petrified forest at pett level, near hastings

by sharon on July 6, 2009

petrified forest at pett level, near hastings

Ancient Forest preserved by the sea)

fter the last Ice Age about 6000 years ago, the sea level was about 150ft lower than todays level,

due to the Polar Regions having significantly more ice than at present. A forest grew under the sea at Cliff End near the village of Pett,

at a time when England was joined by a land bridge to the continent. As the climate warmed so the ice at the Polar Regions melted, and the sea level

rose above the level of the forest,
we believe about 3 metres higher than the current level.
The forest was drowned, and the wood preserved in the salt water and mud.
Since the 16th century, the sea levels have dropped, and at low tide, the bases of the trees are now visible.
This fossilised forest houses a wide range of sea creatures, including piddocks which are bivalve molluscs.
(A walk through the history of East Sussex from Pevensey to Rye)
here for the 1066 Country Walk Web Site.

petrified forest at pett level, near hastings

The walk starts in the village of Pevensey , and traverses East Sussex to the historic town of Rye .

Further details of the walk are available from the Local Tourist Offices and the 1066 Country Walk web site .

The first part of the walk runs from Pevensey near the town of Eastbourne , where it is believed that William the conquer landed in 1066.

It continues to the town of Battle , where the Battle of Hastings took place, and the Saxons

army was destroyed.
This leg of the walk is about 16 miles.
The second stage of the walk is from Battle, running through Westfield , Icklesham , and Winchto the harbour town of Rye .
The area has magnificent views and the medieval town of Winchelsea is beautiful.
The town of Rye was once the centre of smuggling , mostly the export of wool from the Romney Marsh,
 and the import of Tobacco and Spirits to and from the mainland of Europe.
The 1066 Country walk is steeped in history, and takes you from Roman times to the smuggling of medieval times.

petrified forest at pett level, near hastings

The steam train can be caught at Northiam and Tenderden .
here for the Kent and East sussed railway web site.

The Kent and East sussex railway is a living and fully working museum preserved by volunteers and enthusiasts.

The track runs for 10 miles from Bodiam in Sussex toTenderden in Kent.Your train could be pulled by a small tank engine built in 1909, an ex-Army locomotive, an industrial engine saved from an ironstone quarry, a fine tender engine from Norway, or a locomotive designed by the Great Western Railway.

The small but powerful steam engines work hard on the sharp curves and steep gradients and then through the beautiful country between stations. Buy your tickets at a restored country station then soak up the atmosphere, and savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam travel in coaches which may be Victorian or from the 1930’s or 1950’s.

The line was built in 1896 by Colonel Stevens a railway entrepreneur of the time, who took up the advantages offered by the 1896 Light Railways Act.

The railway was built a cheaply as possible, this often meant stations miles away from the villages they were meant to serve.

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