Book 1, Walk 35 - Crowhurst to Battle
Length: 20 km (12.4 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
London Charing Cross
: 10-15 hrs Hastings service. Waterloo East 10-18; London Bridge 10-23 hrs
: 11-46 hrs
to Charing Cross
: 17-01, 17-36, 18-07, 18-36, 19-02 and 20-07
Rail ticket: buy a day return to Crowhurst
Sections of today's walk in the morning, between Beauport Park golf course and Westfield, can be overgrown and it can be quite a battle to get through. That said, early in August the Council had cut back the undergrowth and paths were clear and the going was good. Two months on - who knows ! Hopefully you will make Westfield just in time for lunch at the usually excellent and busy The New Inn
. Last orders are 'twixt 2-15 and 2-30 pm and do 'phone ahead with your numbers - your e.t.a 2-10 pm if you maintain a steady pace: 01424-752800.
After lunch the going is pleasant and easy as you cross fields and go through the grounds of the Pestalozzi International Village before walking beside the River Brede as you make your way towards Battle, and the site of the Battle of Hastings, and the ruins of the Abbey. Lots of tea options in Battle although many of them close at "Tea Time": really bugs me how a so-called Tea Shop can close at Tea Time - there should be a law against it........... that apart, this is a good, long walk that gets fewer outings than most Book 1 walks.
Walk directions here: L=1.35