Sculpture on the 1066 Country Walk

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About

The 31-mile 1066 Country Walk is a relatively easy, low-level route through countryside that witnessed the Norman Conquest. Starting at Pevensey Castle (though you can start in Rye), it passes Herstmonceux Castle, the historic 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield, medieval Winchelsea, ending in historic Rye.

Much of the walk 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.


Sculptures

Created by local artist Keith Pettit, the ten wooden sculptures along the Walk are inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the heritage of 1066 Country. 

All 18 information panels are expected to be in place by the end of September 2021.

The ten sculpture in order of location: 

Landings
Norman Longboat at Pevensey Castle (accessible by wheelchair)

Isti Mirant Stella
Halley’s Comet crossed the sky just before the invasion, Herstmonceux Castle (accessible by wheelchair)
OS Map ref: TQ 64545 04820

Rest
The horses that played a vital role in the invasion, Ash Tree Inn, Ashburnham

Window
The animals depicted in the border of the Bayeux Tapestry, beside Great Park Farm (accessible by wheelchair)
OS Map ref: TQ 72697 14575

Bound Division
King Harold, King William and the Crown, hidden in trees by the path, outside Battle Abbey
OS Map ref: TQ 74465 15645

Hidden Truth
The crown over which the battle was fought, Battle Great Woods

Farbanks Henge
Monoliths overlook the Normans’ new realm, Hare Farm, Westfield
OS Map ref: TQ 83095 16185#

Legacies
Saxon and Norman roots entwine in the English language, Lower Snailham Farm, Guestling

The Watcher
A sentry watching for the arriving Norman fleet, Wickham Manor Farm, Winchelsea
OS Map ref: TQ 89825 16405

Treow (Old English for Tree) 
A Bayeux Tapestry tree, start of the path at Rye (accessible by wheelchair)

 
1066 Puddings and Pathways Festival

Look out for the annual 1066 Country Walk Puddings and Pathways Festival - free professional street theatre at eateries on various dates along the route. 

1066 Puddings

You’ll also find delicious 1066 themed puddings at eateries along the route, which raises the question ‘how many puddings can you eat in one walk?’

Map & Directions

1066 Country Walk

Type:Themed Trail

Castle Lane, Pevensey, BN24 5LE