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Red & white named discs with arrow logo1066 Country Walk

50 km / 31 miles

E Sussex
In September 1066, William, Duke of Normandy brought his army to Pevensey, Sussex and went on to defeat King Harold in the town of Battle in what many people know as the Battle of Hastings. You can follow in the steps of William the Conqueror taking in historical sites on a generally low level walk through ancient towns and villages, over hillsides and through woodland, and passing oast houses and windmills. The route includes the Normans' landing point at Pevensey and the battle site, and the castles at Pevensey and Herstmonceux.

There are links from the main route between Battle and Bexhill and between Doleham and Hastings. From Pevensey Castle there are further links to two points on the South Downs Way National Trail near to Jevington. In essence a link is created between the Saxon Shore Way (at Rye) and the South Downs Way. From Rye to Jevington, the route is part of the E9 E-Route.

See also E-Routes (E9).


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Red & white named discs with arrow logo Waymark: Red & white named discs with arrow logo
Attributes: Average Gradients; Heritage; Monarchy
TQ645047 - Pevensey Castle, Pevensey, E Sussex
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TQ921202 - Rye, E Sussex
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Web Sites: 1066 Country Website
  High Weald AONB - 1066 Walk
  Battlefields Trust - Battle of Hastings 1066
  GPS Routes - 1066 Country Walk

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: The 1066 Country Walk (Trailguides Ltd - 2011)
Paperback: 1066 Country Walk (Challenge Publications - 2000)
Badge: Badge for 1066 Country Walk (Challenge Publications)
Certificate: Certificate for 1066 Country Walk (Challenge Publications)
Leaflet: 1066 Country Walk (Battle & Bexhill Tourist Information Centre - 2000)
Hardback: 1066 and Rather More: A Walk Through History (Frances Lincoln - 2009)

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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 189199
OS Landranger Active: 189199
OS Explorer: 123124125
OS Explorer Active: 123124125

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Beks Treks UK)
Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walk & Cycle Britain Limited)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Self-catering: Cromarty Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km < 1 Km
Hotels: David Lloyd Lodge  (bookable online) 3 Km < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Longleys Farm Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 7 Km

Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 9 UK Section Dover to Plymouth
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Cuckoo Trail; High Weald Landscape Trail; Saxon Shore Way
Other Paths: 1066 Harold's Way; Walking the Castles of Sussex; Walking the Riversides of Sussex


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Route Profile:

50.9 Km (31.6 miles)
775 m (2,543 ft) ascent
115 m (377 ft)  maximum height