The battlefield lies between Northam and Appledore. The initial attack on the raiders took place around the historic village of Northam and they retreated towards their ships at Appledore before making a stand on the far side of a marsh represented by the place name ‘Marshford’
Today some of the marsh is built on, but much of the battlefield is open fields and allotments, an organic smallholding and a caravan site. It is well-served by roads and footpaths and is easy to explore.
Planning your visit to the Battlefield
The best way to explore the battlefield is on foot.
You can park at Churchfields Car Park at the end of Appledore Quay.
From here a Battlefield walk will take 90-120 minutes.
The approximate battlefield location is Churchill Way, Northam EX39 1NS.
Please see the Northam 1069 Battlefield Guide Download
It is a good idea to wear comfortable footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather. The walk to the battlefield involves a steep uphill section of about 100 metres in Pitt Hill – this section is not suitable for people with restricted mobility. For those with restricted mobility it might be easier to take the bus or drive to Northam. There are frequent buses from the bus stop on Appledore Quay opposite the Seagate Hotel.
It is a good idea to take water in hot weather and wear sunscreen.
Marshford Organic shops sells refreshments and cold drinks
If you intend to stay longer in the area there are numerous hotels and guest houses in Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho! Other local attractions include Appledore Maritime Museum, Westward Ho! beach and Bideford.