Matt Fraser (SER) and Andy Pope (SCRP) hosted a “Rail to Ramble” event with the Battle Ramblers this morning. The event was born out of a new tourist map situated at Crowhurst station which beautifully promotes the walking, nature trails and sites of historic interest around the village. The event started at the historic Battle Abbey then a visit to Battle Station where works are about to start on the listed station house to bring this back into community use. We jumped on the train for a short trip to Crowhurst where the group wondered at the Map. There was then a Ramble of four and half miles through the historic open countryside back to Battle Abbey, 32 people and three dogs enjoyed the break in the weather and the fresh air.

This was first linear walk the group had done rather than their normal circular ones. It opens up so many more routes for them which they are now going to explore.

Thanks to the Battle Ramblers for supporting the event, Southeastern railways and the Southeast Community Rail partnership for making this work so well.

Rail to Ramble group, photo outside Battle Abbey