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
, height profile
, some photos
, and gpx/kml files
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)