Pevensey Private Guided Tour
Half Day (3 hours) - is restricted to your group and can be customised to suit your requirements
Available morning or afternoon
This tour includes a walk of around 3 miles over mostly flat but rough and uneven terrain. There are a number of stiles and narrow bridges to cross making this tour unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Please be aware that we also have to cross an open railway line foot bridge.
The scene above shows reclaimed marsh land stretching from Pevensey Bay to Pevensey Castle. The castle, just visible behind the tree-line, in the centre of the picture, marked the coast and harbour wall in 1066.
We will begin our tour on the outskirts of Pevensey Bay at the signpost for the Castle Walk public right of way. This location, which is our meeting point is in a lay-by on the A259 to the west of Pevensey Bay.
I will begin our walk by explaining the geography of the area in 1066 and looking at the reasons why William chose this spot to land his army. I will then explain the background to the 1066 conflict and the reasons why William chose to invade.
As we continue towards Pevensey Castle we will stop at a vantage point so that we can consider what it would have been like for the Norman Invaders approaching the harbour on September 28th 1066.
The Norman Castle at Pevensey was built within the walls of an existing Roman Fort. We will pass through the Roman walls to Pevensey Castle. Here we will discuss the events of 1066 leading up to the Norman landing before highlighting the differences between what the Normans expected in Pevensey and what they actually found. We will then go inside the castle (price included) and there will be free time to explore the castle ruins.
We will then leave the Roman walls and move on to St Mary's Church in the village of Westham which is said to date from 1080. I will explain why William chose to leave Pevensey and make Hastings his base. There will be time to go inside the church and walk around the outside as well.
Leaving the church, we walk through the village of Westham following the route that was taken by the Norman soldiers on the first leg of their journey to Hastings. We will walk to a vantage point where we can look out over the countryside and I can point out where they made camp for the first night. We will then make our way back towards the castle and I will explain how William managed to win the Battle of Hastings. I will end the tour back at the Castle car park by explaining what William did immediately after the Battle of Hastings and how he managed to secure the backing of the Ealdormen for his coronation on 25th December 1066.
price per tour (not per person)
£120 up to 3 people
£165 up to 5 people
£190 up to 7 people
includes entrance to Pevensey Castle