On Sunday 4th October, 2015, a group of 35 walkers completed the final section of an epic 100 mile journey, retracing the final steps of King Harold.
Walkers from West Essex Ramblers and Redbridge Ramblers combined to reach Battle Abbey after walking the 100 miles from Westminster Abbey.
The groups chose to adopt 1066 Harold’s Way as their long distance walk for 2015, walking an average of 10 miles a month. The route, on public footpaths, visited Greenwich, Dartford and Rochester before turning south to Maidstone, Staplehurst, Sissinghurst and Bodiam Castle. The final climb to Battle Abbey was in the week leading up to the anniversary celebrations for the Battle of Hastings.
This long distance walk is based on the Roman road network that was still in use in King Harold’s time and traces his probable route to the Battle of Hastings.
Walk 10, Bodiam Castle to Battle Abbey via Sedlescombe, takes in some of the best views of the High Weald and with the luck of Harold the ramblers enjoyed perfect walking weather and a pint at The Queen’s Head, Sedlescombe.
David Clarke, the author and creator of 1066 Harold’s Way, met the group in front of Battle Abbey to congratulate them and hand out certificates and passports to the group.
Roger, who led the walk, said: “Just wanted to say a big thank you for creating most enjoyable long distance walk. Some wonderful scenery, a great route and being part of the history of 1066 have all added to some great memories of the walk from Westminster Abbey.
1066 Harold’s Way, written by David Clarke and published by Bretwalda Books, tells the story of 1066 reflecting on the history along the way and includes tourist and travel information and full step by step instructions.
The book is available in Battle from British Design, British Made and AHA.