So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my walks. Most have been covering similar ground, but yesterday I got the 5:53 train over to Rye, to try and follow the 30 mile 1066 trail back to Pevensy Castle.
Luckily the rain passed as I got off the train and figured out my bearings to find the start of the trail on the edge of the town. The sun was rising behind me as I started off along the winding path by the edge of the marshes, and it wasn’t long till I was climbing the first hill into Winchelsea.
As I headed off into more wilder countryside and farmland, it was becoming clear that this was a not too often used trail, and I would have to sharpen up my map reading skills. Lots of the signs were faded, and some paths having not been used recently were barely visible. Coming into one field full of horses, with no sign of where the path exited. I skirted round with a constant whinnying over my shoulder. One horse had taken a dislike to me being there, and as I approached a gate, he was suddenly too close and gaining, so I had to dive over the gate. He laughed at me after. Looking around I had found myself on a very overgrown path, but checking the compass I knew I was going in the right direction and with a bit of luck soon found myself back on the trail.
It was certainly hillier than I had expected, and much warmer, luckily seeing the sign for Battle being 2 miles away meant that I could break for lunch at around 16 miles in.
Setting off again the countryside seemed even wilder and remote and had to constantly check for land marks and follow the map. But this soon turned into farmland and the path followed perimeter roads or roads through them, so it was getting tough on the feet as it is never nice walking on Tarmac in walking boots.
I soon realised that I had covered around 23 miles and checking the map estimated that I would still have 10+ miles to go if I stuck strictly to the 1066 trail. I was also nearly out of fluids, so at 25 miles I decided that I had done enough. I didn’t want to break 30 miles this training session and knew there was still a fair amount of road walking till I reached Pevensey levels, which I have already walked before. Still the furthest I have walked solo in unknown territory so very pleased.