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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thursday Walk: Crowhurst to Battle - a battle to Battle via Westfield, the Pestalozzi Village and the River Brede

Book 1, Walk 35 - Crowhurst to Battle

Length: 20 km (12.4 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

London Charing Cross: 10-15 hrs  Hastings service. Waterloo East 10-18; London Bridge 10-23 hrs
Arrive Crowhurst: 11-46 hrs

Return: Battle to Charing Cross: 17-01, 17-36, 18-07, 18-36, 19-02 and 20-07

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Crowhurst

Sections of today's walk in the morning, between Beauport Park golf course and Westfield, can be overgrown and it can be quite a battle to get through. That said, early in August the Council had cut back the undergrowth and paths were clear and the going was good. Two months on - who knows ! Hopefully you will make Westfield just in time for lunch at the usually excellent and busy The New Inn. Last orders are 'twixt 2-15 and 2-30 pm and do 'phone ahead with your numbers - your e.t.a 2-10 pm if you maintain a steady pace: 01424-752800.

After lunch the going is pleasant and easy as you cross fields and go through the grounds of the Pestalozzi International Village before walking beside the River Brede as you make your way towards Battle, and the site of the Battle of Hastings, and the ruins of the Abbey. Lots of tea options in Battle although many of them close at "Tea Time":  really bugs me how a so-called Tea Shop can close at Tea Time - there should be a law against it........... that apart, this is a good, long walk that gets fewer outings than most Book 1 walks.
Walk directions here: L=1.35


Unknown said...

Simply Italian located in an old pub at 23 High Street does a coffee and cake deal. There is always the ubiquitous Costa, open a little later than most is also located in an old pub in the High Street. The staff in The Chequers are friendly and I am sure the chef would rustle up a pudding or two if needed.

Brian said...

A very pleasant walk through Autumn countryside. Overcast, but dry all the way. Just three of us, but Marcus was one and has done this walk 17 times, so no danger of getting lost! (Although Peter tried to a couple of times........)

Stopped for lunch at Westfield, nice pub (the New Inn) which has its own beer, and a lovely 12th C church. As advertised, the path was a bit overgrown in places, mainly by Hastings Golf Club, but easily passable. Arrived in Battle in time for a quick one at the Senlac, by the station, before catching the 17.36 back to London.

Anonymous said...

n=3 w=overcast-but-dry

Marcus said...

Thanks Brian
Just to mention this walk was the last of the "extra" mid-week walk postings for the time being. Mid-week walkers may recall we introduced these extra walks in February 2017 after a period post New Year when Wednesday walks attracted upwards 20 walkers, which some thought was too many. The extra walks helped even out the mid-week demand and numbers for a while, but of late numbers attending both the Wednesday and alternate Tuesday and Thursday walks have dropped off, so it's time to park the extra walks. You may have noticed some of the draft walks for future Tuesdays and Thursdays have "disappeared" from the walk postings. My apologies if anyone was hoping to go on these walks - they will be rescheduled for another time.