Spring is here! Spring is here! Life is skittles! Life is... oh no, wait a moment. Spring was last week; now it's winter again. But never fear, folks, for at the end of the month - on Easter weekend, no less - the clocks go forward, which is a sure sign that balmy long summer evenings are but a stone's throw away. So taking advantage of the hour's sleep less we'll all get on the night of Saturday 30th - do please take note, the meet-up time is 8.45 BST = 7.45 GMT - might I suggest the following Easter Sunday stroll to you?
I might. It leads approximately 13 miles (20 km) from the sleepy village of Robertsbridge (East Sussex, but looks a lot like Kent) via highways and byways to the lovely townlet of Battle. In one of those wonderful accidents of history, Battle was precisely the spot selected in 1066 AD by the invading William of Normandy for his famous Battle of Hastings, which has been one of the Memorable Dates of English history ever since. In historical terms, though, the highlight of the walk - not least because by the time we make it to Battle all thoughts will probably be on R&R in a convenient pub, is another: Bodiam Castle, pictured.
Now, if you asked a schoolkid to draw you their idea of a perfect mediaeval castle, Bodiam is undoubtedly what they would draw. For our purposes, it also has a rather nice pub just by it, which is where we propose to stop for lunch. All things being equal, there should also be some time to explore.
Not that this is all this walk has to offer: there are also streamside paths, magic woods and - the fleet of eye of you may observe - also a glimpse of a unicorn.
Lovely - see you there!
(As ever, we'll be travelling on a group ticket - all will be sorted out on meeting up at Charing Cross)