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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Saturday Walk - 1066 Country: Battle Circular

Length: 20.3 km (12.7 mi)
Ascent/Descent:  450 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness:  6 out of 10

Take the 09.15 Hastings train from Charing Cross, (09.18 W’loo East, 09.24 London Bridge, then Orpington, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge etc.), arriving Battle at 10.42
Return trains: 16.07, 16.44, 17.07, 17.37, 18.07, 18.37, then xx.07 hours (90 mins journey time).  

Long journey on – possibly – the slowest railway line in the south east to a walk through 1066-Country, centred on the charming town of Battle. Woods, Valleys, far views, fairly undulating, but well worth it.

Lunch: The White Hart in Catsfield (4.5 km/2.8 mi), The White Hart (food to 14.30) and the Netherfield Arms (food to14.00), both in Netherfield (13.5 km/8.4 mi).
For tea there’s lots of choice in Battle, first and foremost The Pilgrim’s Rest, but also plenty of cafés.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos, and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.30


Charlotte said...

Hi, there seem to be two options, an earlier or a later start, depending on visiting the abbey or not.
If I am planning on joining whoever else is walking, how do I know which time to aim for?

Thomas G said...

Two options? Neither intended nor stated. 9.15 train or nothing.

Anonymous said...

I think Charlotte was referring to the further walk info to be found under 'Features' and then 'Saturday Walkers Club.' Stick with 9.15 train, though, Charlotte.

Charlotte said...


Walker said...

N=12 on this walk, including one newcomer who we hope enjoyed her day. It was w=a-grey-day but not as cold as threatened and with no rain apart from a light shower at the very end. It was definitely muddy, though - a positive gloop-fest in places and a paddle crossing some fields. The waterproofing of boots was tested and in several cases found wanting. But the compensation was some fine scenery and grand views.

It was eight miles to lunch in Netherfield, but apart from one walker who employed a magic carpet and got there well ahead of us (having lagged in the morning), we all got there around 1.45, well in time to be served. The White Hart proved to be a lovely pub with delicious food, good portions, polite service and a gloriously warm log fire. We emerged at 3pm for the very scenic last third of the walk, up hill and down dale, then a magnificent final climb in the gathering gloom to Battle. There we were just in time for tea at a new tea room whose name I forget but which earned my approval by offering huge Belgian buns (note to tea room owners: more buns please!!).

Most of us then crossed the road to the pub for drinks beside a blazing wood stove and just about caught the......18 something? ....... train (and apologies to the one walker who just missed this: I nearly missed it myself). Then the long train ride back to civilisation with only a bottle of £4.99 Costcutter wine to refresh us.

Thomas G said...

Battle Bakes and Cakes it was (open to 6 on Saturday unlike the other places in town that turned us away at 16.35 already). 18.07 train.