25-Mar-05 • Andrew Murphy


25-Mar-05 • Andrew Murphy


25-Mar-05 • Andrew Murphy


25-Mar-05 • Andrew Murphy

Crowhurst Yew

one of two trunks Crowhurst to Battle

30-Jun-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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Through the tunnel, nearing Battle

Never walk through a tunnel while taking a picture.

30-Jun-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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My little pony

Crowhurst to Battle

20-Sep-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Crowhurst to Battle walk

Gentle woods and fields, the Battle of Hastings, and Battle Abbey


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.

Updated: Sun, 06-Jan-19

Date # Post
Thu, 19-Oct-17 3

Thursday Walk: Crowhurst to Battle - a battle to Battle via Westfield, the Pestalozzi Village and the River Brede

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
Arrive Crowhurst: 11-46 hrs

Return: Battle 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

Simply Italian located in an old pub at 23 High Street does a coffee and cake deal. There is always the ubiquitous Costa, open a little later than most is also located in an old pub in the High Street. The staff in The Chequers are friendly and I am sure the chef would rustle up a pudding or two if needed.
A very pleasant walk through Autumn countryside. Overcast, but dry all the way. Just three of us, but Marcus was one and has done this walk 17 times, so no danger of getting lost! (Although Peter tried to a couple of times........)

Stopped for lunch at Westfield, nice pub (the New Inn) which has its own beer, and a lovely 12th C church. As advertised, the path was a bit overgrown in places, mainly by Hastings Golf Club, but easily passable. Arrived in Battle in time for a quick one at the Senlac, by the station, before catching the 17.36 back to London.
3 overcast but dry

Thanks Brian
Just to mention this walk was the last of the "extra" mid week walk postings for the time being. Mid week walkers may recall we introduced these extra walks in February 2017 after a period post New Year when Wednesday walks attracted upwards 20 walkers, which some thought was too many. The extra walks helped even out the mid week demand and numbers for a while, but of late numbers attending both the Wednesday and alternate Tuesday and Thursday walks have dropped off, so it's time to park the extra walks. You may have noticed some of the draft walks for future Tuesdays and Thursdays have "disappeared" from the walk postings. My apologies if anyone was hoping to go on these walks they will be rescheduled for another time.
Sat, 21-May-16 4

Crowhurst to Battle

t=1.35 Length: 20.0km (12.4 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Transport: Take the 9:15 from London Charing Cross / 9:17 from London Waterloo East to Crowhurst arriving 10:46
Return from Battle at xx:07 and xx:37

From the description:

Down the road from the station is the church and ruined manor of Crowhurst, and from farmland nearby – on a clear day – you can see Beachy Head and the sea. The potentially muddy route goes through the woodlands and golf course of Beauport Park, to the church and lunchtime pub in the village of Westfield. It is 9.3km (5.8 miles) to this lunch stop. In the afternoon the route is mainly alongside streams or the River Brede, and passes through the parkland of the Pestalozzi Children's Village. Soon the town, church and abbey of Battle are visible ahead, lining the horizon. You may like to end the day wandering over the site of the Battle of Hastings, by the ruins of the abbey that William the Conqueror built in honour of his victory, and so to the tree marking the spot where King Harold is supposed to have been slain.

It's a bit chilly down here but should be dry for most of the day tomorrow.
Sat, 26-Sep-15 8

Walk 1-35: Crowhurst to Battle

Length: 20km (12.4 miles), Toughness: 4/10

Trains: 9:18 from Cannon Street (LBG 9:23) to Crowhurst arriving at 10:46. Buy a day return to Crowhurst. Return trains from Battle are at xx:07, xx:37 until 19:07 then xx:07

Lunch: The suggested lunch stop is the recently refurbished The New Inn (previously The Old Courthouse) in Westfield about 9.5km into the walk. Also in Westfield, The Plough is 400m off the route.

Tea: There are plenty of cafes and pubs in Battle. The Senlac Inn is near the station.

Directions: For more information including directions, maps, GPS etc. see TOCW1.35

Looks good. Intend going.
Bright and sunny

Five arrived on the train, three in cars.

Beautiful sunny day with lots of lively chatter all morning. Stunning views across the coast, and abundant sloes and damsons everywhere.

Lunch was at the New Inn in Westfield. After lunch two went on ahead to ensure a prompt return to London in time for the rugby!
Sat, 30-Aug-14 11 Crowhurst to Battle
Sat, 18-May-13 6 Crowhurst to Battle
Tue, 05-Jun-12 Crowhurst to Battle
Sat, 27-Aug-11 Crowhurst to Battle
Wed, 20-Oct-10 Crowhurst to Battle
Sat, 28-Aug-10 Crowhurst to Battle
Sat, 01-Aug-09 Crowhurst to Battle
Sat, 20-Sep-08 Crowhurst to Battle
Sat, 01-Sep-07 Crowhurst to Battle
Sun, 01-Jul-07 Crowhurst to Battle