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Pevensey Bay beach

Pevensey Bay beach

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Pevensey Bay is an old fishing village founded in the 1600's as Wallsend , the end of the sea wall from Eastbourne . Even now it is only just above sea level, and at high tide in the winter, the sea sometimes breaks through the sea defences.

This area was underwater during the Norman invasion, and only the constant erosion of Beachy Head at Eastbourne , has allowed the pebbles to build up. The area was originally a spit of land attached to Eastbourne , but with the sea level dropping, the shingle has now spread through to Bexhill in the east.

The area to the north east , the Pevensey Levels is a natural haven for wild birds, flowers and animals. The area is very flat and still marshy, with many areas flooding in the winter.

Pevensey Bay was part of the Napoleonic defences of England in the early 1800's. Many Martello towers were built between Eastbourne and Hastings to try to prevent invasion. The towers were manned by the army who were based at the barracks in Hailsham . At the time, the only people who lived here were a few fishermen, or smugglers.

In the early 1900's the village became the holiday resort it is today with much of the coastline development started in the 1930's. Today it is a popular tourist attraction with the nearby historical Pevensey castle.

Disabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Open all the time


Free entry


Wealden District Council


Pevensey Bay,
East Sussex,
BN24 6EH



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Map reference: TQ 658040  Lat: 50.81182 Long: 0.35205

In peak season, trains run from Eastbourne to Pevensey Bay. By car you can access the bay from the A27 then joining the A259. Alternatively take the A259 from Eastbourne

The village is located about 2 miles to the east of Eastbourne , on the English Channel coastline, and about 3 miles south east of the old settlement of Pevensey .

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Pevensey Bay station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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