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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Sunday Walk - A Coastal Classic: Winchelsea to Hastings

Length: 19.5 km (12.1 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 495 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10

[Sunset down there on the coast will be at 15.52, giving sufficient light for walking to 16.20 at least. And the last 20 minutes or so are along lit streets.]

Take the 09.42 Minster train from St. Pancras I’nal (09.49 Stratford  I’nal), change at Ashford (10.19/10.25) onto the Eastbourne service, arriving Winchelsea at 10.51
From Victoria take the 08.41 train to Ashford via Bromley South and Sevenoaks, arrives 10.03. 
Return trains: xx.19 (Victoria), xx.26 (St. Pancras via Ashford), xx.31 xx.50 (both Charing X).
Buy a Hastings Return  (incl. High Speed Surcharge).

A gentle start through the marshes along the 1066 Country-Path and two pubs to choose from. After lunch, a great coastal cliff-walk with 4 steep climbs before fish and chips on Hastings seafront and the finish through the Old Town up to the station.

There is a “Christmas Pop-Up Emporium” at the Stade Hall on the Seafront, but only to 16.00 hours…

For  walk directions, a map, a height profile, gpx/kml files, and photos click here.

Lunch: The Queen’s Head in Icklesham (4.7 km/2.9 mi, food from 12.00) or The Royal Oak in Pett (8.0 km/5.0 mi, food all day).
Tea: Plenty options in Hastings. See the webpage or the pdf for details. T=1.25


Andrew said...

Ecclesbourne Glen (the last steep climb before Hastings) is still blocked by a landslip. Locals still use the (officially closed) coast path. I've added directions for the inland diversion - contour around the glen, rather than (down then up) crossing it.

If you take the inland diversion, please could you walk-check the directions.

Thanks, Andrew

Thomas G said...

N=7 in w=sunny-then-overcast-with-a-little-rain-late-on-and-always-windy weather.
Plenty of standing water in the marshes, kind of useful for getting rid of the copious mud acquired around field gates and along fenced paths. The wind was strong and in the faces yet we got to the Royal Oak within 5 minutes of the booked time. A very pleasant pub with well portioned tasty food and friendly staff. On down to Cliff End and on to the Fire Hills, then down and up through the three glens. We used the blocked route (a bit slippier than usual, but no serious obstacle) and got up the final ascent bang on 4 o'clock. So we saw Hastings as the lights started to come on, yet could still clearly see the South Downs at Eastbourne.
Just before that there were some marvellous cloudscapes, as the dark rain clouds broke to reveal mainly blue sky and some red-tinged fluffy clouds.
We were a few minutes late for the next fast connection via Ashford (16.25) and the next one was cancelled so took the 16.50 to Charing Cross.

Thomas G said...

I should add that the closed path out of Ecclesbourne Glen is clearly maintained by someone (but probably not the Council) as the growth on the sides was neatly cut back and - even after 3 (?) years of closure - all steps are still in place and in good nick, despite the landslips.