A Green St Leonards Walk
There is more to St Leonards on Sea than the Promenade. There is much to admire along the front but hidden away behind the houses, on the very edge of the town, is a history that stretches back at least a thousand years.
Landing places for Duke William's fleet, a Saxon Manor house, the finest race course in the South-East and a Church hidden away in an ancient wood are all part of the legacy of St Leonards on Sea.
Starting on the edge of the ‘New Town’, this walk will take you away from the seafront into an older landscape that was once water, and a safe haven for Duke William’s boats, into ancient woodland and a church hidden away from view that has its own Norman connection.
No walk in St Leonards can be without its Burton connections and this walk is no exception but, there is more to St Leonards than James and Decimus Burton and my aim is to walk you through some of the history and the legends that surround the town.
I must point out that this is not a flat walk although the start is along the promenade. There are hills, both up and down, muddy paths and a couple of stiles which do make it unsuitable for wheel chairs and pushchairs for which I apologise. Road walking is kept to a minimum and the walk will require a little effort but you will see another side to St Leonards on Sea.
The return will be by a more modern method, the Stagecoach bus back to Warrior Square.
Author: David Clarke
Publisher: History Walks