Dartford to Istead Rise

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1066 Harold’s Way Walk 4

Climbing away from the onto The Downs opens up to panoramic views south and west along towards the Surrey Hills and there is just the hint of a hidden population amidst the rolling hills and valleys, lush fields and rows of trees of .

The landscape changes as we pass under the A2 and the M25. The noise of the traffic gives way to the solitude of a church built from the rubble of a Roman villa 1000 years ago.

Fields and paddocks, woods and country parks lead into villages that were once prosperous but now seem to have lost their heart, with the closure of pub, post office and shop.

Southfleet is different; it is old with an equally important old pub, ‘The Ship’, to savour the journey.

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Southfleet The Ship

Meopham The Railway


Southeastern Trains from London Bridge to Dartford, return from Meopham or Gravesend.

1066 Walks

1066 Harold’s Way is a 100 mile long distance walk, accessible by public transport, devised, created and written to follow King Harold II on his epic journey from Westminster Abbey to Battle. There are castles and battle sites, rivers, streams and valleys to cross, forests to forge and hills to climb, Roman roads, green lanes and ancient foot-paths to walk.

Celebrate the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016 and walk 1066 Harold’s Way.

In 2017, the second walk, ‘1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey’, will be published. This will be a walk from Battle Abbey to Bosham that will follow the progress of the funeral cortege of King Harold II after the Battle of Hasting. It is a new 80 mile long distance path that will traverse Sussex from east to west, along Saxon trackways and Roman roads that follows a legend that he was first laid to rest at Bosham, near Chichester. It is a good story and a good walk.

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The Ship

Southeastern Trains

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