Tranquil, but dramatic beach setting, steeped in history

Big skies, sweeping seascape and a dramatic history which shaped the course of England and the United Kingdom.

The tranquil setting of Pevensey, nestled between Eastbourne and Bexhill-on-Sea can easily be missed as the major roads have (thankfully) been diverted away from the village and bay, creating a sleepy haven in which to take in the sea views as you wander along the shingle beaches and enjoy the invigorating air.

It was here in 1066 that William the Conqueror landed from Normandy to slay Harold in the battle nearby and claim the English throne.

Pevensey Castle, an English Heritage site, was originally built by the Romans and was occupied by Harold’s army anticipating the invasion, and subsequently taken over by the Norman victors.

Pevensey village itself has many independent shops and cafes along the high street which also homes the Pevensey Court House, dating back to the 13th century, formerly the local prison up to 1886.

Just inland from the coast, Pevensey Levels are a Site of Special Scientific Interest as the marshlands, covering 120 km², contain many nationally rare plants and invertebrates and are packed with birdlife.

Given the setting, Pevensey is a wonderful base for walking holidays with easy access to the South Downs National Park and also the 31-mile Country Walk from Pevensey Castle, through Herstmonceux to Battle and across countryside to Rye.

Herstmonceux_CastleFamiles should head to the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux, with over 100 interactive exhibits to entertain and engage young and old minds alike. The magnificent moated Herstmonceux Castle, originally commissioned by Henry VI in the 12th century, provides delighted walled garden and woodland trails.

Fishing from the beach in Pevensey Bay should bring a ready supply of mackerel in the summer, whilst Bass prove a popular target in the warmer months and cod and flatfish in winter and early spring. Anglers Den in Pevensey is an excellent spot to pick up tackle and bait and also some local knowledge and where to head and what fish are being caught and to target.

For local restaurants, don’t miss The Moorings restaurant for huge helpings and great value and lovers of Chinese food should hit the Happy Dragon, which pulls in custom from far and wide.

Where to stay in Pevensey & Pevensey Bay