Unlike that famous battle in Hastings in 1066, which settled England’s fate pretty promptly, the Norman conquest of Pembrokeshire a few decades later was a long hard slog involving years of guerrilla warfare, sieges, skirmishes and peace deals.
Tony Robinson embarks on his own long hard slog with this four-day hike along Pembrokeshire’s spectacular coastline, up craggy hills dotted with the remains of fortresses and over the softer terrain inland that’s now a national park. To help him he has a guide written by Gerald of Wales, a “medieval Stephen Fry” with boundless enthusiasm for his homeland, who described the air around Manorbier as being “like heaven’s breath”.
Tony Robinson heads to the south-west corner of Wales and one of Britain's finest coastal paths to find out why Pembrokeshire feels so English, even though it's more than 100 miles from the border. With its numerous castles and a fine cathedral, there are sure signs the Normans stamped their mark over the area. Tony's four-day walk traces the story of their conquest of the county, which he discovers was very different from the knockout victory at Hastings, involving a long, fiercely fought struggle.