Bodiam Castle to Battle Abbey via Sedlescombe

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1066 Harold’s Way Walk 10

Perhaps there was a shimmer on the Appledore Estuary and an early morning mist rising into the trees. This was a wild and desolate place and no doubt a strong breeze was already pulling at the water as men and horses prepared for the final few miles to Caldbec Hill.

South of the causeway, the old Roman road drew the eyes up the hill between the trees of the forest, an arrow pointing towards the imminent battle.

This was Harold’s route, the fast route for a small and agile force that would take the ferry across the wide Estuary at Sedlescombe, but not for the main army who will divert via Cripps Corner.

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Broad leaved forests lead to Sedlescombe and in the valley is a squat towered stone church set against a backdrop of trees. Great Wood is to the south, Petley Wood to the north and a final steady climb to the rendezvous at ‘the old hoar apple tree’, Caldbec Hill.

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Sedlescombe The Queens Head

Battle The Abbey

Battle The Kings Head

Battle The Chequers

Battle Abbey English Heritage

The 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.

Battle The Kings Head

Battle The Chequers


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

Connection from Hastings to Bodiam Castle: 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.

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