Walking the English coast - the easy way!


The  walk from Bexhill to Pevensey is on and off road and some is along the shingle beach. There's much to see in Pevensey and Westham including the Norman Pevensey Castle. William I built the castle on the remains of the 3rd century Roman Fort, Anderida. There are two Grade I churches just outside the castle walls, St Mary's in Westham and St Nicholas in Pevensey.
The Grade II Mint House, Pevensey, was home to Andrew Boarde, Court Physician to Henry VIII. Edward VI also stayed here.

Bexhill


Bexhill Museum has 5 heritage trails.

The heritage trails are 4 trails to follow and the fifth is a brief guide to the history of the town.

Gillham Woods Nature Reserve, Withyham Rd, Bexhill

A tiny wood quite near to Cooden Sea Road and Cooden Beach Station. From the station turn left into Cooden Sea Road then right into Withyham Road. Pass Kewhurst Avenue and the woods are on the left.

Highwoods Site of Special Scientific Interest, off Peartree Lane, Bexhill is owned by Rother District Council and managed by Highwoods Preservation Society.


Collington Wood

Collington Wood on Westcourt Drive is a delightful little wood with a children's play area and open ground for games.


Crowhurst

The nearby village and Parish of Crowhurst has beautiful views. It is surrounded by wonderful countryside with Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the stunning Fore Wood which is a nature reserve managed by the RSPB. In spring, the carpet of bluebells is magnificent! The birdsong is breath-taking! The village is also within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Grade I Listed (because of the tower) Parish Church of St George has three ancient Yew trees. The oldest pre-dates the Norman conquest and would have been an old and large tree then, in 1066. The oldest part of the present church building, the tower, dates from 1450, but much of the building is 19th century.

For a walk, leave the station via the north bound platform, walk to the end of the lane and turn left. Walk along to Old Forewood Lane. Bare left, Fore Wood nature reserve is on your right, and walk down the hill to the bottom of the road. Here you can see the church and the wonderful ancient churchyard with a telling stone* facing the road. (*A stone on which the priest would stand to address the congregation in the open air.)

Behind the church, there's an ancient ruined manor which dates from the 13th century. It was built by Walter de Scotney, steward to the Earl of Gloucester. De Scotney came to a miserable end. He was hanged at Winchester in 1259 for poisoning the Earl. The manor was later owned by John of Gaunt, son of Edward III and father of Henry IV. Unfortunately, there's little to see of the ruins now.

Also, behind the church and the ruins is a footpath across the fields which leads back to Fore Wood. As you walk through the fields, on the obvious footpaths, and the wood you will slowly go uphill and hardly notice the climb back up to the level of the station. Leave the wood via Fore wood Lane and return to the station (having avoided the steep climb up the road you previously walked down). For detailed directions please visit the RSPB.

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