From rail to trail

Spring lambs admiring the 1066 Country Walk sculpture

The Marshlink Community Rail partnership, part of the Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, which works to connect local communities with their railway, is encouraging people to start using the train again to explore the line.

Catherine Simmons, Community Development Officer, for the line, explained : “As we plan for local days out it makes sense to leave the car at home and take the train. The Marshlink Line running from Hastings to Ashford has great access to some beautiful historic countryside.

“Try a walk along the newly re-launched 1066 Country Walk. The route passes close by to Winchelsea, Three Oaks, Doleham and Rye Stations which are great starting points for splitting the walk into shorter sections.

The 31-mile route which starts at Pevensey, passes through Battle and ends at Rye, has recently enjoyed improvements to the pathway and the installation of new sculptures along the trail. The sculptures have been created by artist Keith Pettit and mark key sites along the route taking the Bayeux Tapestry as their theme.”

Jane Ellis, of 1066 Country Marketing, added: “2021 is the year that the 1066 Country Walk truly comes into its own. In this exciting project led by Rother District Council, the 31-mile 1066 Country Walk is being transformed as a major 1066 Country visitor attraction thanks to a grant of more than £160,000 from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Rural Payments Agency.

“During this last year, many of us have come to truly appreciate the mental and physical health benefits of spending time in the great outdoors and the 1066 Country Walk is the perfect choice.”

If you would like to find out more ask Line Officer Catherine Simmons 07375531987

Image Credits: Hare Farm Hideaways .



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