Pevensey Castle Walk
This walk takes you around the historic Pevensey Castle in East Sussex.
The site has a fascinating history stretching back to the 4th century when it was originally a Roman fortification. It is also notable as the place where the Norman Conquest of England began, when William the Conqueror landed there on 28 September 1066. As such it marks the start of the 1066 Country Walk which visits several of the sites associated with the invasion and the subsequent Battle of Hastings. Today you can explore the ancient ruins of the Norman castle and its surrounding grounds on pleasant footpaths.
After exploring the castle you can pick up a waterside section of the 1066 Country Walk and follow the waymarked footpath north along the Pevensey Haven to Rickney. The river will take you into the Pevensey Levels, an area of marshland that cover an area of around 47 square miles. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and nature reserve with many rare species of plant to see.
PostcodeBN24 5LE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Pevensey Castle Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pevensey Castle Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Pevensey Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Pevensey Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Right next to the castle is the Royal Oak and Castle pub. The pub dates back to 1853 and includes a lovely large garden area. You can find them on the High Street at postcode BN24 5LE.
There's also the Smugglers Inn which dates all the way back to 1527. The oak beamed pub serves fine food and also has a good sized garden for warmer days. They are also on the High Street at postcode BN24 5LF.
If you head to the coast at Pevensey Bay you could visit the Castle Inn. The inn dates all the way back to the 16th Century. It's recently been tastefully renovated, with its low ceilings and oak beams it retains its 'old world' pub charm. The pub has a large suntrap garden which is enjoyed by many during sunny weather. You can find the inn at a postcode of BN24 6HS for your sat navs.
The castle grounds are a nice place to bring your dog for a stroll. You are requested to keep them on leads though. The Royal Oak and the Smugglers pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The 1066 Country Walk will take you to Battle Abbey and Herstmonceux Castle, two other significant historical sites in the area.
Head east along the coast and you could visit Norman's Bay, the site where the Norman army landed in 1066 before the Battle of Hastings. Just beyond that is the coastal town of Bexhill.
In nearby Eastbourne you can pick up the Eastbourne to Alfriston Walk, the Eastbourne to Beachy Head and the Eastbourne to Hastings Walk.
Just a couple of miles to the west there's Shinewater Lake Park where there's some nice waterside trails and lots of birdlife to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks page.