Sissinghurst to Bodiam Castle

Over the Hills     DSC00003

1066 Harold’s Way Walk 9

The landscape was so very different in 1066, with heavily wooded hillsides and the tidal estuary extending into the valleys around Bodiam and Sedlescombe – natural hazards to navigate.

The Roman road passed through Benenden to Sandhurst on the ridge and finally Bodiam. This Roman road is different, green lanes and forgotten sunken tracks, marked by lines of trees, you can look down on the overgrown road and imagine it full of Saxon men, women, horses and wagons, straining, pulling to make headway.

Roman Road near Beneden     Sandhurst Following the Roman Road

Walk the Roman road from Sandhurst to Sandhurst Cross before the descent into the upper reaches of the Rother Valley to join the Sussex Border Path for the final mile to Bodiam Castle, perhaps the most beautiful castle in all of England.

DSC00009      Bodiam Castle 2  

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Iden Green The Woodcock

Sandhurst The Swan

Bodiam Castle National Trust

Bodiam The Castle Inn

Pub Blog

The Pub Blog should be read as a lively and essential travelling companion for anyone in the South-East England who intends to walk 1066 Harold’s Way, Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House and 1066 Harold’s Way, The Final Journey.

Iden Green The Woodcock

Sandhurst The Swan

Bodiam The Castle Inn


Southeastern Trains from London Bridge to Staplehurst, return from Hastings.

Connection from Staplehurst to Sissinghurst: Arriva Buses Service 5

Connection from Bodiam Castle to Hastings: Stagecoach Service 349

1066 Walks

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

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.

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.

For more information visit:

1066 Harold’s Way

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