Spectacular Hastings

Hasting’s beautiful Alexandra Park has been voted the BEST PARK IN THE SOUTH EAST for 2019.

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Alexandra Park stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best parks in England but you must walk it to find all of the hidden gems.

In Pub Walks in Hastings & St Leonards, Alexandra Park is revealed in all its glory with the added reward of a pint at the North Star and time to reflect on a hidden Hastings.

Strike out beyond the prom to discover Hastings and St Leonards’ best pubs in History Walks Book 6 Pub Walks in Hastings & St Leonards.

History Walks Book 6 – Pub Walks in Hastings & St Leonards.

Hastings in Focus

History Walks, Talks and Books – More than just footsteps on a Path.

For more information visit: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Perfect Holiday Walks


Perfect Holiday Walks, not too far and not too long.

Follow the link to LOOK INSIDE for a taste of all the walks.

History Walks books are available from Hastings Tourist Information, Rye Heritage Centre, at selected outlets in 1066 Country and by Mail Order from History Walks

History Walks, Talks and Books – More than just footsteps on a Path.

For more information visit: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk


History Walks Newsletter



The January 2016 issue of

Newsletter is now online here.
It features:

  • · Book News
  • · News – 950th Anniversary Celebrations
  • · The Saxon Times
  • · Talks
  • · Walk News
  • · Books & Stockists



Five great long distance walks that start in London.

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There has been a great deal of publicity recently about the benefits of Walking for Health, the benefits of which walkers and ramblers have always been aware.

Walking for Health itself provides short walks locally, wherever you are and for the more adventurous or those walkers who have been ‘bitten by the walking bug’ there are many longer trails, circular routes and challenges published in books and on the internet from a variety of sources.

The Ramblers have just published ‘Ten inspiring walks for 2015’, ‘from windswept coastal adventures to hidden treasures in the Lake District, we’ve pulled together ten of the best walking routes to try in 2015. ‘

See more at: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/what-we-do/news/2015/january/ten-inspiring-walks-for-2015.aspx#sthash.r7CqfARk.dpuf

The walks are special having walked some of them myself in varying weather but not one of the walks is based either in London, Kent, Sussex or Surrey or the Home Counties to the north of the Capital.

To encourage walkers to start to explore and discover the exhilaration of walking and the countryside that radiates out from London I have drawn together ‘Five Great Walks that start in London.

With the greatest of the country’s population centred in the South East I believe that they should first be inspired locally, to be motivated to accept a challenge and have the belief that they can achieve and walk a long distance walk whether alone or with a group.

The walks are never that far from buses or trains and all the walks can be walked in stages, a quiet pint in some country pub and home for the evening to think about the next walk.

As an added incentive, the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings is set for 2016, a perfect time to complete 1066 Harold’s Way.

My ‘Five Great Walks that start in London’ are 1066 Harold’s Way,  Grand Union Canal Walk, Jubilee Greenway, Capital Ring and The Thames Path. Further details can be found at: http://www.1066haroldsway.co.uk/


By David Clarke

21st January 2015

David is a walker and a writer of walks. He has walked extensively in the UK and completed a number of long distance walks.

His first book, ‘1066 Harold’s Way’ will be followed this spring by ‘Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House’, a 55 mile circular walk around the history and the industry of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Both books are published by Bretwalda Books.

Further long distance walks planned are ‘1066 Harold’s Way The Final Journey’ and ‘1066 William’s Way’ – details can be found from his Blog: www.historywalksblog.wordpress.com and from the website: www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Hooe Level

Wednesday 20th August 2014

This is a bit of a bus walk, catching the Stagecoach 99, Eastbourne Hastings bus, there and back, and even though I see the bus every day I still have a chuckle imagining a giant ice cream with a flake painted on the side.

I was dropped off in the centre of Little Common to a blue sky day, with a few wispy white fluffy clouds to add a bit of interest.

A walk between the neat houses and bungalows, with their polished lawns and shiny cars and past a thatched cottage was an almost surreal introduction to the simplicity of Hooe Level, but first, a golf course to negotiate.

It is a busy day today, for the seemingly aimless golfers, but on this course the golfers are all in buggies or golf carts speeding silently between holes.

They say that ‘golf ruins a good walk’, take the walk away and there is not much left – perhaps that is why they all wear a jumble of bright coloured tops, to act as a moving target to break up the tedium of golf without a walk, but the golfers have only eyes for their little white balls and are unaware of the beauty that surrounds them.

