Lewes Priory

Lewes Priory ruins

Battle of Lewes Walk (Sussex Archaeological Society)

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These two walks together take in the principal sites associated with the Battle of Lewes in 1264. Conflict between King John and his Barons over issues of high taxes and justice led to the Sealing of the Magna Carta in June 1215 at Runnymede. Nearly fifty years later those issues surfaced again. The result was the Battle of Lewes and Simon de Montfort’s first true Parliament. The Battle took place mainly on the Downs above Lewes where King Henry III, his son Prince Edward (later King Edward I), his brother Richard Earl of Cornwall and loyal barons fought against Simon de Montfort, his sons and the rebel barons.

The battlefield walk takes you up on the Downs at Landport Bottom, with views over Lewes, whilst the Town Centre walks takes in visits to Lewes Castle and the Priory, where Henery’s men satyed the night before Battle.

For an alternative town walk, see the BBC’s Norman Walk: Lewes.

For a much longer extended walk which still takes in the main battle sites but offers a long downland walk too, try the 12 and a half mile walk from Fancy Free Walks, Lewes and the South Downs.