to you asap.

We look forward to your further walking compilations.

Regards

Nicola and Nick S

My husband & I have just been walking the new 1066 Harold’s Way.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the route. However, from Sissinghurst where the line of the old Roman Road is marked on the OS map it is not possible to walk it because it is not a public footpath. The author of the walk, David Clarke, suggests contacting you to add our support to opening up the Roman Road as a public foot path.

We realise that foot path designation is a controversial topic! But, we will support any effort to open up the Roman Road route anywhere along the 1066 Harold’s Way.

Regards

Nicola and Nick S

Reply

Your comments are very much appreciated and it is galling to know that you are only feet from a Roman road – you can see it but can’t touch it.

I have contacted both Kent CC and The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty about that stretch from Sissinghurst and that I believe that it is an opportunity missed to share our history and I will forward your comments to them and keep you up to date with progress.

However, I do have better news for you in that the follow up to 1066 Harold’s Way – ‘1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey’ follows the route of the Roman road from Barcombe towards Ditchling and beyond, six miles of green lanes and bridleways with views towards the South Downs and linking Saxon villages named in the Domesday Book.

David

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