The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Walking Holiday

The combined Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walking holiday is a unique long distance trail through diverse, historic and stunning coastal landscape.

It’s one of 15 UK National trails that combine two totally different long distance paths in Norfolk.  

  • The first, The Peddars Way, is the historic and peaceful walk along an old Roman road which starts in woodland near Thetford and takes you along farm tracks, arrow straight paths, through quiet country villages and ending up at the coast, all the while enjoying the peace of the British countryside.  
Peddars Way tracks
  • The second, the Norfolk Coast Path, is a complete contrast to the Peddars Way.  It’s one of diverse Norfolk coastal scenery ranging from salt marshes and water meadows to golden beaches and cliff tops as well as bustling coastal seaside towns.
The Norfolk Coast Path at Happisburgh

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Distances

The whole of this trail is 130 miles.  Some love to walk the whole distance, but for others that may be too far.  

At Norfolk Walking Holidays we have two options for this particular walk

  • One is finishing in Cromer which is where the original Norfolk Coast Path ended, and would be 93 miles
  • The other option is to finish at Hopton-on-Sea, which is now the end of the Norfolk Coast Path and is the full 130 miles.  

Map of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Below is the map of the whole of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walking holiday.  It shows you exactly why you’ll get such a diverse range of scenery as you literally cut through Norfolk and then continue along the whole of the Norfolk coastline.  

Don’t forget, you can stop at Cromer should you wish, or anywhere else for that matter.  We can chat about a bespoke Norfolk walking holiday for whatever requirement you have.  You can see the varying options available to walk this trail here.

Map of the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

In 2016 there was an extension to the path which enabled walkers to carry on from Cromer to Sea Palling, and then in 2018 the path was extended yet again, to finish at Hopton-on-Sea.  This is on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and now forms part of the England Coast Path.

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Options

As mentioned above, there are two varying options to walk this trail.  If you are unsure whether you want to walk the full trail or just a part of it, please don’t hesitate to give me a ring and we can chat about it.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Suzy Watson
+44 (0)7765 668188
enquiries@norfolkwalkingholidays.com

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path to Cromer

  • The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path are two very different trails. The Peddars Way is part of an old Roman Road and once used by pilgrims on their way to the religious shrine at Walsingham. It takes you through an assortment of woodlands, alongside open fields and dead straight tracks. You pass a wonderful priory ruin and some ancient burial grounds! The Norfolk Coast Path gives you the huge Norfolk skies which fall against the flat horizon. With the wildlife, salt marshes, creeks and water meadows to golden beaches and walks along the cliff tops, this is a truly wonderful coastal experience. This option ends at Cromer.

    Trail distance: 93 miles/150 km from Knettishall Heath to Cromer
    Graded: easy to moderate
    Open from: April to October


    Prices:
    NCPPW1 - 6 days walking – from £660 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCPPW2 - 7 days walking – from £750 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCPPW3 - 8 days walking – from £830 per person (based on 2 sharing)

  • Prices for this Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walk are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £45 per person per night applies

    Trail Code: NCPPW1
    Trail length: 93 miles/150 km
    Trail duration: 7 night’s accommodation, 6 days walking
    Average miles: 15.5 miles/24.9 km per day
    Prices from: £660 per person (based on 2 sharing)

    6 Day suggested walking itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Thetford

    Day 1
    Walk from Thetford to Lt Cressingham (14.5 miles/23.2 km)

    The first day takes you through mixed woodlands and pine forests, alongside heathland and an MOD training ground and out onto open fields and farm tracks. You may take a little detour to see an Ice Age Pingo Pond or the man-made mere of Thompson Water. It’s a chance to experience rural Mid Norfolk.

    Day 2
    Walk from Lt Cressingham to Gt Massingham (16.6 miles/26.6 km)

    Today requires a good stretch of road walking on peaceful lanes, but the countryside more than makes up for this. Bypassing the Georgian town off Swaffham, you arrive into the pretty village of Castle Acre where you can explore the medieval ruins of both the stunning Priory and the castle. Continuing on the walk, you follow the road out of Castle Acre, passing the highest point of the Peddars Way to finally arrive in the pretty village of Gt Massingham

    Day 3
    Walk from Gt Massingham to Hunstanton (17 miles/27.2 km)

    Passing an ancient burial ground, the walk undulates on these arrow straight tracks, sometimes enclosed by hedges, other times with a wide expanse of open countryside on either side. You’ll even pass an old gun powder store! Once you reach the coast, you continue on along the path to Hunstanton, either via the beach or the sea wall.

