At first light the Housecarls of Edwin and
Morcar move along the ditch to block the route to York.
At the same time, The Earls are leading out the local levies or Fyrd
to reinforce the two flanks
At Riccall, 7 miles (11
Kilometres) away, the Viking army is
setting out for the battlefield.
tide is flooding the beck so
the battle cannot start yet. The two sides had several hours to
organise their positions as it would be nearly midday before the
tide had fallen enough to allow the shieldwalls to engage.
Note: Earl Edwin would also not
have been able to occupy his flank protection position until the
tide had fallen - It is possible that he was moving into position
when King Harold stuck.