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Travel || Battle, England

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! 

station bridge
spiderwebs in the mist
town of battle
reading the guide book
mrs burtons
kings head
inside bluebells
cakes in bluebells
bluebells cakes
poached eggs on toast at bluebells
welsh rarebit at bluebells
sam with wings
1066 walk
Jeans | Shoes | Blazer | Shirt | Scarf | Lipstick

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 β€“ 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. 

I was a guest of Visit 1066, so here’s a big thank you to them! I had a blast! And also a big thank you to Southeastern Rail for providing my train tickets. 

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  • Oh that tea place looks so lovely!! Definitely one to add to the list! xxx

  • Haha that picture of Sam with the wings is awesome!

    • Hahah, thank you! To be honest, we saw a family doing it before us, so I stole their idea πŸ˜‰ x

  • I’ve been wanting to go to Hastings since I got sucked into a tv show that was set there!

  • Rebecca Eddison

    I love these posts of yours, it is like travelling through my computer and living vicariously through your photos. We had our honeymoon in England 2 years ago and I can’t tell you how much we are itching to get back!

    • Ah, thank you so much! Where in England did you go for your Honeymoon? x

      • Rebecca Eddison

        We took 2 months to tootle all around the countryside staying in little cottages along the way, we have christmas done in Devon, it was just beautiful! It just has so much more history there then we do here in Australia. We are building our house at the moment so I think it will be a while until we get to go back, but boy are we excited for it, I already have a whole lot of walks and towns to visit planned out. Did I see you are originally from America?when did you move to England? xx

        • That sounds amazing! What an incredible honeymoon! I am originally from American. I moved over just slightly over 5 years ago now. xx

  • Thing I love about Amanda #237: As soon as you arrive in a new place your first order of business is seeking cake. Good cake. Then taking photos for me. (I know those pics are totally for me ;))

  • The town looks precious!!! Battle and Hastings are two towns I’ve been dying to visit, looks like Battle has a lot to offer!!

  • I’ve never heard of such a town! It looks super cute!:)

  • Great day out! These towns always look very pretty during the flowery middle of summer, but I like the cosy-ness you captured in these autumnal photos.

  • Aw it looks like a cute town! There is such a great feeling living in a small town, but maybe later for us – it gets old really quick when you’re used to the city! p.s. love that photo of Sam with the wings haha

    • Thank you! It’s a personal favourite photo of mine as well! I guess the biggest perk to living in Battle is that you’re only about an hour and a half away from central London by train. It takes me about 50 minutes to get central from my flat in London so it’s not even that further comparatively! πŸ˜‰ x