National Trails – Discover the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

The end of one national trail is often fairly close to the start of another, but not in Norfolk. The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is far removed from the network of national trails, and is the only such route in East Anglia.

Peddars Way And Norfolk Coast Path
The unmistakeable striped cliffs of Hunstanton glisten in the sunset

With big skies, wild marshland, dramatic clifftops and sandy beaches the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is described in the Cicerone guidebook over eight delightful days of accessible walking, with good transport links making it easy to tackle them as day walks or a few long weekends.

History of the National Trail

Officially the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path was opened as a National Trail in 1986 at a ceremony presided over by the Prince of Wales at Holme next the Sea. Before that both trails existed as separate entities, the Peddars Way taking in the Brecks and farmland of Norfolk, and the coast path taking walkers on a meander along the cliffs and shingle on the edge of the North Sea.

How long is this National Trail?

The two official path distances added together – 49 miles for the Peddars Way, and 47 miles for the Norfolk Coast Path – give a total of 96 miles.

When to go?

Luckily the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is a walk that can be enjoyed year round. In the summer it can feel akin to walking abroad with big blue skies and the best of the British seaside at your doorstep. In winter the path takes on a whole new character. No matter what the weather the entire path is one to savour.

For more information on National Trails check out the Cicerone guidebook - The National Trails - by Paddy Dillon.

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