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Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven

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Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 15 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide star1 Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide star1 Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide star1 Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide star0 Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide
East Sussex, Westham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide boot Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven Walking Guide
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A 5 mile (8km) figure-of-eight walk from Westham rail station near Pevensey in East Sussex. The route passes through the outer bailey of Pevensey Castle before looping through the local countryside and crossing Pevensey Haven. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is fairly easy and relatively flat. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges and steps plus 8 stiles. These are all wooden fence stiles and, whilst one has a dog gate alongside, some others have wire mesh surrounds, so dogs will need a lift over. There two road crossings of the A27 that need particular care. Some of the field paths can be muddy. You will be sharing many of the fields with cattle and sheep. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Westham rail station, making it ideal for arriving by public transport. If you are coming by car, Westham is located about 4 miles north east of Eastbourne and the rail station has its own car park. Approximate post code BN24 5NF.

Walk Sections

Start to Church
Start to Church

Start point: 50.8157 lat, 0.3245 long
End point: 50.8178 lat, 0.3285 long

Starting from Westham railway station, head away from the station towards Eastbourne Road. Turn right onto Eastbourne Road and follow for the short distance to the road junction and turn right again. Follow the High Street to reach the church on your right-hand side.

Church to High Street
Church to High Street

Start point: 50.8178 lat, 0.3285 long
End point: 50.82 lat, 0.335 long

Immediately after passing the church, bear right at the road junction. Continue to follow the road ahead until it turns sharp left, at which point go through the hand gate and straight ahead into Pevensey Castle. Dating from the Roman period, the original fortress of Pevensey Castle was used as the basis of a later Norman Castle. Minor repairs were carried out to the Outer Bailey walls, whilst a new Inner Bailey was built at the eastern end. The route now runs directly ahead through the Outer Bailey of Pevensey Castle, coming out onto Pevensey High Street on the far side.

High Street to Waterside Path
High Street to Waterside Path

Start point: 50.82 lat, 0.335 long
End point: 50.8255 lat, 0.3315 long

After leaving the castle, cross the road and turn left to follow the roadside pavement a short distance. Turn right onto the bridleway marked 1066 Country Walk, and follow this path to reach the main A259. Cross this fast section of road with care, and continue to follow the well-defined, fenced path. Continue along the field edge paths to reach a bridleway gate next to a field gate. Beyond this gate the path divides. Turn right to continue following the bridleway around the field edge, keeping to the banks of the Pevensey Haven (with the water on your right).

Waterside Path to Rickney Lane
Waterside Path to Rickney Lane

Start point: 50.8255 lat, 0.3315 long
End point: 50.839 lat, 0.3092 long

Follow the path along the banks of the water course, continuing straight ahead at the next path junction, and onwards for another 2km (1.3 miles), passing through several gates along the way. Before reaching Rickney, the route passes to the left of a pylon. After passing through a gate, follow the path along a narrower track beside Bridge Farm. You will emerge to a small lane. Turn right onto the lane, and then right at the road junction to join Rickney Lane.

Rickney Lane to Chilley Farm
Rickney Lane to Chilley Farm

Start point: 50.839 lat, 0.3092 long
End point: 50.8324 lat, 0.3255 long

Follow the lane for approximately 420 metres (385 yds), before turning right onto the next footpath. After crossing the stile at the roadside, follow the waymarked path, bearing left along the field edge, and crossing the next field to reach a footbridge. After the bridge, bear right to follow the path along the edges of the next two fields. After passing through a gate, join the surfaced track and follow it, bearing left, to reach a lane. Turn right and follow Rickney Lane for a short distance to Chilley Farm.

Chilley Farm to Haven Crossing
Chilley Farm to Haven Crossing

Start point: 50.8324 lat, 0.3255 long
End point: 50.8286 lat, 0.3264 long

Turn right into the farm along the signposted footpath following the route to the end of the concrete section of drive. Turn left onto the signposted footpath, from the gate, and then cross the field to take a footbridge. Cross the next field to take a second footbridge. Cross the next field to a large footbridge, crossing the Pevensey Haven, to reach a path junction.

Haven Crossing to Peelings Lane
Haven Crossing to Peelings Lane

Start point: 50.8286 lat, 0.3264 long
End point: 50.8191 lat, 0.3244 long

From this path junction (which we crossed earlier in the walk), continue straight ahead across the levels in the direction waymarked, heading towards a field gate. Continue on the waymaked path through fields to reach a stile and steps leading back onto the A27. Cross the road with care to a stile and on to a footbridge. Follow the waymarked path across the field to a small bridge with stile. After this bridge and stile, follow the route in the direction indicated, heading towards the farm buildings. Follow the route through the farm to reach Peelings Lane.

Peelings Lane to End
Peelings Lane to End

Start point: 50.8191 lat, 0.3244 long
End point: 50.8158 lat, 0.3245 long

Turn left to follow Peelings Lane for a short distance. Turn right into Mortain Road, and follow the road passing the village pond. At the end of the road, turn right and then immediately left, and follow this road to its junction with Pevensey Park Road. Turn left and follow Pevensey Park Road to its end, at the junction with the High Street. Cross the High Street and go ahead to rejoin Eastbourne Road, and follow this back a short distance to the end of the walk at Westham rail station.

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3 Comments for: "Pevensey Castle and Pevensey Haven"

Still ankle deep “swamp” on 6/5/18 magnificent views of Pevensey Castle though.

By JLongbone on 07 May 2018

Do not attempt this walk at this time of year. It’s like a swamp!

ADMIN RESPONSE: The whole of the UK has experienced a very wet winter this year, so lots of walks that are normally just a little muddy in spring, are still very water-logged in March 2018. Hopefully we will have some dry weather soon to help get things back to normal.

By spbondnut on 17 Mar 2018

Lovely walk here today

By Crador on 22 Oct 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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