1066 Country Walk
In 1066, William, Duke of Normandy brought his army to Pevensey, Sussex and went on to defeat King Harold in the town of Battle in what many people know as the Battle of Hastings. You can follow in the steps of William the Conqueror taking in historical sites on a generally low level walk through ancient towns and villages, such as Winchelsea and Rye, over hillsides and through woodland, and passing oast houses and windmills. The route includes the Normans' landing point at Pevensey and the battle site, and the castles at Pevensey and Herstmonceux.
What you will see on the way:
Battle Abbey and the scene of the Battle of Hastings
Carr Taylor Vineyard where you can enjoy free wine tasting
The hilltop town of Winchelsea, with its old church
The old town of Rye with its picturesque cobbled streets
Pick up this free pack of six 'walk and ride' trails based around the Kent & East Sussex Railway, England's finest example of a rural light railway. The trails give access to some of the finest walking country in the south of England and are suitable for experienced or novice walkers and designed with easy to follow OS maps. Linear and circular walks are included and are between one and a quarter and three and a half hours duration, giving sufficient time to visit places of interest such as Bodiam Castle , Bodiam Boating Station and Great Dixter House and Gardens en route, regardless of the time of year. The packs are available from the railway at Tenterden Town station.
A 3 mile generally easy walk with stiles and some muddy paths (depending on weather) starting from Beckley Village, 5.5 miles from Rye. Buses are available between Hastings and Northiam. Visit: East Sussex County Council - Beckley walk for more information and a route map.
Bedgebury – The National Pinetum and Forest
Open 365 days a year, Bedgebury Forest is one of the largest in the Southeast. Cycling, walking, horse riding – Bedgebury is a safe destination for year round multi–activity recreation for all ages and abilities. Bedgebury also houses the beautiful and unique National Pinetum where you can see the tallest tree in the county.
Broad Oak Walk, Brede
Starting from the Rainbow Trout pub in Brede, 1.5 miles from Doleham Station (Marshlink Line) or a bus ride from Rye. An easy three mile circular route via Broad Oak with views across the Brede valley. For more information read East Sussex County Council's Broad Oak Walk Leaflet (.pdf 304KB).
Camber Castle Walk
A 3 mile easy walk from Brede Lock (just outside of Rye) to Camber Castle and through the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, protected for its plentiful and rare wildlife.
For further information visit Short Walks in the Rye Countryside or pick up the Short Walks in the Rye Countryside leaflet at the Rye Tourist Information Centre.
For a longer 4.5 mile walk to Camber Castle starting from Rye Station read East Sussex County Council's Camber Castle Walk Leaflet (.pdf 304KB).
Cock Marling Walk, Winchelsea
A 4-mile country walk starting from Winchelsea Station, climbing to a ridge overlooking the Brede valley. For more information visit: East Sussex County Council – Cock Marling walk, Winchelsea.
Doleham Walk, Brede
A 6 mile average–grade country walk starting at Doleham Railway Station (on the Marshlink Line) around the Brede valley, to the village of Brede, passing the historic Brede Valley Waterworks. Visit: East Sussex County Council - Doleham walk, Brede for a route map and more information.
A 4 mile, easy–grade walk from the village of Peasmarsh through woodland and across fields to the earthwork remains of Iden Moat. For more information and a route map visit: East Sussex County Council - Peasmarsh walk, near Rye.
Eight Country Walks around Rye
The Rye Partnership and SEEDA have helped to publish a collection of eight walks which can be purchased from the Rye Tourist Information Centre.
Leasam Hill and Playden Church – 2.5 miles
Camber Castle and Winchelsea – 6 miles
Rye Harbour and Nature Reserve – 4 miles
Peasmarsh Church and Cadborough Cliff – 8 miles
Camber Sands and East Guldeford – Camber 3.5 miles, full walk 8.5 miles
Iden Park and River Rother – 7 miles
Winchelsea and Icklesham – 5 miles
Tillingham Valley and Cadborough Cliff – 3.5 miles
Explore the beautiful countryside around Brightling and Burwash with outstanding views over rolling Sussex countryside and these bizarre but wonderful landmarks.
Hastings Country Park
267 hectares (600 acres) of ancient woodland, heathland and grassland together with 5 kilometres of dramatic cliffs and coastline. Lying within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, most of the park has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a proposed Local Nature Reserve. Cycling is not permitted.
Alexandra Park Tree Walk
A 1km stroll through this lovingly restored Victorian Park with some of the UK's rarest trees.
Royal Military Canal Path
The path runs for 28 miles along the entire length of the Royal Military Canal from Seabrook, Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex. Many public footpaths link to the Path, so it is easy to plan circular routes that take in sections of the canal. For suggested itineraries and ways to walk the path in a few days visit: Royal Military Canal website.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
A network of footpaths allows free access whatever the season. The Nature Reserve lies within a large triangle of land extending south from Rye, along the River Rother, past Rye Harbour to the sea, westward to Winchelsea Beach and northwards along the River Brede. Two gentle circular walk routes begin at the car park in Rye Harbour village.
Saxon Shore Way
163 miles from Hastings to Gravesend, the route follows the original Saxon shore line from the Thames Estuary, down the Wantsum Channel, along the White Cliffs and on into Sussex. The Way is clearly shown on OS maps and signed on the ground. For more information visit: The Ramblers Association.
These are just a few of Hastings & 1066 Country's more challenging walks!
By following the railway line between Hastings and Ashford you can cross the stunning Romney Marsh and pass through the 'Ancient' towns of Rye and Winchelsea.
Along the way you'll find a huge variety of walks and cycle routes, some covering local nature reserves and others following the Royal Military Canal.
The Cuckoo Trail
Winding through the Wealden countryside linking Eastbourne, Pevensey, Polegate, Hailsham, Horam and Heathfield, this 16 mile (25 kilometre) disused railway line features fantastic public art along the way with a cuckoo hidden in each of the pieces!
Pett Pools Nature Reserve
The perfect location for bird watching and discovering rare . The terrain might be hard going but it's certainly rewarding.
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