Book 3, Walk 30, Battle Circular

As a means to deter walkers, Harold's dalliance with exhibitionism was somewhat flawed. 6 June '07.

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Book 3, Walk 30, Battle Circular

6 June '07.

06-Jun-07 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Book 3, Walk 30, Battle Circular

A view from Battle. 6 June '07.

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Tumbledown building

Battle Circular

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Painted Lady

Battle Circular

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View with windmill

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Cow

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Battle Circular walk

The 1066 County Path, picturesque Battle and its Abbey

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sat, 06-Jan-18 12

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
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?
Regards
Charlotte
Two options? Neither intended nor stated. 9.15 train or nothing.
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.
Thank
12 on this walk, including one newcomer who we hope enjoyed her day. It was 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.
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.
Wed, 05-Oct-16 16

Wednesday Walk - Undulating walk through 1066 Country: Battle Circular

SWC Walk 30 – Battle Circular (in Reverse)
Length: 20.3 km (12.7 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 450 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 10.15 train to Hastings from Charing Cross (10.18 W’loo East, 10.23 London Bridge, then Orpington, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge etc.), arriving Battle at 11.42
Return trains: 17.01, 17.36, 18.07, 18.36, 19.02, xx.07 hours (about 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 and picturesque town of Battle. Woods, valleys, far views, fairly undulating, and well worth it.
With this necessarily late start, we’ll reverse the walk (yes, yes: it’s therefore map/gpx-led), so that the lunch stop can be in Netherfield (6.5 km/4.0 mi) with two good pubs to choose from, rather than in Catsfield, with its rather basic, if charming, one pub. Our options are: The White Hart (food to 14.30) and the Netherfield Arms.
For tea there’s lots of choice in Battle, first and foremost The Pilgrim’s Rest, but also plenty of cafés (you’d need to put your skates on to get back in time for those, of course…).
For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos, and gpx/kml files click here.
Next Week: Book 1 Walk 6 - Liphook to Haslemere; 15.0 km; 4/10 rating. (Wye Circular is pp'd to Nov due to the pub being closed next week)
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Intend going.
me 'n deputy dawg hope to go..
Hoping to come tomorrow for the first time
How will I recognize you guys at Charing Cross Station?
meet at the end of the journey on platform.
me & dawg not fit enough yet for this 13 miler..
Thanks Sorry you're not coming!
Thomas G? Hope you can make it!
Jem
sure, as will others, you're not going to be stuck just with me...
LOL Great! See you tomorrow!
1 on an earlier train (caught at lunch), 2 off a later train (1 befuddled by the new arrangements at LBG, 1 missing a connection to Orpington), 13 off the posted slow coach to Hastings, i.e.: 16 walkers in total on this perfect day for a country walk, namely sunny with a cooling easterly wind.
Walking this in reverse worked well with the late start, as if you're going to miss out on the cafes in Battle on the return anyway, you might as well get the road walking through town along the High Street out of the way in the morning. It also meant we walked 'into the view' from lunch, i.e.: towards the sea and the rolling hills.
Reverse reading the directions proved to be relatively straightforward, a couple of times though with kind assistance of the gpx ers.
Most people hadn't done this walk before, so they were a bit surprised by the beauty of it, the rolling hills, far views, quiet varied woods etc.
Lunch at the Netherfield Arms was just perfect, and the later White Hart in Catsfield proved a temptation not to be resisted by most of the group. We were caught there by the late starters, and most of us then had another drink and/or cake in Battle at the Abbey Hotel.
Jolly day out, 18.36 train for the three stoppers.
Just a couple of points to add to Thomas's post. The later stages of the walk were the best. The stretch past Penns Wood, up Tent Hill with glorious views looking back and then onward to Stevens Crouch was some of the best walking I've done for a while. I also can't recall walking alongside or through any arable fields.
How about reversing some other walks? Some old classics would work really well; Seaford to Glynde next Spring anyone?
Sat, 20-Dec-14 9 Battle Circular
Sat, 01-Jun-13 7 Battle Circular
Sat, 06-Aug-11 Battle Circular
Sun, 04-Jul-10 Battle Circular
Sat, 05-Sep-09 Battle Circular
Sat, 05-Jul-08 Battle Circular
Sun, 27-Apr-08 Battle Circular
Sat, 22-Sep-07 Battle Circular
Wed, 06-Jun-07 Battle Circular