Walks And Walking – East Sussex Walks – 1066 Country Walk Walking Route.
We were staying in Combe Haven near St Leonards in East Sussex and, as always, I had just about negotiated a walk whilst we were down there. Perhaps the most famous East Sussex walking route is the 1066 Country Walk which starts in Pevensey and ends in Rye. The total distance is 30 miles of long distance path so I decided to break it down in to two walking routes; Pevensey to Battle then Battle to Rye, making it roughly 15 miles each walk.
For the first stage of this 1066 Country Walk walking route I got a lift from Combe Haven to St Leonards Warrior Square railway station and then got the train to Pevensey Westham railway station. This was my first walking route without a paper OS map and I was at the mercy of ViewRanger following the route purely on my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone. Fortunately this stage of the walk is extremely easy to navigate with plenty of 1066 Country Walk signposts for me to follow so I was only really using ViewRanger to see what was coming up next on the walking route.
With this walking route being so easy my mind quickly wandered in to the psychology of walking and what I do to keep me moving, plan and pace out a walk whilst I am doing it. The weather was miserable, really low dense cloud with a really humid feel. Within a short while I was sweating and only had a long sleeve t-shirt on and my The North Face Apex Elixir Jacket on despite the recent spate of cold and rainy weather.
I found the first two hours a real struggle whereas normally the first hour is settling in to the walking route and the second hour is finding my pace. After two hours I normally hit a bit of a wall, especially if the walking route turns out to be a bit dull, and then after that I stop noticing the time until I get to 5 hours when I start to tire and then by six hours I am seriously wilting. However, if it is a really good walk I hardly ever notice the time and just thrive in enjoying the landscape, fresh air and views.
For the second stage of this walking route I got a lift to Battle, restarting the walk where I left off, walking to Rye where I got the train back to St Leonards Warrior Square and a lift back to Combe Haven. The weather was mainly drizzle before really heavy rain set in midway during the walk and after getting my walking trousers trashed with mud on the first stage I decided on gaiters for this stage of the 1066 Country Walk.
With the weather being so drab I was only cheered by the lambs bounding around the fields and on the riverbanks with the omnipresent bluebells. With the weather being so wet I was also keen to find out just how waterproof my new Scarpa walking boots were going to be without the reassurance of being Gore-tex lined. Over each day I splashed around through sodden hills, flooded fields, thick saturated grass and drenched rape fields and they came out with flying colours maintaining their water resistance and being dry inside.
The 1066 Country Walk is too long to do a detailed step by step walking route so I have expanded the ViewRanger maps and have sketched out the general directions.
Stage One – Pevensey To Battle – 17 Miles – 5 Hours 45 Minutes
From Pevensey and Westham railway station walk right and then walk right up the High Street B2191 walking left before the church to a footpath crossing the A27 walking left at the river to Rickney crossing over Rickney Lane following the river walking left to a lane and then crossing Maskelhye Road walking right down Wartling Road. Walk left along the edge of Wartling Wood walking right on to the road walking left at the junction of Boreham Lane walking right on the A271 Boreham Street walking left along Boreham Hill to the footpath signpost crossing the stream walking left to the lane at Pain’s Wood walking right along Henley’s Hill. Walk left then right to Ponts Green crossing over and walking right to Peens Wood to the A271 between Cowland Wood crossing down the lane to The Green B2204 walking left to Castlefield Road walking right through Hoathybank Wood to Upper Lake Road A2100 and Battle Abbey and Battlefields car park and the midway signpost for the 1066 Country Walk at Battle.
Stage Two – Battle To Rye – 16 Miles – 5 Hours 50 Minutes
From Battle village outside Battle Abbey and Battlefields on the 1066 Country Walk turn right walking down Lower lake A2100 walking right on to Marley Lane walking right through Great Wood crossing over Kent Street walking left and then right crossing Wheel Lane through Horseman’s Wood. At Cottage Lane cross the main road A28 walking left to Fourteen Acre Lane walking left to North Lane and then left and right to Broad Street walking left and then right through Icklesham crossing the A259 walking left on Workhouse Lane to Wickham Rock Lane to Winchelsea. Walk left to Monk’s Walk on to Hiham Green walking left to Robert’s Hill crossing over the footbridge and then walking right, right again and then left to Station Road and Winchelsea Lane walking right at Dumb Woman’s Lane keeping straight ahead to Udimore Road and the Windmill at Rye.