5 Nights near Hastings, East Sussex

5 Jul

battle abbey sussex
We had booked into a Caravan Club site, Normanhurst Court, needing 2 pitches, one for the campervan and one for the caravan. We found two adjacent pitches, close to a shower and services block, surrounded by substantial Rhodedendrum bushes and under huge Cedar trees.Before my relatives arrived, I set up the Olpro pop up toilet tent just in case they found it more convenient if it rained. (It didn’t but they still put it to good use.) The toilet tent was easy to put up but a nightmare to re-pack. Despite YouTube advice, I found it impossible to refold and it travelled home in the caravan, still pretty much full size!
battle scarecrowmorris van battle
This week is Scarecrow week in Battle. Guy Fawkes is thought to have bought his Gunpowder from Battle Abbey where they made the explosive for many years. This is my favourite above.You definitely step back in time in Battle and even the car park had it’s classic car to display in the sunshine. The Town Hall museum had the story of Isaac Ingall, a Butler at the Abbey who lived to be 120 years old. There is quite significant evidence that this may have been true!This little, free to enter museum is well worth a look. Sited in the High Street.We walked a circuit of the Abbey grounds and delved into the deep and alarming ice pit. We also walked the 1066 battlefield itself. Over 900 years have passed but it easy to imagine injured and dying men reaching up from the turf as you pass by. A visit to a pub which dates from the 15th Century also hit the mark.
1066 harold vs harold
In 1066, Harold Godwinson (the King who got an arrow in his eye) had come to the Battlefield near Hastings hot foot from killing Harold Hardraada before succombing to William, Duke of Normandy. Not hard to imagine some confusion when shouts of “Harold is dead” rang out at the first battle.Which Harold????????????
hastings east endhastings old townhastings beach 2
Hastings has the old town at it’s East End. It was our favourite part. Jellied eels, shrimp and seafood in abundance. Great pubs and good ale. The sun contimued to shine too.
magpie sausagekampa awning 2
Back at camp , on our second Barbecue, we started off with a 12 sausage medley which was quickly reduced to 11 sausages by a very quick witted Magpie. One of a strange 2 male, 1 female Magpie “bird swapping” group. The awning on the campervan does act as a deterrent, but too late to save a sausage.
scotney castle old and newbatemans rud kipbodiam castle june 2016
We also visited Scotney Castle, so good they “built it twice”. So good we have visited it twice. That’s the old and new above.

The tiled building is Batemans, the English home of Rudyard Kipling.We found Rudyard’s only son’s bedroom quite moving. John’s school cap, blazer and rugby ball are still there, even though he was killed (like so so many others…) in his very first conflict in WWI. A  beautiful family home with stunning grounds and orchard.

Bodiam Castle is a semi ruined moated fortress which fulfills all expectations. The moat is heaving with huge carp.
leaving battletoilet tent normanhurst
Having had good weather with the only real rain at night, we were sad to leave. The toilet tent could be used for storage or even for changing but Olpro really need to issue instructions with it on how to fold it back up.A really useful bit of kit which we shall use again. I hope nobody filmed us trying several times to emulate the YouTube experts………….. Any Glastonbury pop up tent experts out there ??????????


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