A Little Something for 2020

3Cs Scotney

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

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.


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


‘Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award’

The Ramblers

Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award’

As part of a campaign to boost urban walking, ‘The Ramblers’ has launched a competition to find the best urban walk and one of the top ten nominated Towns is


There is more to Hastings then the promenade.

With its amazing views, its wealth of history, with its castle, coast, cliffs, coves and woodlands, its tales of intrigue and smuggling, it is a great place to walk.

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‘History Walks’ supports Old Town Hastings in its bid for the Best Urban Walk

Voting closes on March 13th –  Vote Now, Vote here


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The Further Adventures of Javier and Gavin

1066 Harold’s Way

Walking Maidstone to Sissinghurst

Hi Javier,

I’m glad that the leg is all good again and that you are back walking.

Great film and it certainly seemed a moody day. I noticed some new fences and some paths cleared but as always there are paths that are not up to the usual standard. Thanks for reporting the obstacles.


I’m sure that the film it will bring back many happy memories to all those who have walked 1066 Harold’s Way and perhaps those who plan to walk the route in the future – I’ve posted the link to the History Walks Blog.

15th October is a fitting date to finish as it is the 950th Anniversary weekend for the Battle of Hastings.

Here is the important bit – stickers attached.

Best regards



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Hi David,

I have recovered so Gavin and I have done two more stages last Saturday. I have reported to the Ramblers one of the paths because the farmer is growing sweetcorn without keeping the path, on another path there was a locked gate and another path was heavily overgrown. We’ll do the last 2 stages probably on 15th October.

Introduction to the History Walks Pub Blog


Beer 2As I sit and dream of past walks and future walks from the comfort of the sitting room with the street lights on and the rain seemingly lashing down outside I think of some of the highlights of the year’s walks and where I might expect to walk in the coming year.

This ‘down’ time is invariably taken up with writing, research and route planning, trying to link up buses and trains with the start and finish and of course finding pubs and inns for lunchtime stops or the end of walk swopping of stories.

It is a difficult job but someone must do it and it is one that I refuse to delegate.

This blog is written to pass on some of those experiences and is complementary to my books, published by Bretwalda Books, which are available or will become available through Amazon and the usual high street bookshops.

The Pub Blog should be read as a lively and essential travelling companion for anyone in the South-East England who intends to walk 1066 Harold’s Way, Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House and 1066 Harold’s Way, The Final Journey.

All the walks are accessible by public transport in some form or other, some more dependent on the vagaries of rural bus services than others, but it is possible to complete the walks without the need for a car at the start and finish of each of these linear walks. That finishing pint tastes all the better for not having to drive.

As befitting my History Walks, I hope that I have taken into account a wide range of interests as this is not purely a blog for the hardened drinker or the hardy hiker.

Crammed with anecdotes, local tales and informative snippets of history the intention is to treat the pub as a well-deserved reward after a hard day’s walk or that little respite before those last three of four miles.

They are all my personal or my group of history walkers reflections and as such are tried and tested and true to the date that I, or we, enjoyed their hospitality. I am a member of CAMRA, The Ramblers and the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) but I won’t let that cloud my judgment of a good walker’s Pub or Inn.

Read the blog in conjunction with the book before starting out as it’s sensible to get an idea of the mileage involved, the public transport available and the overall difficulty of the walk. Each entry will include the name of the walk, location within the walk, a walk description and transport links to help you along the way

It is recommended that Ordnance Survey maps supplement the detailed step by step walk notes and hand drawn maps in each guide. I should also stress the following before starting out on any of the walks, information that is reiterated in each guidebook;

  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. The advisability of warm and protective clothing, boots and waterproof jackets or sunhat and sun cream etc depending on the conditions
  • A couple of points of pub protocol on arriving at the pub; please don’t eat your own sandwiches in the pub, and take off your muddy boots outside.
  • Please mention the book and the walk, all the landlords that I have talked to have expressed their welcome for walkers and for History Walkers in particular after all, their pub or inn is in the guidebook.
  • Many of the pubs feature gardens for summer enjoyment and often, it is easier to accommodate groups of ten or so outside rather than inside.

Of course things change and your comments are welcome, provided they are justified.

Finally remember the Country Code of which this is a shortened version.

  • Guard against all risk of fire, especially in, or near, woodland.
  • Fasten all gates that you open securely and, if you climb
  • Keep dogs under control. Farmers have been known to shoot even friendly ones.
  • Keep to the path when crossing farmland.
  • Respect other people’s property and privacy.
  • Litter is matter in the wrong place; keep yours with you.
  • Avoid damaging hedges, fences and walls.
  • Don’t contaminate streams, rivers, ponds or lakes.
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
  • Please walk and drive with special care on narrow country roads.
  • The full Country Code can be read at: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/enjoying/countrysidecode/default.aspx

28th July 2014