    Day 4
    Walk from Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe (15 miles/24 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds and the wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deedale to Overy Staithe. You will either stay in Burnham Overy Staithe or catch the bus to Wells-next-the-Sea depending on the type of accommodation you prefer.

    Day 5
    Walk from Burnham Overy Staithe to Blakeney (15 miles/24 km)

    Today you head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach where the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests, Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port and more salt marshes await this stretch as you eventually arrive at Blakeney Quay.

    Day 6
    Walk from Blakeney to Cromer (15 miles/24 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which was an old WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

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  • Prices for this Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walk are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £45 per person per night applies

    Trail Code: NCPPW2
    Trail length: 93 miles/150 km
    Trail duration: 8 night’s accommodation, 7 days walking
    Average miles: 13.3 miles/21.4 km per day
    Prices from: £750 per person (based on 2 sharing)

    7 Day suggested walking itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Thetford

    Day 1
    Walk from Thetford to Lt Cressingham (14.5 miles/23.2km)

    The first day takes you through mixed woodlands and pine forests, alongside heathland and an MOD training ground and out onto open fields and farm tracks. You may take a little detour to see an Ice Age Pingo Pond or the man-made mere of Thompson Water. It’s a chance to experience rural Mid Norfolk.

    Day 2
    Walk from Lt Cressingham to Gt Massingham (16.6 miles/26.6 km)

    Today requires a good stretch of road walking on peaceful lanes, but the countryside more than makes up for this. Bypassing the Georgian town off Swaffham, you arrive into the pretty village of Castle Acre where you can explore the medieval ruins of the both the stunning Priory and the castle. Continuing on the walk, you follow the road out of Castle Acre, passing the highest point of the Peddars Way to finally arrive in the pretty village of Gt Massingham

    Day 3
    Walk from Gt Massingham to Hunstanton (17 miles/27.2 km)

    Passing an ancient burial ground, the walk undulates on these arrow straight tracks, sometimes enclosed by hedges, other times with a wide expanse of open countryside on either side. You’ll even pass an old gun powder store! Once you reach the coast, you continue on along the path to Hunstanton, either via the beach or the sea wall.

    Day 4
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 5
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deepdale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 6
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 7
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 miles/24 km or 13 miles/21 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which was an old WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

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  • Prices for this Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walk are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £45 per person per night applies

    Trail Code: NCPPW3
    Trail length: 93 miles/150 km
    Trail duration: 9 night’s accommodation, 8 days walking
    Average miles: 11 miles/17.7 km per day
    Prices from: £830 per person (based on 2 sharing)

    8 Day suggested walking itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Thetford

    Day 1
    Walk from Thetford to Lt Cressingham (14.5 miles/23.2 km)

    The first day takes you through mixed woodlands and pine forests, alongside heathland and an MOD training ground and out onto open fields and farm tracks. You may take a little detour to see a Pingo Pond or the man-made mere of Thompson Water. It’s a chance to experience rural Mid Norfolk.

    Day 2
    Walk from Lt Cressingham to Castle Acre (11.5 miles/18.5 km)

    Today requires a good stretch of road walking on peaceful lanes, but the countryside more than makes up for this. Bypassing the Georgian town off Swaffham, you arrive into the pretty village of Castle Acre where you can explore the medieval ruins of the both the stunning Priory and the castle. You’ll then be transferred to your accommodation for the night.

    Day 3
    Walk from Castle Acre to Sedgeford (13.5 miles/21.5 km plus 1 mile to accommodation)

    Today you have a tiny little bit more road walking until you pass the highest point of the Peddars Way! From here the walk is pretty much on tracks, with a couple of villages in between. Passing an ancient burial ground, the walk undulates on these arrow straight tracks, sometimes enclosed by hedges, other times with a wide expanse of open countryside, and probably pigs, on either side! Sedgeford is your stop today. This is a pretty flint stone village which was home to a huge archaeological dig a few years ago.

