I mentioned on Monday how fabulous my day in Battle was by highlighting the Abbey. But I would be hugely amiss if I overlooked the town itself. I adored it. And just like during our trip to Marlow, I gravitated towards estate agent windows; the lure of the countryside is pulling strongly at me. Besides its gorgeous countryside, the town of Battle has probably one of the best names ever.
Battle is about an hour from London by train, and about 30 minutes from Brighton. You are all well-versed in the history of the area from Monday’s post, but the Sussex Weald is also a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (I concur with that award wholeheartedly.)
After exploring the grounds of Battle Abbey and bits of the town, we stumbled upon the Battle Autumn Fair. I am an absolute sucker for small town village fairs. I want to support all the local crafters and give all my money to the adorable elderly knitters. Sam should have distracted me from ever seeing the sign in the first place.
We finished our time in Battle with a fabulous brunch at Bluebells Cafe Tearoom. It was just warm enough to still sit outside and the view of the Abbey was incredible. I give brunch here a big thumbs up. My poached eggs were perfect and Sam’s posh Welsh-rarebit was something special. It was all topped off with a glass of delicious fizz for me, and a cider for Sam.
Then back on the train to head down to the seaside town of Hastings!
I’d really recommend trying to get out there if you can. On October 17th you can head out to Hastings and see the bonfire. Or just learn more about the Battle Festival in general here – it goes on until October 31st. But if you can’t get there soon, pencil a trip in for Sept/Oct 2016 for the 950th anniversary battle.