Once more to Battle (via some battlements)

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)

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  • Tina

    Thanks for an amazing walk and all the great photos. It was lovely to meet all. See you next time.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Ioanna

    Thanks Rich! Great day out! Nice photos too! See you next time!

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Helena

    Great walk thanks, lovely to see everyone!

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Sol

    very nice landscape, cool weather, nice people, perfect day!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • jacqueline

    good morning, just to let you know that I will be coming this morning after all. See you later :-)

    March 31, 2013

  • Danny

    Sorry, can't make it, usual last minute excuse. enjoy the battlers.

    March 31, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Erm, not sure how to undo my guest, but I no longer have one. So the person waiting should probably oil their chainmail...

    March 18, 2013

    • Rich

      do swapsies then, you'll be fine

      March 20, 2013

    • Tim R.

      Gosh, Rich. I'm not sure how that would work. I mean, no disrespect to Hue's guest, but we may not get along. And how is Hue going to feel about not having my guest there. Not to mention my guest, who would then not be Hue's. Is anyone thinking about his feelings? I think Hue's idea is much more sensible. I have belatedly signed up again, but this time without a guest. It's like being in Doctor Who...

      1 · March 30, 2013

  • Maria D.

    Will someone be holding up a sign or something @ the meeting point in Charing Cross? This is my first time going on one of these walks :)

    March 30, 2013

  • Agnes_G

    Sorry... cannot attend, i am not well... :( i was really looking forward to it and would love to have the details of the walk so i can do it later on?

    March 30, 2013

  • Jo L.

    Me too, sorry, mixed my days up and double booked. see you at next one!

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry had to change Rsvp

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry not to be able to join now, I am too poorly.

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I won't be able to make this anymore but hope to join on another soon.

    March 30, 2013

  • Adam

    Sorry to miss this - too ill unfortunately.

    March 29, 2013

  • giuliana

    sorry, cannot make it anymore

    March 26, 2013

  • Christina

    I'm really sorry I have to pull out of this - turns out it's EASTER SUNDAY and I'm wanted to sing! D'oh.

    March 25, 2013

  • Makeiba

    Got family visiting..will be stuffing my face with Easter food instead. Have fun!

    March 25, 2013

  • Lucy H.

    I'll be on egg hunt duty! Have fun!

    March 16, 2013

  • Cameron

    Won't be able to make this one; have relatives in town that weekend.

    March 15, 2013

  • Nuria

    I will be on holiday!

    March 14, 2013

  • Joan

    If I am not in Ireland I am in :)

    March 13, 2013

  • Julian

    Unfortunately I can't make this one.

    March 13, 2013

  • Danielle

    I'll be exploring the delights of Yorkshire - hope to make the April walk instead.

    March 13, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    Sadly I won't make it to this one - I'll be walking in Guernsey instead :-)

    March 13, 2013

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