    Day 4
    Walk from Sedgeford to Hunstanton (Approx 8 miles/12.8 km)

    A much shorter walk today heading towards the coast. You have one village to walk through with an attractive church and houses built from the local carrstone. You arrive in the middle of the dunes at the end of the Peddars Way and continue to walk along the Norfolk Coast Path to Hunstanton.

    Day 5
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 6
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deepdale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 7
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 8
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 miles/24.1 km or 13 miles/21 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which was an old WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

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  • I really want you to have the best walking experience you can have, and for me that means it’s important to find decent accommodation. The availability of accommodation on the Peddars Way is a little sparce, but once onto the the Norfolk Coast Path there is more choice.

    Everyone is different and everyone’s needs are different. I like to listen and to make sure that you are happy with what I am offering. In the process of booking, I may send you links of the accommodation. I respect that fact that you are on holiday and you want the best for you.

    I have visited all of the places where you would be staying and met with the owners or managers so I know exactly what they are like. They are all extremely friendly and hospitable! Nothing is too much trouble and most of them go out of their way to give you a great stay.

    Most of the accommodation is on the path, but there are possibly a few where you will need to take a short detour, particularly on the Peddars Way.

    You may also have to take the easy-to-use Coasthopper bus on the Norfolk Coast Path where accommodation is not available, such as in the village of Cley. This is all explained at the time of booking.

    It’s very helpful, when booking, to let me know if you prefer pubs to B&B’s, although sometimes there is no choice!

  • Included:
    Bed and breakfast accommodation in either a B&B or a pub, dependent on availability and your personal preferences.
    Luggage transfer from place to place
    Your holiday pack which includes a very detailed itinerary which includes places of interest, lunch stops and details of the accommodation providers, how to reach them etc, an excellent guidebook, and the "A to Z" OS booklet which maps out the path.
    Emergency contact details for me in the event of a problem.

    Excluded:
    Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
    Travel Insurance – please make sure you have travel insurance to cover this holiday.
    Transport for any rest days. We will be happy to book you taxis should you require.
    Travel to/from Thetford/Hunstanton and to/from Cromer/Gt Yarmouth.
    Rest days -any costs for rest days or extra activities undertaken.

    Extras:
    Additional nights used other than on this walking itinerary (e.g. rest days, any additional days at the beginning or end of the walk for your own personal holiday not covered by the itinerary).
    Rest days - suggest you add on approximately £60 per person per night.
    Solo walker and single walker supplements - please add on approximately £40 per night to cover the cost of single occupancy, maps and guidebooks for one, and baggage transfers for one.

  • All details about how to arrive at your B&B or pub will be in the information pack that is sent out to you prior to your walk, whether you are arriving by car or public transport.


    By Road:
    Thetford is reached by road via the A11 or the A134.
    Hunstanton is located in West Norfolk, 30 minutes north of King’s Lynn on the main coastal road of the A149.
    Cromer is located on the North Norfolk Coast approximately 45 minutes north of Norwich on the A140/A149.

    Car parking:
    There is usually parking at your accommodation for the duration of your walk. However, there may be times when I need to ask a pub if you can park in their car park whilst walking.

    By Rail:
    To/from Thetford: Thetford has a railway station served by the Southern network. Trains run to and from Cambridge/Norwich and Ely.
    To/from Hunstanton: The nearest train station to Hunstanton is King’s Lynn (Great Northern network and has direct lines into and out of London Kings Cross
    To/from Cromer: Cromer railway station (Abellio Greater Anglia network). Trains run to and from Norwich. To reach London you would need to change at Norwich for onward travel.

    By Bus:
    The local bus service runs from King’s Lynn to Wells serviced by Lynx No 36 (https://www.lynxbus.co.uk/bus-times-fares/) and then from Wells to Cromer on CH4 (https://www.sanderscoaches.com/copy-of-5-north-walsham---holt).
    Norfolk Green bus service No 10. And 11 also run from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton. (http://www.norfolkgreen.co.uk/services)

    By Air:
    The nearest airport is London Stansted Airport.

