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5 Mar 2013
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9781852847074
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The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

by Phoebe Smith
Book published by Cicerone Press

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail is an easy-to-follow 96-mile route that combines the best of inland and coastal walking, and one that is ideal for people new to long-distance walks. In eight detailed stages, this guidebook shows how to complete the scenic trail over a week and how to split it over a series of weekends.

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Description

With big skies, wild marshland, dramatic clifftops and sandy beaches, the 96 miles of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail offers eight delightful days of accessible walking with good transport links and accommodation, making it easy to tackle as a series of day walks or a few long weekends.

The 49 miles of the Peddars Way starts in the heart of East Anglia near Thetford. It follows the route of a Roman road through rural Norfolk, passing picture-perfect villages accessed by walkways lined with Scots pine, and ends in Hunstanton, where it joins the Norfolk Coast Path.

From here the 47 mile Norfolk Coast Path follows a spectacular coastline, Hunstanton's dramatic striped cliffs gradually giving way to the wildness of a less commercial coastline, with the opportunity to glimpse rare sea birds above the salt marshes on the approach to the trail's end at the pier in Cromer.

This National Trail is fully waymarked on well-established paths and bridleways. There are no steep hills, but care should be taken on or near crumbling clifftops. The route can be undertaken at any time of year, the Coasthopper bus providing and easy escape from anywhere along the coast should the weather turn bad. Cyclists should note that while the Peddars Way can be followed with just a few minor deviations, bikes are not permitted on the coastal section of the trail.

This guidebook describes the route in eight easy stages perfect for the novice long-distance walker, with plenty of local history, wildlife and accommodation information.

•    illustrated with OS map extracts and inspiring photographs
•    points of interest explained including the Norfolk Songlines sculptures along the way
•    facilities in the towns and villages described in detail
 

  • Seasons
    with the least rainfall in the UK and a normally sunny outlook this long distance path can be enjoyed year round
  • Centres
    Knettishall, Little Cressingham, Castle Acre, Snettisham, Hunstanton, Brancaster, Wells next to the Sea, Blakeney, Sheringham and Cromer
  • Difficulty
    a waymarked National Trail so easy to follow; no huge sections of ascent or difficult terrain; mostly on forest tracks, country lanes, sand, waterside paths and cliff tops; easy-moderate with the length being the only thing some may find a challenge
  • Must See
    an old Roman Road, an array of birds (observatories too), windmills, churches, picturesque villages, castle ruins, earthworks, Bronze Age tumuli, carved stone sculptures, sand dunes, striped cliffs, extensive sea views, salt marshes and traditional British seaside resorts
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Contents

Contents
Introduction
Geology
History of Norfolk
History of the trail
Wildlife
Plants and flowers
Art
What to take
Waymarking, access and maps
Emergencies
Using this guide
Getting there
When to go
In which direction?
Accommodation
Health and safety
Practicalities
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path
Stage 1 Knettishall Heath to Little Cressingham
Stage 2 Little Cressingham to Castle Acre
Stage 3 Castle Acre to Sedgeford
Stage 4 Sedgeford to Hunstanton
Stage 5 Hunstanton to Burnham Deepdale
Stage 6 Burnham Deepdale to Stiffkey
Stage 7 Stiffkey to Cley next the Sea
Stage 8 Cley next the Sea to Cromer
 
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
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