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Battle, East Sussex

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Area Covered:This guide covers Battle and the surrounding area which includes Telham, Crowhurst, Catsfield, Ninfield, Ashburnham, Penhurst, Brightling, Netherfield, Mountfield, Whatlington, Sedlescombe, Staplecross and Cripps Corner.
Where:Situated in East Sussex just five miles from Hastings, Battle was named after the Battle of Hastings. Famously, in 1066 William the Conqueror defeated Harold and Battle Abbey was built to commemorate the event. The town of Battle grew thereafter and today it is a pretty market town with a thriving tourist industry.
Why Visit:Battle is worth visiting not just for its amazing abbey but because Battle and the surrounding villages are quintessentially English. Bustling Battle High Street boasts wonderful, little, independent shops many selling local produce. In particular, there's a butcher, two bakers and deli. Battle also caters for the serial female shopper. There are several high class fashion boutiques selling not just beautiful clothes but also shoes, handbags, scarves, jewellery and accessories. Fortunately for waiting husbands, Battle also has several pubs. Surrounding it all is lush, green countryside and ancient woodland which can be enjoyed on foot along the 1066 Country Walk.
Places of Interest:In Battle itself we recommend Battle Abbey and Yesterday's World, a deceptively large and quirky stroll through the past. Just outside Battle we recommend the simply stunning and perfectly moated Bodiam Castle and a walk through Powdermills Wood.
Using this Guide:Use the navigation bar on the left to click through to our guide to accommodation in Battle (the best hotels, B&B's, guest houses and self-catering accommodation), our guide to eating out in Battle (the best restaurants, bistros, cafes, tea shops, pubs, bars and country pubs) and a directory of local food sources (shops, markets and specialist local food suppliers in Battle).