  • If you would like to take an extra day or two as a rest day, please just let me know when you book. We can chat about ideas. As I live in Norfolk, I have a good idea of what there is to see and whether it’s worth visiting! It’s also a great way to see a little extra other than the walking trail! Some choose to take a rest day in the middle of the walk, others at the end or beginning. I’m also happy to organise for an onward journey to Norwich if required.


    Please just ask me and we can chat about it.


Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path to Hopton

  • The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path and two very different trails. The Peddars Way is part of an old Roman Road and once used by pilgrims on their way to the religious shrine at Walsingham. It takes you through an assortment of woodlands, alongside open fields and dead straight tracks. You pass a wonderful priory ruin and some ancient burial grounds! The Norfolk Coast Path gives you the huge Norfolk skies which fall against the flat horizon. With the wildlife, salt marshes, creeks and water meadows to golden beaches and walks along the cliff tops, this is a truly wonderful coastal experience. This particular option ends in Hopton-on-Sea.

    Trail length: 130 miles/209 km from Knettishall Heath to Hopton
    Graded: easy to moderate
    Open from: April October

    Prices:
    NCPPW4 - 9 days walking – from £875 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCPPW5 - 11 days walking – from £1,085 per person (based on 2 sharing)
    NCPPW6 – 12 days walking – from £1,155 per person (based on 2 sharing)

  • Prices for this Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walk are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £45 per person per night applies.

    Trail Code: NCPPW4
    Trail length: 130 miles/209 km
    Trail duration: 10 night’s accommodation, 9 days walking
    Average miles: 14 miles/22.5 km per day
    Prices from: £875 per person

    9 day suggested walking itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs. It’s always a good idea to have a chat before we go into detail about the walk. That way we can work out exactly what you require for your walking holiday. I also delight in choosing excellent accommodation if that is what you prefer.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Thetford

    Day 1
    Walk from Thetford to Lt Cressingham (14.5 miles/23.2 km)

    The first day takes you through mixed woodlands and pine forests, alongside heathland and an MOD training ground and out onto open fields and farm tracks. You may take a little detour to see an Ice Age Pingo Pond or the man-made mere of Thompson Water. It’s a chance to experience rural Mid Norfolk.

    Day 2
    Walk from Lt Cressingham to Gt Massingham (16.6 miles/26.6 km)

    Today requires a good stretch of road walking on peaceful lanes, but the countryside more than makes up for this. Bypassing the Georgian town off Swaffham, you arrive into the pretty village of Castle Acre where you can explore the medieval ruins of both the stunning Priory and the castle. Continuing on the walk, you follow the road out of Castle Acre, passing the highest point of the Peddars Way to finally arrive in the pretty village of Gt Massingham

    Day 3
    Walk from Gt Massingham to Hunstanton (17 miles/27 km)

    Passing an ancient burial ground, the walk undulates on these arrow straight tracks, sometimes enclosed by hedges, other times with a wide expanse of open countryside on either side. You’ll even pass an old gun powder store! Once you reach the coast, you continue on along the path to Hunstanton, either via the beach or the sea wall.

    Day 4
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.6 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 5
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.6 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deepdale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 6
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.6 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 7
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 miles/24 km (or 13 miles/20 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which was an old WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Day 8
    Walk from Cromer to Sea Palling (18 miles/29 km)

    This stretch of the walk gives you amazing views from the cliff tops down to the beaches below which seem to stretch for miles. It keeps you close to the coast, passing through a few villages and towns. This is the stretch where you’ll see the results of a huge sandscaping project at Bacton. You may like to stop at the iconic red and white lighthouse at Happisburgh and then continue on along the coast and beach until you arrive at the man made reefs at Sea Palling.

    Day 9
    Walk from Sea Palling to Hopton (21.5 miles/34 km)

    From here you will be taken through a Special Site of Scientific Interest and onto the wilderness of Winterton Dunes, skirting the busy town of Hemsby and then head on, walking below the cliffs and on the beaches until you arrive in the middle of Gt Yarmouth. A quick glimpse of the historic quarter breaks up the walk through the town and eventually you experience more peace once through Gorleston and on to the end of the walk at Hopton-on-Sea.

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  • Prices for these Norfolk Coastal Path walks are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £45 per person per night applies.

