1066 Country Walk

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The 1066 Country Walk traces the route taken by the William the Conqueror and his army through what is now the county of East Sussex when they made the last successful attempt to invade England in October 1066.

The main route begins at Pevensey, heading north then east to reach Senlac Hill, where William's forces faced and defeated those of the English King Harold in what is now the town of Battle. The incident became known as the Battle of Hastings, as Hastings was the nearest population centre at the time that the battle took place. From Battle, the route then continues roughly east to the former Cinque Port town of Rye.

The 1066 Country Walk is around fifty kilometres long, but there are also three link walks connecting the path to the busy coastal towns of Bexhill-on-Sea and Hastings, where the walk connects with the end of the Saxon Shore Way, and to the quiet inland village of Jevington, where the walk connects with the South Downs Way National Trail. The three link walks bring the total distance to around 82 kilometres.

From what I've read, most people traverse the 1066 Country Walk from west to east, beginning in Pevensey and ending in Rye. However, as I had already walked the Saxon Shore Way and would be walking the South Downs Way next, I decided to trace the route from east to west instead.

 StageStart and FinishDateDistance
Rye to Battle 1 Rye to Battle 30 Jun 2011 25.5km
Hastings Link: Hastings to Doleham 2 Hastings Link: Hastings to Doleham 01 Jul 2011 12km
Bexhill Link: Bexhill-on-Sea to Battle 3 Bexhill Link: Bexhill-on-Sea to Battle 02 Jul 2010 10km
Battle to Pevensey 4 Battle to Pevensey 03 Jul 2011 24km
South Downs Link; Pevensey to Jevington 5 South Downs Link: Pevensey to Jevington 04 Jul 2011 11.7km