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Imagine 1066, the Battle of Hastings and King Harold’s epic journey to his date with destiny.

Imagine being part of King Harold’s army, did it rain, was it dry? Three days of marching, the nights were drawing in, the noise, the fear and a battle to face – a camp at Rochester, a camp at Bodiam and a final climb to Caldbec Hill.

For the 14th October 1066 is one of the most emotive dates in English history and Harold’s march to the Battle of Hastings is the stuff of legends.

Follow in King Harold’s footsteps, along the probable route to the Battle of Hastings, a walk that starts at Westminster Abbey and finishes at Battle Abbey, East Sussex.

Be part of 1066 Harold’s Way – the start of your adventure.

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

1066 Harold’s Way

1066 King Harold’s March from London

King Harold’s march from London is encapsulated in 1066 Harold’s Way, a 100mile
long distance walk from Westminster Abbey to Battle Abbey inspired by King
Harold II’ s epic journey to the Battle of Hastings.
There can be no more emotive walk or talk.

1066 HW Hastings Mens Senior Forum

For information on this and other talks visit:        www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

More Talking Less Walking

 

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

Beer Paradise

The Dog and Bell  ‘Beer Paradise’

116 Prince Street, London SE8 3JD Tel: 020 8692 5664

Quoted in 1066 Harold’s Way as a ‘beer paradise’, five years later it does not disappoint.

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Repainted a striking and vivid red, that heralded a change in licensee in November 2016, I would suggest that this hidden gem has improved still further with a new youthful energy and the charm of Ellie the licensee.

Wooden floors, polished bar and a new terrace at the back adorned heavy wooden benches and tables that will stand the test of many sessions.

On offer on this quiet warm Monday were: Stamps Brewery Blonde Momment @3.6%, Magpie Gold@4.4%, Black Jack Poker Face @4.2%, London Pride and a Broadoak cider, Pheasant Plucker@ 4.5% that was slightly sweet to taste.

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The only caution is that there is still a mile or so to walk to Greenwich and further still to the station but in its favour it is a chance for a proper pint and good service before overcrowded Greenwich.

The Dog and Bell still retains it epithet as a beer paradise.

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The Dog and Bell was visited in August 2017 when the sun shone on me whilst updating 1066 Harold’s Way on the walk from Westminster Abbey to Greenwich. A revised 1066 Harold’s Way should be ready for publication in 2018.

www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

The Queen’s Head Sedlescombe

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The epitome of a beautiful English pub, tile hung, deep red bricks add the lustre of another age. Originally 15th century, there have been additions and extensions since Queen Elizabeth I’s time but the mellow brick walls remain and possibly the fireplace although those tiles are 19th century and ‘lie over the original beams and plaster for additional weather-proofing’ (Twenty Centuries in Sedlescombe by Beryl Lucey)

A hint of William Morris, creeper covered walls, brick paving and shrubs by the front door invite you to enter. Luckily, this is no pastiche for there is an attention to detail inside this now dining pub with a bar.

Times change, that country pub devoted to beer has long gone, thankfully in the case of The Queen’s Head for a few years ago the pub was doomed, dying on its feet, dark rooms, insipid beer and what food was available was advertised on fluorescent stickers pinned to the wall behind the bar.

Now food is the driver and excellent it is too with fish and chips and prime beef burgers amidst the risottos, sea bass duck breast and the ‘Specials Board’.  The fish platter shared was very good and despite the walk from Bodiam Castle I forwent beer for a chilled white wine and a pint of soda water on this hot day sat in the garden – very un-Rambler like.

It has that comfortable air inside with little rooms, old table and odd chairs, fires in winter and this particular July Thursday afternoon, a choir rehearsing in the back room.

Service too is very good, attentive without being demanding.

Increased trade has increased the quality of the beer with Harvey’s Best, Long Man Blonde, Sharpe’s Doom and Fuller’s Oliver Island on offer on my walking day.

Remember before you leave add a few coins to the collecting box on the bar – for the village geese – and be especially careful when you drive away to avoid the noisy birds.

I was walking 1066 Harold’s Way (Bodiam Castle to Battle Abbey via Sedlescombe) inspired by King Harold’s epic march to the Battle of Hastings.

 

It is the final section of this long-distance walk, from Westminster Abbey to Battle Abbey, and with just three miles to go it is worth stopping for a pint.

 

The Queen’s Head, The Green, Sedlescombe, East Sussex, TN33 0QA  Tel.  01424 870228

http://www.thequeensheadsedlescombe.com

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