    Trail Code: NCPPW5
    Trail length: 130 miles/209 km
    Trail duration: 12 night’s accommodation, 11 days walking
    Average miles: 12.5 miles/20.1 km per day
    Prices from: £1,085 per person

    11 day suggested walking itinerary

    This particular itinerary can always be altered to suit your needs i.e. making the last stretches more even mileage.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Thetford

    Day 1
    Walk from Thetford to Lt Cressingham (14.5 miles/23.2 km)

    The first day takes you through mixed woodlands and pine forests, alongside heathland and an MOD training ground and out onto open fields and farm tracks. You may take a little detour to see an Ice Age Pingo Pond or the man-made mere of Thompson Water. It’s a chance to experience rural Mid Norfolk.

    Day 2
    Walk from Lt Cressingham to Castle Acre (11.5 miles/18.5 km)

    Today requires a good stretch of road walking on peaceful lanes, but the countryside more than makes up for this. Bypassing the Georgian town off Swaffham, you arrive into the pretty village of Castle Acre where you can explore the medieval ruins of both the stunning Priory and the castle. You’ll then be transferred to your accommodation for the night.

    Day 3
    Walk from Castle Acre to Sedgeford (13.5 miles/21.7 km plus 1 mile to accommodation)

    Today you have a tiny little bit more road walking until you pass the highest point of the Peddars Way! From here the walk is pretty much on tracks, with a couple of villages in between. Passing an ancient burial ground, the walk undulates on these arrow straight tracks, sometimes enclosed by hedges, other times with a wide expanse of open countryside, and probably pigs, on either side! Sedgeford is your stop today. This is a pretty flint stone village which was home to a huge archaeological dig a few years ago.

    Day 4
    Walk from Sedgeford to Hunstanton (Approx 8 miles/12.8 km)

    A much shorter walk today heading towards the coast. You have one village to walk through with an attractive church and houses built from the local carrstone. You arrive in the middle of the dunes at the end of the Peddars Way and continue to walk along the Norfolk Coast Path to Hunstanton.

    Day 5
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 6
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deepdale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 7
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 8
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 miles/24.1 km or 13 miles/21 km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which was an old WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks (unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer

    Day 9
    Walk from Cromer to Mundesley (8.5 miles/13.6 km)

    After a lovely stretch on the beach to Overstrand and walking through a little part of the village, the path eventually you onto the cliff tops with amazing views down to the beaches below. Coastal erosion is very evident along the cliffs at Trimingham. Eventually you arrive in Mundesley to stop at the top of the promenade.

    Day 10
    Walk from Mundesley to Sea Palling (9.5 miles/15.2 km)

    The walk today is again quite varied. You start out by walking along the beaches of Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott. Then you are taken onto more cliffs until you reach Happisburgh where you’ll see the iconic red and white lighthouse. Always a great place to stop and take photos. Arrival at Sea Palling is heralded by the man-made reefs just out to sea and the golden sand and calm waters.

    Day 11
    Walk from Sea Palling to Hopton (21 miles/33 km)

    From here you will be taken through a Special Site of Scientific Interest and onto the wilderness of Winterton Dunes, skirting the busy town of Hemsby and then head on, walking below the cliffs and on the beaches until you arrive in the middle of Gt Yarmouth. A quick glimpse of the historic quarter breaks up the walk through the town and eventually you experience more peace once through Gorleston and on to the end of the walk at Hopton-on-Sea.

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  • Prices for these Norfolk Coastal Path walks are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own as a solo traveller, or if you are walking in a group but would like a single room, then the additional single supplement of £45 per person per night applies.

    Trail Code: NCPPW6
    Trail length: 130 miles/209 km
    Trail duration: 13 night’s accommodation, 12 days walking
    Average miles: 10.8 miles/17.3 km per day
    Prices from: £1,155 per person

    12 day suggested walking Itinerary

    The itineraries can always be altered to suit your needs.

    Arrival
    Arrive and stay the night in Thetford

    Day 1
    Walk from Thetford to Lt Cressingham (14.5 miles/23.2 km)

    The first day takes you through mixed woodlands and pine forests, alongside heathland and an MOD training ground and out onto open fields and farm tracks. You may take a little detour to see an Ice Age Pingo Pond or the man-made mere of Thompson Water. It’s a chance to experience rural Mid Norfolk.

