1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey Walk 1
Battle Abbey to Rushlake Green
On a hot summers day in 2014, I finished what I thought would be a walk that would see the start of 1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey.
On paper, the route was perfect, walking along The Malfosse and the ancient Wadhurst Lane before the final climb up to Netherfield and The White Hart with its magnificent views towards the South Downs.
The White Hart did not disappoint.
Sitting in the sheltered garden drinking Harvey’s was a treat and gave me time to think about Walk 1.
The landlord was most interested in The Final Journey and he said that he welcomed walkers – even offering space in the car park to park cars for future walks.
On to 2015 and Walk 1 had been revised to fit in with the overall route to Bosham and would now finish at Rushlake Green.
This year, our group of History Walkers walked past The White Hart which looked somewhat different to the previous year. Now clothed in grey wood it had a hand painted sign saying ‘Open’ which would later prove to be providential.
Netherfield is now just over one hour from the start of the walk and with another 6 miles to go it was a little early to enter – if we had only set off later.
It was a good walk but that promised pint at Rushlake Green did not materialise – ‘Closed for Refurbishment’ the sign said, ‘Open Next Weekend’ we were informed.
There was great enthusiasm for a return to The White Hart but this time by car.
The Harvey’s was still good, a walker’s treat and a taste of Sussex, and a new barrel of Doom heralded crystal clear pints.
We drank outside in the sunshine, happy and content. Where there were wooden benches there are now metal tables and chairs and even cane settees, to continue the makeover.
We enjoyed our drinks.
Inside, the eating area had been transformed with similar grey planking as the outside with new tables and chairs and it now has very new, almost stark appearance in complete contrast to the old pub feel that it had before. I do hope that the food on offer is as good as it was last year.
1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey is a walk from Battle Abbey to Bosham that follows 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 traverses Sussex from east to west, along Saxon trackways and Roman roads that lead to his burial place at Bosham, near Chichester.
This walk follows on from 1066 Harold’s Way, a long distance that traced King Harold’s II epic journey from London to Caldbec Hill and the Battle of Hastings 1066.
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