Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

A walking holiday through the ancient Breckland of the Peddars Way Roman Road and the beautiful scenery of the East Coast.
Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Map

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The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail combines two contrasting paths, each of which is a superb walk in its own right. The Peddars Way is a fine country walk from Knettishall Heath near the old market town of Thetford to Hunstanton on north Norfolk's Heritage Coast. The trail follows the line of a Roman road, built during Rome's battle against the rebellious Iceni tribe led by the legendary Queen Boadicea. It is an enjoyable mix of country lanes, footpaths and tracks through a varied landscape of open heath and meres, woodland, rich farmland divided by flower-filled hedgerows and pretty flint and carrstone villages.

The Norfolk Coast Path runs from the Victorian resort of Hunstanton to the busy port of Cromer, the hub of Norfolk's crab fishing industry, along a coastline that is famous for its remoteness and wild beauty. It is a wonderfully diverse landscape of sweeping sandy beaches, grass tufted dunes, saltings, reed beds, creeks, tidal inlets and unspoilt villages that claim a maritime tradition that saw them send warships to repel the Spanish Armada.

Magnificent stately homes, monasteries, medieval castles, traditional windmills that once ground flour or pumped water to keep the fertile fens from disappearing beneath the sea, the spectacular seal colonies at Blakeney Point and the prolific birdlife along the coast add to the charm of this scenic National Trail.

We also offer the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path as a trail running holiday, for those eager to enjoy this trail at speed. Click here to find out more.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking through the quiet and remote Breckland of Norfolk, with its unique atmosphere and landscape.
  • Discovering a wealth of history as you walk along the ancient Roman Road of Peddars Way and visit Castle Acre.
  • Visiting the wonderful Victorian seaside resorts of Hunstanton, Brancaster and Cromer along Norfolk’s Heritage Coast.

Testimonials

"This was just LOVELY! I got the maps in plenty of time, the hotels were FABULOUS! This is my seventh walk with your company and I just love it. It's the perfect get away, I love England with all my heart and little by little I'm getting to know the bits that are on hiking paths. I recommend it heartily to everyone I talk to. It's always been a truly great experience."
- Ms Clink. USA


Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Knettishall Heath to Cromer visiting the contrasting landscapes of Breckland and Norfolk’s East Coast.
Total Distance 93 miles (149 km)
Start and Finish Knettishall Heath to Cromer
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Beach huts at Hunstanton
Boat near Brancaster
Footpath over dunes Peddars Way
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
PWNCP1 7 nights, 6 days walking £625 per person More Information Book Online
PWNCP2 8 nights, 7 days walking £715 per person More Information Book Online
PWNCP3 9 nights, 8 days walking £805 per person More Information Book Online
PWNCP4 10 nights, 9 days walking £890 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£45 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
Extra night (Brancaster)
£70 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

We also offer the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path in two sections, giving those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in stages.


Peddars Way

Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton along the ancient Roman Road of the Brecks.
Peddars Way Highlights Map

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Total Distance 49 miles (78 km)
Start and Finish Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Peddars Way is a walk that starts at Knettishall Heath and follows an ancient Roman road through the unique landscape of the Brecks to the Norfolk seaside town of Hunstanton.

Knettishall Heath is one of the largest areas of Breckland in Suffolk, combining dry heathland, rich farmland and the twisted Scot’s Pines that make the area so unique. Crossing the quiet river valleys of the Brecks, the trail arrives in the sleepy village of Little Cressingham, where you may wish to visit the medieval church of St Andrew or the fascinating water and wind tower. From here, the trail continues in the footsteps of Roman legionaries through gentle sections of woodland and farmland on the way to Castle Acre, a popular village steeped in history.

Castle Acre takes its name from its wonderful 12th century castle that overlooks the River Nar. Having visited the ruins of the castle walls, the village offers further examples of its long and fascinating history, including the Bailey Gate at the entrance to the village and the magnificent Castle Acre Priory, one of the best preserved monasteries in England.

A remote and peaceful stretch of the road sees the trail pass through ancient heathland and farmland, where you may spot wildlife such as Deer, stoats and foxes on the way to Sedgeford, a beautiful village in the lush valley of the Docking River, where a wealth of Roman artifacts have been uncovered.