Finally, over a bridge to enjoy the marsh properly, to look around at this almost flat landscape of drainage ditches, sheep and cattle grazing on the sea grass and a few trees.

A big sky dominates with the South Downs in the west looming above Eastbourne and to the north is the ridge of the A259 which was once the limit of the sea when the Romans invaded and built Pevensey Castle on what was then almost an island.

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Solitude and sheep on this gentle day with just a little breeze to cool the heat rising from the grass but I can only imagine an autumn and winter of wind and rain, the water levels high enough to flood and reclaim the marsh. That would probably be a day for nursing a pint in The Smugglers, the only pub on the marsh.

These are smugglers routes, across the marsh towards Hooe and further inland, taking brandy and contraband from the boats beached on the shingle bank at Normans’ Bay and out of sight of the Revenue Men. It is and a route that I will follow sometime in the future.

To the south, a few houses line Normans’ Bay, peeking over the flood bank at the sea and sheltering the caravan site behind from the vagaries of the weather.

My route first leads from the end of Clavering Walk near Cooden Beach Station to the marsh lane and then north up to the A259 and then along the old road, past the aptly titled Old Road Farm and back down to Hooe Level to complete a figure of eight walk along the ‘Crooked Ditch’ to Barnhorne Manor and the bus stop back to St Leonards on Sea.

I left the marsh lane to climb a small hill, once an island but now home to cows and their calves, growing up on marsh grass before being moved inland for winter pasture.

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To make it easy, there are tall marker posts that highlight the footpath across ditches and low lying fields, that bear evidence of past floods. It is a straightforward path although thinking about Three Castles, I almost missed a change of direction through a gate that would lead to the A259.

After all the hills and woods of recent Three Castles walks, the open space and big sky feel amazing especially from the low ridge that was once the shoreline.

The road is busy with holiday traffic, rumbling behind me whilst I sit on the stile for an energy bar and a drink, their windows closed and air-con on – if they only knew what delights lay outside their cars. The view over Hooe Level towards the sea is worth the noise.

Along the old and narrow Pevensey Road – it would never have coped with all the modern day traffic – and back down to the marsh along a good track that will lead towards Chapel Field and the site of the medieval village of Northeye.

Over a stile to the left and the waymark points to a track alongside a ditch, full of water, reeds and lilies.

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It was to be an easy path to follow but if only I had read the map and ignored the waymark for the correct path lay on a diagonal across the field. I even went back to check the route again when faced with a ditch and no bridge but suffice to say, I was not the only one for a walker was approaching me from the opposite direction and the opportunity for a little promotion of Three Castle and 1066 Harold’s Way was not missed.

The final couple of miles to Barnhorne Manor avoided the golf course and were waymarked just sufficiently to let you know that you were on the right route.

Crossing the footpath ahead were a Wednesday group from Rother Ramblers but they were off and away before I reached their path except for a couple of backmarkers.

It was a good walk, a 7½ mile free and easy saunter through open spaces without a timetable to work to or route to plan and left me with the thoughts to walk the rest of the Levels before the rains set in.

Cornish Coastal Path

Tuesday April 29th

Kynance Cove to Coverack

11½ miles

Just a little late in posting this walk but being in France during May gave little chance to write about the latest section that Hannah and I walked. Last year’s walk was overcome by thick fog and an executive decision was taken to head straight for the pub at Kynance for a little rest and restitution and to take the weight of Alex’s blisters and my knees (Alex is the eldest daughter, Hannah the youngest).

This year it was bright and warm and we could enjoy the spectacle of walking around to The Lizard. There were fewer ups and downs than last year although in places the path was narrow and at time overgrown. Occasional re-routes were necessary because of the winter’s storms but the going was good and the views spectacular.

Coffee stop at the picturesque Cadgwith sustained us through Poltesco and Kennack Sands until we found a suitable rock for a picnic lunch, looking towards the Fort and Black Head. After Black Head, the left knee began to ache and progress downhill became a little painful but a pint or two at The Paris, on the harbour wall at Coverack, seemed to do the trick.

We passed many walkers, some serious and always willing to pass the time of day, others not so and they did lack some of the path etiquette and politeness. I do expect a smile and a nod and even a few words but many were distinctly unfriendly – perhaps the day out was a chore rather than something to be enjoyed.

Luckily, the knee has recovered for all the June walking but there will be a test this weekend, Saturday 21st June with a hilly walk from Cranbrook to Lamberhurst that is part of Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House.

PS: Knee fine today after yesterday’s Three Castles walk – walk will be reported later this week, but it was a hot day for us all.

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