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1066 Country Walk

A walk through the history of East Sussex from Pevensey to Rye

here for the 1066 Country Walk Web Site.

The walk starts in the village of Pevensey , and traverses East Sussex to the historic town of Rye . Further details of the walk are available from the Local Tourist Offices.

The first part of the walk runs from Pevensey near the town of Eastbourne , where it is believed that William the Conqueror landed in 1066. It continues past Herstmonceux Castle through the village of Boreham Street then into the wilds of East Sussex via Warbleton to the market town of Battle , where the Battle of Hastings took place and the Saxon army was destroyed. This leg of the walk is about 16 miles.

The second stage of the walk is from Battle , running through Westfield , Icklesham , and Winchelsea to the harbour town of Rye . The area has magnificent views and the medieval town of Winchelsea is beautiful. The town of Rye was once the centre of smuggling , mostly the export of wool from the Romney Marsh , and the import of Tobacco and Spirits to and from the mainland of europe.

The 1066 Country walk is steeped in history, and takes you from Roman times via Saxon then Norman , the Wealden iron industry and finally to smuggling.


Villages Referenced

Pevensey Herstmonceux Boreham Street Warbleton Battle Westfield Icklesham Winchelsea Rye

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