Top 8 Norman walks
Get out into the fresh air with our top selection of Norman walks.
Ahead of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 we've picked some of our favourite Norman sites from across England, which are perfect to explore on foot.
Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror at Battle. The Battle of Hastings redefined England, and the Abbey was founded by William to commemorate those who fell in the battle. Explore the abbey and the battlefield to let your imagination take you back to one of the most dramatic moments in English history.
Finally, stroll into the centre of the picturesque market town of Battle, which was founded to support the abbey to see the Norman Church of St Mary.
Explore one of the first Norman castles in England, built by William the Conqueror. In 1086, when Norman rule was threatened by revolt and invasion, William held an important ceremony here, where the most powerful men of England took an oath of loyalty to him. Find out more in Spotlight on Old Sarum.
The castle stands on an Iron Age hill fort, and overlooks Salisbury's orginal cathedral. With 29 acres of rare grass chalkland, and panoramic views of Wiltshire, there is plenty to discover. Take one of the footpaths around the ramparts and look out for the spire of Salisbury Cathedral, or stroll along the banks of the River Avon.
The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses, founded by William Peverel, one of William the Conqueror's most trusted knights.
Climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley, a highlight of any family day out in Castleton.
Richmond Castle is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in England, and was a key military stronghold in the unruly North of England.
Begin with a walk along the banks of the River Swale. Take in the Georgian architecture and cobbled market square of the historic town, before ascending the hill to the castle. Set high above the valley, the castle offers sweeping views of the town and the North York Moors.