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Harvester continental breakfast and making the decision where to go next. Ian picked Leeds castle via the Wilmington Long Man and Battle (near Hasting). It only took about 330 minutes to get to Wilmington and it was quite warm in the car. But once we got out of the car the wind was freezing even if it was mostly blue sky. The best view of the Long Man is probably from the car park where we started however we decided to walk and have a closer look. The Long Man depicts a hunter with ...
... which comprises a 14th century moated castle (no longer used) and a new, Victorian, house. We went around the new house which had many items salvaged from the old Castle eg it had books from the 1600s, through the ages to authors we’ve read and even had a bookcase full of Penguin paperbacks!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kent – now onto ...
... Despite its name, the Battle of Hastings was fought 9 miles away at Battle – the original name was "Senlac Ridge" It was called Battle by the Conqueror after he won – obviously not an imaginative man!!!!.
The Battle of Hastings is where William, Duke of Normandy, defeated King Harold II to become William I in 1066 and so changed England forever. Apparently, the Pope ordered the Normans to do penance for killing ...
... above the wharf.
We drove back into the town centre and parked the car. On foot, we walked to the market square and the guidhall above the covered market. We went to The Sun inn to escape the freezing wind and had our last drink in Kent. For me, it was half a pint of Spitfire.
Having returned to the car, we drove to Ospringe just ...
... had many stories to share. They took us to visit Leeds Castle in Kent, the day was sunny but cool and the spring flowers were coming into full bloom, a perfect day in the English countryside.
We then took the train to London and on to Leeds for visit with one of the Bulgarian students with whom we maintain contact. Yani is a graduate student at the University of Leeds studying international law with a focus on ...