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|Battle and the Great Wood|
|Author: Claire, Published: 08 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Battle|
|A 5 mile circular trail from the railway station of Battle in East Sussex. The town gets its name from the Battle of Hastings which was fought between Harold the Saxon King and William the Conqueror in 1066. The battle was so significant it changed the course of English history. The walk heads out from the station to pass through a long section of the Great Wood, a coniferous plantation managed by the Forestry Commission, before heading back into the centre of the town where you have the opportunity to explore some of the historic sites including the abbey which was built by William to mark the site of his victory. |
The walk has several long and steady climbs and descents throughout and the paths are a mixture of roadside pavements and mud field/forest paths, the latter of which can be both overgrown and muddy so long trousers and sturdy footwear are recommended. There are no stiles and just a couple of kissing gates. There are public toilets available at the station at the start of the walk. Entrance fees apply for entrance to the abbey. Approximate time 2 to 3 hours plus extra time if you wish to explore the abbey in full.
The walk starts and ends at Battle Railway Station on Station Approach in Battle, East Sussex. The station has a large pay and display car park alongside it. Approximate post code TN33 0DE.
|Start to Harrier Lane|
Start point: 50.9129 lat, 0.4947 long
From Battle Railway Station, head along Station Approach to reach the T-junction with the main road. Turn left to follow the pavement and continue as it heads steadily uphill. Immediately after passing the petrol station on the right, turn left into St Marys Villas. Follow the tarmac bollarded road as it swings right passing a number of properties on the right.
|Harrier Lane to Great Wood|
Start point: 50.914 lat, 0.4995 long
Turn right along the edge of the road for just 200 yards and, just before the tarmac pavement begins, you will see a footpath signpost on the right hand side. Turn right on the footpath and a few paces in keep left at the fork on the narrow mud footpath through the scrubland. Cross over the stream via the narrow sleeper bridge and continue ahead as the path swings uphill.
|Great Wood to 1066 Country Path|
Start point: 50.9137 lat, 0.5054 long
As you enter the wood, turn immediately right and join the wide grass track ahead. As you reach a junction with the main stone track, cross over (diagonally right) to continue on the wide grass and stone track. Follow the path as it bends gradually left and after some distance another path will merge in from the right. A few hundred yards further, at the brow of the hill, turn right.
|1066 Country Path to Marley Lane|
Start point: 50.9155 lat, 0.5224 long
Follow the 1066 Country Path, a wide forest track, ahead for some distance ignoring any paths off to the left and right.
|Marley Lane to Kissing Gate|
Start point: 50.9161 lat, 0.5036 long
Turn left onto the grass verge running alongside Marley Lane, taking care of the traffic. On the left you will pass Blackfriars Oast, a property with a pair of oast chimneys, typical of the East Sussex and Kent area. After passing Harrier Lane on the left, cross over the road to join the tarmac pavement on the opposite side and continue following Marley Lane towards the centre of Battle.
|Kissing Gate to Mount Street|
Start point: 50.9146 lat, 0.4906 long
Turn right through the kissing gate to follow Malfosse Walk heading downhill. Follow the field edge path down and to the right. At the bottom cross the long footbridge to the left and then continue across a narrow sleeper bridge a few paces later. Continue straight ahead across the middle of the next field, passing to the right of the large tree in its centre. A few paces later take the right hand fork on the lower path.
|Mount Street to Battle Abbey|
Start point: 50.9184 lat, 0.4848 long
Turn left along Mount Street, passing Battle Baptist Church which dates from 1820, on the right. Turn left into Old Ladies Court, passing through a courtyard of shops and then follow the courtyard to the right to reach the High Street. Turn left along the High Street.
|Battle Abbey to End|
Start point: 50.9152 lat, 0.4859 long
The town of Battle grew up around the abbey which was built by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings out of gratitude for the victory and as a monument to the thousands that died on 14 October 1066. The abbey was built between 1070 and 1094 and the high alter was placed on the point that King Harold is thought to have lost his life. Today the abbey ruins and battle grounds are managed by English Heritage (entrance fees apply). From the street the impressive abbey gatehouse, added in 1338, can be enjoyed. Take time to enter and explore the abbey site should you wish.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A good walk but it was very very muddy in places - but then in is February and it had been raining for a good week before! would definitely do it again.
|By nikirichards on 06 Feb 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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Uploaded: 08 Sep 2012
The Battle Abbey - September 2012
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Uploaded: 08 Sep 2012
Looking through the town to the Abbey - September 2012
|Image by: louad |
Uploaded: 28 Mar 2015
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Uploaded: 28 Mar 2015
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