The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast path

130 mile national trail - Norfolk's best inland and coastal scenery

By Phoebe Smith

The 130 mile Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail combines the best of inland and coastal walking, and is ideal for people new to long-distance walks. Beginning near Thetford, the route heads north west to near Hunstanton, then follows the heritage coast to Hopton-on-Sea, taking roughly one week to complete.



thanks to a reputation for the least rainfall in the UK and a normally sunny outlook, this long-distance path can be enjoyed year round


Knettishall, Little Cressingham, Castle Acre, Snettisham, Hunstanton, Brancaster, Wells next to the Sea, Blakeney, Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Great Yarmouth


the path is a waymarked National Trail so easy to follow. There are no huge sections of ascent or difficult terrain. Most of the walk is on forest tracks, country lanes, sand, waterside paths and cliff tops. Overall, it's easy-moderate with the length being the only thing some may find a challenge - especially since it has been extended to reach the border of Suffolk!
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a proper walk of two halves, walkers will see/experience: 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
10 May 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
  • Overview

    The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail is an easy-to-follow 130-mile trail that combines the best of inland and coastal walking in Norfolk, and one that, being well waymarked, largely flat and within easy reach of public transport for most of its length, is ideal for people new to long-distance walks.

    Described here in 11 stages, the route can be walked in just over a week but also easily split into day walks or over a series of weekends, with full information about access to start and finish points for each stage by public transport. This handy guidebook is illustrated throughout with extracts of OS 1:50,000 mapping and stunning photographs depicting the Trail in all seasons and describes points of interest along the way, including the Nofolk Songlines sculptures, and also facilities available in the towns and villages.

    The trail is a walk of two halves. The Peddars Way begins at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk and follows the route of an old Roman road for over 40 miles to Holme-next-the-Sea, where it meets the Norfolk Coast Path (which begins nearby, at Hunstanton). This then follows the spectacular north Norfolk coast to the seaside town of Hopton-on-Sea.

  • Contents

    History of Norfolk
    History of the trail
    Plants and flowers
    What to take
    Waymarking, access and maps
    Using this guide
    Getting there
    When to go
    In which direction?
    Health and safety
    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
    Stage 9 Cromer to Sea Palling
    Stage 10 Sea Palling to Caister-on-Sea
    Stage 11 Caister-on-Sea to Hopton-on-Sea

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts

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Phoebe Smith

By day Phoebe Smith is an award-winning travel writer, broadcaster and presenter as well as Editor-at-Large of Wanderlust travel magazine and Sleep Storyteller-in-Residence at​ where she writes scripts for the likes of Stephen Fry, Joanne Lumley and Danai Gurira. By night she’s an extreme-sleeping outdoors adventurer who thrives on heading to the wildest locations she can find in order to sleep in the strangest places she can seek out.

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