The Norman's shore & 1066 country
This page outlines the coastal walk between Eastbourne and Hastings.
12 April 2013Eastbourne to Hastings [note: double click to see the image full screen as well as other images of this stage]
Description of the stage
The stage from Eastbourne to Hastings takes in the sweep of the Pevensey Bay and incorporates the area where William of Normandy came ashore, with his army, in 1066. There is evidence of the nervous Englishman with a string of Martello Towers built when another French invasion seemed likely, by Napoleon 800 years later.
The direction of the English coast starts to turn north east from Eastbourne as the proximity of the coast of France gets closer.
The entire walk is largely flat, though the section from Sovereign Park to Normans Bay requires some strenuous beach walking. This is shingle, though more compact on the top of the bank as it used by coastal defence machinery. If it is low tide sandy sections of the beach can be used once the groynes become infrequent east of Pevensey.
1. Places along the stage
|Passage point||Sovereign Park|
|Passage point||Pevensey Bay|
|Passage point||Norman's Bay|
2. Stage figures
|Lowest point||2.0||sea level [m amsl]|
|Highest point||24||Galley Hill, Bexhill [m amsl]|
3. Walk Log
|Date walked||Who||Walking time||Direction|
|12 April 2014||KJM; HMM||5.3 hours||west to east|
Points of Interest
Notes to Walkers & Transportation
For this stage we stayed overnight in Eastbourne (near Sovereign Park) and took a bus into Eastbourne to the pier.
To return the intention was to use the Hasting to Eastbourne rail route but maintenance work was taking place. We therefore took the 99 bus from the seafront in Hastings back to Sovereign Park.
Start: 12 April 2014
End: 12 April 2014
References & Links:
|20140501||Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux|
|20140501||Bayeux Tapestry in Reading [copy]|
|20140501||Hastings to Eastbourne - someone else's story|
Updated KJM 04 June 2016