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1066 Country Walk enjoyed by more than 3,000 visitors

Publish Date: 7 September 2022

Counters fitted on the 1066 Country walk in Wartling have shown a significant increase in footfall since 2019.

medieval boat on grass with fence posts in background

More than 3,500 people have passed through the Wartling counter so far this year compared to 2,273 throughout 2019.

The 31-mile walk starts at Pevensey Castle – and heading north towards the Pevensey Levels – passes Herstmonceux Castle, the iconic 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield and onto medieval Winchelsea before finishing in Rye, a town known for its cobbled streets, secret passages and quaint buildings.

The trail has recently been upgraded and improved with new signage, information panels, benches and sculptures.  The improvements were funded through the 1066 Country Pathways project, a partnership project between Wealden District Council, Rother District Council and 1066 Country Partnership with funding secured through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden’s portfolio holder for Economic Development, said, “It is funding like this that enables us to maintain these types of historic routes and trails. The 1066 Country Walk has a rich history and background and is an important part of East Sussex.

“Now that it has been improved and updated, I hope it will be an even greater attraction for residents, tourists and their families.”

The picturesque walk also passes through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a typical medieval landscape with rolling hills and valleys, atmospheric marshes, ancient woodland, historic towns, quaint villages, old churches, rustic farms, elegant estates, oast houses and windmills, and plenty of cosy pubs and cafés along the way.