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West Kent – Battle to Hastings – William’s Way – CANCELLED


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Restarting Events

We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Currenly walks in England can take place.  Walks in Scotland may take place with a maximum of 15 participants, but all participants (and walks) must stay within their own local authority area.  Walks in Wales will restart from the 26th of April, with a maximum of 30 participants.

General information

** THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN IN ENGLAND AND SUBSEQUENT GOVT ADVICE/RESTRICTIONS. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO 3RD OCTOBER, 2021  **

This linear walk of around 10 miles roughly traces, in reverse, the route followed by William of Normandy marching to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Apart from one short sharp climb up to Telham Hill, site of William’s camp, the walk is not arduous. From the picturesque town of Battle with its ruined Norman Abbey, we walk to the old village of Crowhurst, where we will eat our packed lunches, then follow the medieval coastline round the edge of the ancient Combe Haven, to the smugglers' beaches at Bulverhythe and the notorious Bo Peep Inn. We then walk through St Leonards, taking in Decimus Burton's elegant development, and various squares and parks, to arrive at Hastings station.

BOOKING: Advance booking is required. National Covid regulations limit the group size to 29 people plus the leader and for contact tracing purposes all attendees must be either full GOC members or have a free trial online membership. The event is of course free of charge. You can book on behalf of others as well as yourself. If you have difficulty booking then please contact the West Kent Group Coordinator at [email protected] to do it for you. You will only be permitted to attend a GOC event if you have registered in advance via the website. Thank you !

During the walk attendees should follow social distancing rules at all times and respect that others may have different sensitivities to personal safety.

Terrain / Difficulty

Moderate walk on well-defined paths, with one short climb.

Approximate Distance

10 miles

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