    Day 2
    Walk from Lt Cressingham to Castle Acre (11.5 miles/18.5 km)

    Today requires a good stretch of road walking on peaceful lanes, but the countryside more than makes up for this. Bypassing the Georgian town off Swaffham, you arrive into the pretty village of Castle Acre where you can explore the medieval ruins of both the stunning Priory and the castle. You’ll then be transferred to your accommodation for the night.

    Day 3
    Walk from Castle Acre to Sedgeford (13.5 miles/21.5 km plus 1 mile to accommodation)

    Today you have a tiny little bit more road walking until you pass the highest point of the Peddars Way! From here the walk is pretty much on tracks, with a couple of villages in between. Passing an ancient burial ground, the walk undulates on these arrow straight tracks, sometimes enclosed by hedges, other times with a wide expanse of open countryside, and probably pigs, on either side! Sedgeford is your stop today. This is a pretty flint stone village which was home to a huge archaeological dig a few years ago.

    Day 4
    Walk from Sedgeford to Hunstanton (Approx 8 miles/12.8 km)

    A much shorter walk today heading towards the coast. You have one village to walk through with an attractive church and houses built from the local carrstone. You arrive in the middle of the dunes at the end of the Peddars Way and continue to walk along the Norfolk Coast Path to Hunstanton.

    Day 5
    Walk from Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Starting at Hunstanton, you’ll get your first glimpse of the Norfolk coast and experience the joys of one of the many nature reserves that you’ll come across. Stroll through two pretty flintstone villages of Thornham and Brancaster, enjoy the boardwalk amongst the Norfolk reeds towards Brancaster Staithe.

    Day 6
    Walk from Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea (11 miles/17.7 km)

    You’ll enjoy wonderful views over the marshes as you amble along the sea wall from Burnham Deepdale to Overy Staithe. You head away from Burnham Overy Staithe walking along the creek towards the beach. Here the sand dunes part and you have an incredible view of the iconic North Norfolk coast. Swathes of golden sand and huge skies. Hoklham beach and pine forests and Wells-next-the-Sea fishing port awaits your arrival!

    Day 7
    Walk from Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney (just under 8 miles/12.5 km) or Cley (11 miles/17.7 km)

    Today you’ll experience yet more salt marshes, maybe take a break at Morston Quay to admire the wonderful view along the creek and then resume your walk to Blakeney (or continue on to Cley).

    Day 8
    Walk from Blakeney (or Cley) to Cromer (15 miles/24.1 km or 13 miles/24.1km)

    The landscape changes today. A 4 mile hike along shingle adjacent to the Cley nature reserve (there is an alternative to this which I can tell you about) and onto the first of the cliffs along the Norfolk Coast. Heading towards Sheringham you begin to see the rugged nature of coastal erosion. A quick bypass along the promenade at Sheringham brings you up to Beeston Bump which was an old WWII wireless interceptor station. From here you descend, sometimes amongst the caravan parks(unavoidable), but eventually arrive at the pier in Cromer.

    Day 9
    Walk from Cromer to Mundesley (8.5 miles/13.6 km)

    After a lovely stretch on the beach to Overstrand and walking through a little part of the village, the path eventually you onto the cliff tops with amazing views down to the beaches below. Coastal erosion is very evident along the cliffs at Trimingham. Eventually you arrive in Mundesley to stop at the top of the promenade.

    Day 10
    Walk from Mundesley to Sea Palling (9.5 miles/15.2 km)

    The walk today is again quite varied. You start out by walking along the beaches of Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott. Then you are taken onto more cliffs until you reach Happisburgh where you’ll see the iconic red and white lighthouse. Always a great place to stop and take photos. Arrival at Sea Palling is heralded by the man-made reefs just out to sea and the golden sand and calm waters.

    Day 11
    Walk from Sea Palling to Caister (12 miles/19.3 km)

    The sea becomes hidden today by the sand dunes as you walk landward of the beaches until you reach the dunes at Winterton. You will also walk past Horsey beach which is home to 1000’s of seal and their pups in the winter months. You may well get to see some swimming in the sea or even on the beach. Winterton Dunes are a Special Site of Scientific Interest with Knatterjack toads sometimes seen or heard. The walk from Hemsby to Caister is a real coastal walk along the beach.

