The knights meet with little resistance in their ride to Hastings. As one of the Cinque Ports, Hastings was the closest town to William’s landing site, which is today called Norman’s Bay. A commemorative stone at St. Leonards states the landing site to be Bulverhythe. Cinque is Norman-French for ‘five ports’. The five ports being Hastings, Sandwich, Romney, Dover and Hythe. Harold had decided that it was too late in the season for William to make his crossing and so had pulled out his forces that had been guarding the South Coast. The Battle of Stamford Bridge had been fought two days earlier so Harold’s forces were still en-route from the North.