Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path

Distance: 154km (96 Miles) Max Height: 103m (338ft) Ascent: 1,242m (4075ft) Start: Knettishall Heath Finish: Cromer
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This easy-access National Trail provides both inland and coastal walking. The Peddars Way is one of the links in a prehistoric route, often called the Greater Ridgeway, from The Wash to the South Devon Coast, and it reaches the coast at Holme-next-the-Sea, from where the Trail follows the Norfolk Coast Path east. The first part of this National Trail follows tracks, footpaths and minor roads along, or as near as possible to, the Peddars Way (a Romanised section of the prehistoric Icknield Way, the extant sections of which are a scheduled ancient monument). From the wooded, sandy Breckland heaths, it passes Castle Acre (linking with the Nar Valley Way) and the ruins of the priory and castle to reach the North Norfolk coast at Holme-next-the-Sea. Here a short section of the original Norfolk Coast Path leads west to Hunstanton, (the measured distance includes the return trip in and out of Hunstanton) while the main Trail heads east along or near to the shoreline over low cliffs, sand dunes, coastal defences enclosing marshes and mud flats, passing woodland, bird sanctuaries and harbours to the original end at Cromer. Recent extensions now take the coastal path all the way to Hopton on the Suffolk Border.

Highlights Along The Route:
Peddars Way Roman Road, Thompson Water Nature Reserve, Little Cressingham Mill, Castle Acre Priory, Castle Acre Castle Ruins, Hunstanton Cliffs, North Norfolk Coast, Holme Dunes Nature Reserve, Brancaster Roman Fort, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Overy Staithe, Holkham Bay, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Stiffkey Marshes, Blakeney, Cley next the Sea, Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, Sheringham, Beeston Bump, Cromer


Route Completed 5th September 2019

17th April 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 1
Knettishall Heath to Little Cressingham
Distance: 24.1km (14.97 Miles)
Ascent: 190m (623ft)
Time: 6 Hours 29 Minutes
15th May 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 2
Little Cressingham to Castle Acre
Distance: 20.8km (12.9 Miles)
Ascent: 151m (495ft)
Time: 7 Hours 21 Minutes
21st May 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 3
Castle Acre to Sedgeford
Distance: 26.2km (16.3 Miles)
Ascent: 224m (735ft)
Time: 7 Hours 7 Minutes
22nd May 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 4
Sedgeford to Hunstanton
Distance: 16.8km (10.4 Miles)
Ascent: 116m (381ft)
Time: 6 Hours 16 Minutes
12th July 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 5
Hunstanton to Burnham Deepdale
Distance: 21.2km (13.17 Miles)
Ascent: 153m (502ft)
Time: 6 Hours 6 Minutes
16th July 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 6
Burnham Deepdale to Wells-next-the-Sea
Distance: 17.8km (11.05 Miles)
Ascent: 93m (305ft)
Time: 4 Hours 50 Minutes
12th August 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 7
Wells-next-the-Sea to Cley-next-the-Sea
Distance: 17.6km (10.93 Miles)
Ascent: 102m (335ft)
Time: 4 Hours 38 Minutes
5th September 2019
Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path - Part 8
Cley-next-the-Sea to Cromer
Distance: 20.9km (12.98 Miles)
Ascent: 256m (840ft)
Time: 5 Hours 13 Minutes