    Day 12
    Walk from Caister to Hopton (9.5 miles/15 km)

    From Caister you head into the middle of Gt Yarmouth. A quick walk through the very touristy main street brings you out into the historic quarter as you follow the road markings until you eventually leave the bustle of the town and the busy port to arrive at the quieter beach and promenade at Gorleston. The path then takes you along the beach until you reach the end of the Norfolk Coast Path at Hopton.

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  • I really want you to have the best walking experience you can have, and for me that means it’s important to find decent accommodation. The availability of accommodation on the Peddars Way is a little sparce, but once onto the the Norfolk Coast Path there is more choice.

    Everyone is different and everyone’s needs are different. I like to listen and to make sure that you are happy with what I am offering. In the process of booking, I may send you links of the accommodation. I respect that fact that you are on holiday and you want the best for you.

    I have visited all of the places where you would be staying and met with the owners or managers so I know exactly what they are like. They are all extremely friendly and hospitable! Nothing is too much trouble and most of them go out of their way to give you a great stay.

    Most of the accommodation is on the path, but there are possibly a few where you will need to take a short detour, particularly on the Peddars Way.

    You may also have to take the easy-to-use Coasthopper bus on the Norfolk Coast Path where accommodation is not available, such as in the village of Cley. This is all explained at the time of booking.

    It’s very helpful, when booking, to let me know if you prefer pubs to B&B’s, but sometimes there is no choice!

  • Included:
    Bed and breakfast accommodation in either a B&B or a pub, dependent on availability and your personal preferences.
    Luggage transfer from place to place
    Your holiday pack which includes a very detailed itinerary which includes places of interest, lunch stops and details of the accommodation providers, how to reach them etc, an excellent guidebook, and the "A to Z" OS booklet which maps out the path.
    Emergency contact details for me in the event of a problem.


    Excluded:
    Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
    Travel Insurance – please make sure you have travel insurance to cover this holiday.
    Transport for any rest days. We will be happy to book you taxis should you require.
    Travel to/from Thetford/Hunstanton and to/from Cromer/Gt Yarmouth.
    Rest days -any costs for rest days or extra activities undertaken.

    Extras:
    Additional nights used other than on this walking itinerary (e.g. rest days, any additional days at the beginning or end of the walk for your own personal holiday not covered by the itinerary).
    Rest days - suggest you add on approximately £60 per person per night.
    Solo walker and single walker supplements - please add on approximately £45 per night to cover the cost of single occupancy, maps and guidebooks for one, and baggage transfers for one.

  • All details about how to arrive at your B&B or pub will be in the information pack that is sent out to you prior to your walk, whether you are arriving by car or public transport.


    By Road:
    Thetford is reached by road via the A11 or the A134.
    Hunstanton is located in West Norfolk, 30 minutes north of King’s Lynn on the main coastal road of the A149.
    Cromer is located on the North Norfolk Coast approximately 45 minutes north of Norwich on the A140/A149.

    Car parking:
    There is usually parking at your accommodation for the duration of your walk. However, there may be times when I need to ask a pub if you can park in their car park whilst walking.

    By Rail:
    To/from Thetford: Thetford railway station served is by the Southern network. Trains run to and from Cambridge/Norwich and Ely.
    To/from Hunstanton: The nearest train station to Hunstanton is King’s Lynn (Great Northern network and has direct lines into and out of London Kings Cross
    To/from Cromer: Cromer railway station (Abellio Greater Anglia network). Trains run to and from Norwich. To reach London you would need to change at Norwich for onward travel.

    By Bus:
    The local bus service runs from King’s Lynn to Wells serviced by Lynx No 36 (https://www.lynxbus.co.uk/bus-times-fares/) and then from Wells to Cromer on CH4 (https://www.sanderscoaches.com/copy-of-5-north-walsham---holt).
    Norfolk Green bus service No 10. And 11 also run from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton. (http://www.norfolkgreen.co.uk/services)

    By Air:
    The nearest airport is London Stansted Airport.

