1066 Country is one of the most magical regions in England to cycle. From flat quiet country lanes with numerous church towers dotting the wide open landscape to stunning coastline and ancient woodlands makes it an ideal place to bring your bike and explore. The vast High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has a unique, radiating network of ancient routes and tracks to explore by bicylce.
For the cycling enthusiast why not take on the 1066 circular trail. This is the route William the Conqueror would have taken all those years ago, had the bike been invented then!. Linking the coast with the woods and hills of the Weald. It begins by following the excellent wide promenade westwards along Hastings seafront before a steep climb away from the sea up along the western edge of Hastings. The countryside section of the ride truly starts on delightful Telham Lane. A climb on the B2095 is rewarded with the delights of Battle. Beyond here you are back into woodland, carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic in the spring and verges of wildflowers from spring to Autumn.
Robertsbridge boasts many fine old buildings. The descent to cross the River Rother gives fabulous views of Bodiam Castle. Ewhurst Green has lovely old oast houses and a curiously-shaped steeple on the church. Keep an eye out for the unusual mullioned windows in the roof and the beautifully carved lych gate at Beckly church. Pass through the coppiced woodland of Beckly Woods then descend to almost sea level to cross the River Breed. A final long climb allows you to re-enter Hastings from the east, dropping down through the historic Old Town and back to the promenade.
There are hundreds of cycle ways crossing crossing the whole of 1066 Country allowing you to discover unspoilt beaches or explore the quiet winding lanes and villages of the beautiful countryside, all at a relaxed pace.
So get out and enjoy a cycling break in 1066 Country.