1066 Harold’s Way is a long distance walk inspired by King Harold’s epic march to the Battle of Hastings, 1066.

100 miles from Westminster Abbey to Battle Abbey, East Sussex to be walked in ten easy stages although King Harold’s men took three days to reach their camp at Caldbec Hill with a camp at Rochester and another possibly at Bodiam by the upper reaches of the Appledore Estuary.

Soldier runningAstonishingly impressive then was the feat of the runners who completed the distance, over the weekend of 6th and 7th July, the fastest of whom ran the 100+ miles in 22 hours with the remaining runners finishing in the next 8 hours.

The largely followed the route of 1066 Harold’s Way with the finish line set at the gates of Battle Abbey and as I watched the runners finish their amazing runs, I was not entirely convinced that this modern army would be ready to face the might of Duke William’s men camped across the valley at Telham Hill. Perhaps it would be enough to battle the A21 and Southeastern Trains on the way home.

Congratulations to all the runners who took part on what proved to be a very tough course and made the event a success and to all the support along the route.

My special thanks to Richard Weremiuk and Mark Cockbain of Beyond Marathon Ltd, who organised the event and who have added such great value to 1066 Harold’s Way through waymarking the whole route for the 1066 runners and for the benefit of all future walkers.

If you missed the race this year, there is always next year for the promises to be an annual event.

Of course, it is not compulsory to run 1066 Harold’s Way – the route can be walked in those ten easy stages, enjoying the views and the pubs and that special sense of history that is outlined in ‘The Guide to Walking 1066 Harold’s Way’, available by mail order from History Walks.

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1066 in 66 Minutes

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1066 in 66 Mins Probus Billingshurst v2

A lighthearted review of all the events of that tumultuous year as reported by The Saxon Times.

The year began with the death of King Edward the Confessor and ended with the coronation of King William and a New Year’s Eve that saw the new King ‘hiding’ in a nunnery in Barking. It was a year that shaped the future of England.

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1066 in 66 Minutes

A lighthearted review of all the events of that tumultuous year as reported by The Saxon Times.

The year began with the death of King Edward the Confessor and ended with the coronation of King William and a New Year’s Eve that saw the new King ‘hiding’ in a nunnery in Barking. It was a year that shaped the future of England.

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New Listing for David Clarke and History Walks Talks

Medway Speakers List

All my History Walks Talks are now listed under ‘David Clarke’ on the Medway Speakers List.

  • 1066 – King Harold’s March from London
  • Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House – a walk around the history of the High Weald
  • The Saxon Times – A Newspaper’s Review of 1066 (1066 in 66 minutes)
  • 1066 William’s March on London
  • Explore St Leonards on sea

A downloadable leaflet giving a description of all the talks and individual talk sheets for distribution are available at:  History Walks Talks

Telling Tales

It was an offer that I could not refuse.

It was all so Anglo-Saxon, recounting tales of battles past at the end of a long march, the ‘fyrd’ sitting together, drinking together and sharing stories of that day’s march from Rochester.

Thirty  miles they had marched with the final twenty miles set for today, 13th October,to their camp at Caldbec Hill. As events unfolded, it would prove to be the day before the Battle of Senlac Hill against the Norman horde.

But this was not 950 years ago but last night and I was privileged to be asked to talk to Peter Wheeler’s YOMP1066 on their journey from Stamford Bridge to Caldbec Hill.

Today  they will plant an apple tree that they hope will last for 50 years when it will truly be ‘the old hoar apple tree’ on Caldbec Hill and the Anglo-Saxon rallying point for the 1000th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings 1066.

I stood and talked of all things Harold and as my Saxon Times alter ego, Brother Eadwine of Canterbury, I gave them foresight of things to come, of battle news and sadly the demise of the King. What happened to the King’s body remains a mystery despite the best efforts of the Saxon Times reporters to discover the truth – maybe Lady Gytha is a Peace Weaver after all.

There was of course a cautionary warning that the expected reinforcements for the loyal fyrd had regrettably been delayed – the latest report was that they were lost in the Forest of the Andreasweald after leaving Tonbridge.

It is rumoured that they had received false instructions from Norman sympathisers, collectively known as English Heritage, no doubt hoping for some recognition from Duke William himself.

It was all good fun and I was home for supper.

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1066 – What a Year

It was almost ‘The Complete History of 1066 in 66 minutes’.

It was a light hearted look at the events of that tumultuous year through the eyes of Brother Eadwine of Canterbury, the Editor of The Saxon Times.

It was the first talk in the History House programme for Hastings Week and amongst the audience were The Lady Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hastings, Councillors Judy Rogers and Nigel Sinden in this important year, the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

In between the serious facts, there were a few smiles and ‘Call a council these days’ and Tostig’s master plan of invading the … Isle of Wight’ raised laughs as did the period adverts for such items as St Leonards Carts and Monks Ales.

Regrettably, the question and answer session was devoted solely to publication, issues of which I am not in control, instead of extension questions on the background to 1066.

Questions ranged from ‘why the book ‘The Saxon Times’ was not available for the talk’, publication has been once again delayed, and that ‘searches against ‘The Saxon Times’ on Amazon came up ‘not found’’.

I promised to let the publisher, Rupert Matthews of Bretwalda Books, know of their concerns.

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Who would ever have thought that…..

It’s World Book Day and it’s amazing that I have something to post!

World Book Day v Saxon

There would be more to shout about but it appears that there has been interference from those wanting to maintain ‘Anglo-Saxon’ independence in the face of closer ties with Normandy and the rest of Europe.

How The Saxon Times times became embroiled in such politics is a mystery, but the publisher seems to have placed publication on hold for the time being.

My personal view is that it is better that our readers are aware of all the events of 1066 earlier rather than later.

If you agree, please let me know.

Remember, The Saxon Times is the only newspaper that will bring you the news as it happens.

I do hope that you will continue to enjoy reading The Saxon Times in 1066.

Eadwine of Christ Church, Canterbury,

Editor The Saxon Times

3rd March 1066