  • If you would like to take an extra day or two as a rest day, please just let me know when you book. We can chat about ideas. As I live in Norfolk, I have a good idea of what there is to see and whether it’s worth visiting! It’s also a great way to see a little extra other than the walking trail! Some choose to take a rest day in the middle of the walk, others at the end or beginning. I’m also happy to organise for an onward journey to Norwich if required.


    Please just ask me and we can chat about it.


Why walk both of these trails?

Walking both of these trails will give you a huge sense of satisfaction, especially when you think back on your holiday and remember the completely varied landscape and wildlife that you will have walked along and seen.  

Many walks have the same terrain throughout the trail, but here in Norfolk you’ll experience some very different scenery as you meander your way from the depths of the Mid Norfolk woodlands, up to the North Norfolk coast and around, to finally finish on the beach at the border of Norfolk and Suffolk.   

cliffsatsheringham

This Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path trail is very underrated, (and I may be sticking my neck out here!), but I think that’s because many walkers imagine it to be boring flat landscape.  Just read the testimonials here to see what others thought of the trail.

"Suzy, thank you so much for organising the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.  We all thoroughly enjoyed it - and loved it all!  The arrangements worked incredibly well, efficient baggage transfer and with excellent pubs and B&B's"

This is a walk that I hope you’ll look back on and think “wow, that was very different and fascinating”. 

I have written a walking blog about both of these paths, so if you would like to see what you'll experience on this trail, nip over to one of these links below.  They were my daily thoughts as I walked these paths. (Both of these links take you over to my sister site of Explore Norfolk UK).

My Peddars Way Blog

My Norfolk Coast Path Blog

What you’ll see on this National Trail

In case you haven’t read my other pages on the individual trails of the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path,  walks which you can also take with Norfolk Walking Holidays, here is a short summary of what you can expect to see on this wonderful long distance trail.

National Trail sign post

The Peddars Way

On the first stretch of this National Trail, you’ll pass the amazing Castle Acre Priory ruin which dates back to the 1089.  

Bridge over the river on the Peddars Way

If you have time, you could always visit the interior, as well as nipping along to the castle ruins, also in the village.  If you don’t have time, there is a small path around the priory ruins which means you can look in awe at the architecture of the ruin and then head back to the tea room for a quick cup of tea!

You’ll also get a chance to wander slightly off the path and walk around some Ice Age Pingo ponds or sit in a bird hide and admire the man-made mere and surrounding wildlife.

More history on the path takes the form of three ancient burial grounds which are grassy mounds on the edge of the Houghton estate.  And you walk through a few quiet flintstone villages and along peaceful lanes.

One thing you won’t see on the Peddars Way, but you will really notice, is the peace and quiet along much of the walk.  

The Norfolk Coast Path

Norfolk beaches

Along the Norfolk Coast Path, which has completely contrasting landscape, you’ll spend time on some of the many varying stretches of our wonderful Norfolk beaches where you’ll see why everyone says Norfolk has huge skies!  I say “varying” because the Norfolk beaches do differ hugely.  

norfolk creeks

The tide goes out for miles on the North Norfolk Coast and you’ll be lucky if you can reach the sea (but the photo opportunities are amazing!), whereas on the east coast, the sea is always much closer to you, and the landscape appears more rugged in places (my personal opinion!).

You’ll discover salt marshes that have silted up over years and now prevent some of the “slightly inland” villages remaining as important ports.  And as you wander up the creeks amongst the salt marshes, you should spot, or hear, varying wading birds.  

The path takes you along sea walls which prevent the sea from spilling over into fresh water meadows, grazed by cattle and frequented by incredible wildlife.  

Cliffs at Cromer

This landscape then gives way to cliffs.  Yes, we have cliffs in Norfolk!  Many of these are actually in danger of coastal erosion, but you’ll be walking along the tops of these, with wonderful views of never-ending beaches and groynes. 

I hope that gives you a tiny insight into what awaits you on this fantastic long distance trail! 

I don’t believe you can compare this walk to any other walks.  I think it’s unique in its landscape and wildlife, and I really hope that you might decide to explore Norfolk on the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walking trail.

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