1066 Country Walk

Pevensey to Rye
1066 Country Walk sculpture, Pevensey

About

Thanks to a grant of £160,000 secured from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development by Rother District Council Cultural Development, the 1066 Country Walk is undergoing a revamp and by the end of September 2021 will have new signage, information panels, benches and sculptures in situ.

 

About the walk


The 31-mile 1066 Country Walk is a relatively easy, low-level route through countryside that witnessed the Norman Conquest. Starting at Pevensey Castle (though you can start in Rye), it passes Herstmonceux Castle, the historic 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, medieval Winchelsea, ending in historic Rye.

Much of the walk passes through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a typical medieval landscape with rolling hills and valleys, atmospheric marshes, ancient woodland, historic towns, quaint villages, old churches, rustic farms, elegant estates, oast houses and windmills, and plenty of cosy pubs and cafés along the way.


Illustrated Guide
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​​​​​a green background with a small blue horse in centre. Ribbon above says 1066 country walk. White text below says Walker's Guide, for use in conjunction with OS Explorer Map 124.

This breaks the walk into six easy sections, each of which takes 3-4 hours, and should be used in conjunction with the OS Explorer map 124. 

Or why not make a longer break of it? There are plenty of places to stay along the route. 


Sculptures


Created by local artist Keith Pettit, the ten wooden sculptures along the Walk are inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the heritage of 1066 Country. 

All 18 information panels are expected to be in place by the end of September 2021.


The ten sculpture in order of location: 

Landings
Norman Longboat at Pevensey Castle (accessible by wheelchair)

Isti Mirant Stella
Halley’s Comet crossed the sky just before the invasion, Herstmonceux Castle (accessible by wheelchair)
OS Map ref: TQ 64545 04820

Rest
The horses that played a vital role in the invasion, Ash Tree Inn, Ashburnham

Window
The animals depicted in the border of the Bayeux Tapestry, beside Great Park Farm (accessible by wheelchair)
OS Map ref: TQ 72697 14575

Bound Division
King Harold, King William and the Crown, hidden in trees by the path, outside Battle Abbey
OS Map ref: TQ 74465 15645

Hidden Truth
The crown over which the battle was fought, Battle Great Woods

Farbanks Henge
Monoliths overlook the Normans’ new realm, Pattletons Farm, Westfield
OS Map ref: TQ 83095 16185#

Legacies
Saxon and Norman roots entwine in the English language, Lower Snailham Farm, Guestling

The Watcher
A sentry watching for the arriving Norman fleet, Wickham Manor Farm, Winchelsea
OS Map ref: TQ 89825 16405

Treow (Old English for Tree) 
A Bayeux Tapestry tree, start of the path at Rye (accessible by wheelchair)


Images shown in order.  All photography by Jim Holden


 

1066 Puddings and Pathways Festival


Look out for the annual 1066 Country Walk Puddings and Pathways Festival - free professional street theatre at eateries on various dates along the route. 

1066 Puddings

You’ll also find delicious 1066 themed puddings at eateries along the route, which raises the question ‘how many puddings can you eat in one walk?’

List coming soon…

 


Partners

A poster showing the logos for; The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, EU; Rother District Council; Wealden District Council; 1066 Country; 18 Hours events; The Sussex Sign Company.


 

Blog updates


1 December 2020: 1066 Country Walk sculptures take their place

18 June 2020: First sculpture completed for 1066 Country Walk makeover

5 March 2020: Historic route gets major facelift to boost tourism and business

 

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