Our 33-mile journey begins at Pevensey Castle and finishes in the beautiful medieval town of Rye. It is a true march through history, following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror when he landed his troops at Pevensey and marched into the most famous battle of all time.
Day one – 17 miles in total – takes us across the Pevensey Levels before climbing through beanfields to Herstmonceux, where we stop for sustenance in the stunning grounds of the moated castle (once owned by Henry VIII). In the afternoon, you may want to take on some Dutch courage at the historic Ash Tree Inn, in the fabulously named hamlet of Brown Bread Street, before the biggest climb of the day – Tent Hill, where William and his soldiers reputedly camped the night before the great battle. We bring day one to a close at Battle Abbey – built to mark the site of the battle of 1066 – and make our way to Ashburnham Place for an overnight stay (accommodation is in single rooms in a private lodge – basic, but clean and cosy). Bring your swimming gear for a refreshing dip in the lake’s designated swimming area (it’s the perfect way to recover for day two!). Dinner and breakfast at Ashburnham are included.
The next morning, we resume our journey from the Abbey, covering a further 16 miles to reach Rye by mid-afternoon. To read a more detailed account of the trip, click here.
Number of places: 12
Cost per person: £155
Trip duration: 11am Saturday until 4.30pm Sunday (approx.).
Start point: Pevensey and Westham Railway Station, Eastbourne Road, Westham BN24 5ND.
End point: Rye Castle, Gungarden, Rye TN31 7HE. (This is a 5-minute walk from Rye railway station.)
- Guiding, support and tips from two qualified and experienced coaches along the entire route.
- Vehicle support, including transport of and access to your bag (and a lift, should you require it!).
- Overnight accommodation, dinner (set menu) and breakfast at Ashburnham Place.
- Transfer to and from Battle to our accommodation.
- Water top-up and energy snacks at 2-3 stopping points per day.
Is it for you? There’s no doubt that 33 miles is a challenge, but anyone who's completed a half-marathon fairly comfortably (we're looking at under 2hrs 30 minutes, for logistical purposes) should be able to cope with and enjoy the 1066 Adventure.