A Little Something for 2020

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Explore the history and the industrial past of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on a walk between the four great National Trust properties; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s.

Re-walked, revised and updated for 2019, the guidebook takes you on a journey through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty across Kent and East Sussex

“It’s a highly original work and the well-written guidebook is full of interesting historical information including smugglers’ tales, rebellions, industry and murders.” Walk, the magazine of The Ramblers, March 2016.

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

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

Next Talk– Walking the High Weald

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House

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This talk is an engaging account of a walk between four National Trust properties; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s, that explores the history and the industrial past of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this part of Kent and East Sussex.

And such a varied landscape brings together tales to tell of Mad Jack Fuller and Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and Captain Swing. There are tales of smugglers and Mechanical riots, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge and, of course, that ‘vengeful dragon’ in Angley Wood.  Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House will take you on a picturesque and enjoyable tour of the High Weald – without getting mud on your boots.

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

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

Next Talk– Walking the High Weald

Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House

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This talk is an engaging account of a walk between four National Trust properties; Bodiam Castle, Sissinghurst Castle, Scotney Castle and Bateman’s, that explores the history and the industrial past of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in this part of Kent and East Sussex.

And such a varied landscape brings together tales to tell of Mad Jack Fuller and Bloody Baker, Admiral ‘Foulweather Jack’ Norris, and Captain Swing. There are tales of smugglers and Mechanical riots, Napoleon’s horse, aliens in Robertsbridge and, of course, that ‘vengeful dragon’ in Angley Wood.  Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House will take you on a picturesque and enjoyable tour of the High Weald – without getting mud on your boots.

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

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

Next Talk – A Walk around Rye

A Town Ramble

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Proud Rye, sat on a hill and Queen of all she surveys.

An island kingdom once surrounded by sea but the winds and the storms won a great battle and the sea retreated leaving the town marooned inland.

Rye, with its medieval airs and cobbled streets, its history as a Cinque Port, the smugglers and its people, has been written about and photographed to distraction, after all, it is one of the most picturesque towns in England.

For centuries, Sussex’s poor roads had isolated Rye enabling it to remain unscathed from the developer’s whims that had changed many other south coast towns. By the time that the Turnpike roads arrived in the late 18th century and the railway in 1851, Rye’s charms within its citadel were secure and soon came to the attention of writers and artists seeking inspiration.

There are museums, remnants of fortifications, galleries, old houses, pubs and coffee shops, literary connections and tales of smuggled brandy, tea and tobacco.

This walk and talk will bring some sense to the orderly and disorderly streets, twitchels, passages and history but, be careful, for when not sailing the Spanish Main, that dastardly pirate Captain Pugwash may be watching you, home for a holiday to visit his creator, John Ryan.

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

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

There is more to St Leonards on Sea than the Promenade

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There is more to St Leonards on Sea than the Promenade.

There is much to admire along the front but hidden away behind the houses, on the very edge of the town, is a history that stretches back at least one thousand years.

Landing places for Duke William’s fleet, a Saxon Manor house, the finest race course in the South-East and a Church hidden away in an ancient wood are all part of the legacy of St Leonards on Sea.

Take your time and embrace the history of St Leonards on Sea.

History Walks Talks and Books by David Clarke

History Walks No 1: A Green Walk around St Leonards on Sea – More than just Footsteps on a Path.

Pub Walks in 1066 Country

I want to tempt you with some short but exhilarating walks, a wealth of fascinating local history, good pubs and of course, good beer.

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Here is a selection of four Pub walks that encourage you to explore 1066 Country on foot and in the process, discover some tremendous country walks.

I am not claiming they are the best pubs but they are ones that I enjoy, chosen for their location, beer and conviviality and the opportunity to walk, to explore and discover the 1066 Countryside.

All the walks are accessible by public transport, mostly by Stagecoach services, and the occasional train. Leave the car at home and enjoy a pint and let the ‘bus’ take the strain.

In these Four Pub Walks, it is the walk that takes pride of place and that welcome pint in that friendly pub is the reward for all your effort.

Enjoy the experience.

The Ramblers have crowned Hastings Old Town as Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood 2018

Pub Walks in 1066 Country is available now from Hastings Tourist Information, Hastings Pier, The Bookkeeper (Kings Road St Leonards) and British Design, British Made and AHA in Battle or direct from History Walks

History Walks – more than just steps on a footpath.

www.1066haroldsway.co.uk 

Rock a Nore to De La Warr

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This is a walk that starts at Rock a Nore, at the easterly extreme of Hastings, and finishes at the De La Warr – that grand art deco pavilion on Bexhill’s promenade.

It is an historic route with much to occupy the imagination.

It is a hop on and hop off kind of walk, do as little or as much as you want but it is not a race. Take your time and enjoy the history with plenty of opportunity to stop for tea, coffee and, if warm enough, ice creams with a Stagecoach bus to take you home.

The Ramblers have crowned Hastings Old Town as

Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood 2018

Rock a Nore to De La Warr is available now from Hastings Tourist Information, Hastings Pier and The Bookkeeper, Kings Road St Leonards.

and direct from

History Walks

History Walks – more than just steps on a footpath

http://www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Something for the weekend

If it is not too cold or it is not too wet and the match on the television is not worth watching, try something a little special to add a little extra to the weekend.

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Walk from General Havelock to the Pier and back around the America Ground.

You may have walked the route many times before but on History Walks there will always be something new to catch your attention before indulging in that much needed pint.

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Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards is available from

  • Hastings Tourist Information, Breeds Place Hastings
  • The Bookkeeper, Kings Road, St Leonards
  • Mail Order fro History Walks www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Tis the season to be walking

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Kick the leaves in Alexandra Park this Christmas and treat yourself to a pint at The North Star before returning home.

You deserve it.

Watch the walk on You Tube http://www.1066haroldsway.co.uk/you-tube

Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards is available now from Hastings Tourist Information and from The Bookkeeper, Kings Road, St Leonards on Sea.

Also by mail order from History Walks www.1066haroldsway.co.uk

Temptation

 

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‘Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards’ will tempt you with some short but exhilarating walks, a wealth of fascinating local history, good pubs and of course, good beer.

But to discover Hastings and St Leonards’ best beers you will need to strike out beyond the promenade – and take a brave step that often defeats many visitors, and even residents, by visiting places that are not on the usual tourist trails.

This selection of five Pub walks will encourage you to explore another side to Hastings and St Leonards and in the process, discover some tremendous urban trails.

Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards is available now from Hastings Tourist Information, Breeds Place Hastings and from The Bookkeeper, Kings Road St Leonards.

Also available to download as an e-book from Kindle

and direct from History Walks