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'Warriors' stage King Harold's Battle of Hastings march

The "warriors" on horseback at the start of the march Image copyright English Heritage
Image caption The 1066 march set out from Clifford's Tower in York for a trek to Hastings

A group of "warriors" are staging a 300-mile march to echo King Harold's journey to the Battle of Hastings.

English Heritage has organised the trek on horseback and foot from York to East Sussex to mark the 950th anniversary of the famous clash.

The volunteers will arrive on the battlefield 950 years to the day since Harold fought William of Normandy.

Nigel Amos, leader of the march for English Heritage, said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

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Image caption English Heritage said sun and rain greeted the marchers as they left Clifford's Tower

King Harold defeated a Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in East Yorkshire, on 25 September, 1066, before travelling south to face the Normans.

On 14 October, he fought and was killed at the Battle of Hastings.

William then seized the English throne.

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Image caption King Harold fought and was killed at the Battle of Hastings

Emily Sewell, head of events for English Heritage, said 1066 and the Battle of Hastings was "one of the most famous battles and most transformative years in English history".

Nigel Amos, who is leading the march on behalf of English Heritage, added: "There's nothing like a personal experience to understand what it was like and offer an even more authentic window on that world to inspire and inform others."

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Image caption The three-week journey will take place on horseback and foot

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