Dan Snow's Norman Walks

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow puts his walking boots on and sets off to see what the great British landscape can teach us about our Norman predecessors.

Dan Snow's Norman Walks

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow puts his walking boots on and sets off to see what the great British landscape can teach us about our Norman predecessors.

From their violent arrival on these shores, to their most sustaining legacies, Dan's three walks follow an evolutionary path through the Normans' era from invasion, to conquest, to successful rule and colonisation.

On the Sussex coast, along the Welsh border and on the edge of the North York Moors, Dan explores the landscape and whatever evidence might remain - earth mounds, changing coastlines, viewpoints, and the giant stone castles and buildings that were the great symbol of Norman rule. All these elements offer clues as to how the Norman elite were ultimately able to dominate and rule our Anglo-Saxon kingdom.

As Dan discovers, there are a great many unknowns about events in 1066 and thereafter. But one thing is clear - wherever they went, the varied British landscape and its diverse people offered a fresh challenge to the Normans.