The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail is an historic and diverse long distance walking trail which combines inland heritage and coastal beauty.
Graded as easy (as it's flat) it is one of the National Trails that many people walk in one go, whether you decide to finish in Cromer or carry on walking right around the Norfolk coast to Hopton-on-Sea. You can see the varying options that Explore Norfolk UK can offer you here.
Both the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path are so different in their own very special way.
Explore Norfolk UK offers varying options for walking the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail:
All of these options start at the beginning of the Peddars Way in Knettishall Heath which is just outside Thetford.
Don’t forget that if you only want to walk part of these trails, we can tailor your trip to suit your requirements.
If you're still wondering what the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path have in store for you, you can read a little bit more of a summary of this National Trail here.
Both the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path contrast so well, that to walk both of these long
distance trails will leave you with a lasting memory of such a diverse
county, you’ll be back for more!
From the beginning of the Peddars Way in Thetford, you’ll walk through woodland, cross rivers, walk past important heathland at Brettenham. You’ll amble alongside the training grounds of the MOD and often be party to deep booms from the tanks or quick machine gun fire – you don’t get that on many walks!
You’ll pass Norfolk songline sculptures which will keep your mind active in thought. There is also quite a bit of road walking from Lt Cressingham to just before Gt Massingham which can become a bit tedious, but once you've reached a point called Shepherd's Bush which is just after Castle Acre, you'll be on tracks pretty much all the way to the coast.
On this combined Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path walk there are many wooded paths and farm tracks which take you over the Norfolk countryside, but the peace that abounds on this particular trail is magical.
Castle Acre is one of the hightlights of this particular walk, as you pass the impressive ruins of Castle Acre Priory, and if you choose to take a rest day, this is an excellent place to stop.
For options on how you can walk the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path trail, click here.
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path meet at Holme-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. This next stretch of the walk is so hugely different to the Peddars Way, and this is what makes this particular long distance path so exciting. You’ll walk amongst the salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast, and along board walks, sea walls and cliffs.
You’ll stroll along wide open expanses of golden sand. You’ll come across lots of pretty coastal villages (especially if you choose to walk slightly off the path for lunch maybe), you’ll descend into Victorian seaside towns and occasionally have to walk in amongst caravan sites (my only bug bear on this walk!).
And the wildlife will keep you amused for hours!
This trail can take anywhere between 6 and 12 days. To walk this Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path trail with Explore Norfolk UK you can see the options we suggest above.
We also have a selection of other walks on our Norfolk Walking Holidays page here.
You will have hopefully seen from my individual Norfolk Coast Path page and my Peddars Way page what to expect from both of these differing walks as I go into more detail about what you will come across as you walk both of these trails.
Put the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path together and you have one fantastically interesting and beautiful long distance path!