Finally, the trail continues along the Peddars Way road, with the sea becoming ever closer until you reach the end of Roman road at Holme-Next-The-Sea, a pretty coastal village built from local Carr stone and where there are wonderful stretches of golden sand to walk upon. From here, the walk continues to Hunstanton and the start of the Norfolk Coast Path. Hunstanton, a Victorian seaside resort overlooking The Wash Estuary, is a charming resort of pretty cottages and a peaceful atmosphere.

Holiday Highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of Roman legionaries as you walk along the ancient Roman road through the Brecklands.
  • Exploring the historic village of Castle Acre, with its ancient castle and the magnificent Castle Acre Priory.
  • Arriving at the sea in Holme-Next-The-Sea and feeling the sand between your toes.

Testimonials

"I have just returned from our Peddars Way walk, and on behalf of myself and my Aunt wanted to thank you and all the others who organised our holiday. Everything went very well and all the people we met and who hosted or transported us were efficient and friendly."
- Mr DaCosta. UK

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Peddars Way woodland
Hunstanton Beach
Harbour at Blakeney
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
PEDW1 4 nights, 3 days walking £360 per person More Information Book Online
PEDW2 5 nights, 4 days walking £450 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£45 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Norfolk Coast Path

Hunstanton to Cromer along the dunes, beaches and low cliffs of Norfolk’s Heritage Coast.
Norfolk Coast Path Map

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Total Distance 47 miles (75 km)
Start and Finish Hunstanton to Cromer
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Norfolk Coast Path starts in the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton and passes along Norfolk’s heritage coast on the way to Cromer in the east. The scenery on the Norfolk Coast Path differs greatly from that of Peddars Way as it encounters cliffs, sand dunes, creeks and golden beaches teeming with coastal wildlife, following the sea the whole way.

Leaving the charming cottages and striped cliffs of Hunstanton, the trail sets out along low cliffs with views of the Wash, before it encounters the Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve. This beautiful area of dunes, freshwater pools and saltmarsh provide a wonderful habitat for birds and you may encounter Lapwings, Skylarks and Snow Buntings roosting around the area.

Passing the end of the Peddars Way at Holme-Next-The-Sea, the trail turns inland across farmland for a short while as it approaches Brancaster. Here, the remains of the SS Vina can be spotted from the town’s harbour and the round Saxon tower of St Mary’s Church can be visited.

Next, the trail passes the Roman Fort of Branodunum along a more wild section of marshland and tidal creeks on the way to the old seaport of Burnham Overy Staithe and then continues along a series of beaches, mudflats and golden sands. Shortly after Holkham Bay, part of one of the country’s most diverse nature reserves, the trail enters pretty pine forests and soon arrives at Wells-Next-The-Sea, a beautiful seaside resort framed by long beeches, pine woodland and dotted with charming little fishing boats.

When the trail reaches the coastal village of Blakeney, lined by flint cottages, there is the chance to spot Grey Seals on the saltmarsh and shingle expanses of Blakeney Point national nature reserve. The trail then continues to the lovely village of Cley-Next-The-Sea, a fabulous place to admire the reedbeds of the Cley Marshes and where the wonderful buildings of the historic Cley Windmill and St Margaret’s Church overlooking the harbour can be explored.

A tricky section of the trail follows a shingle ridge to the ancient fishing resort of Weybourne, before heading inland for the final stretch to Cromer. Having reached the highest point of the walk, the trail heads down to the sea again and meets Cromer Pier, where wide beaches and lovely cliffs provide a wonderful backdrop as you sit back and reward your walking with some of Cromer’s freshly caught crab.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spotting the abundance of wildlife at national nature reserves such as Holme Dunes and Blakeney Point.
  • Exploring the beautiful pine forests on the approach to Wells-Next-The-Sea.
  • Watching the boats in the harbours at Brancaster, Burnham and Cromer.

Testimonials

"What a gem. The coastline is beautiful, the towns are fun and the people are friendly. You can't overestimate that last one! Locals know about the path! This path is unknown to international hikers. It should be marketed as an easy, flat trail of great beauty."
- Ms Bernstein. USA

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Coast path above Sheringham Norfolk Coast Path
Burnham Estuary Norfolk
Hunstanton to Brancaster Norfolk Coast Path
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
NCP1 4 nights, 3 days walking £355 per person More Information Book Online
NCP2 5 nights, 4 days walking £435 per person More Information Book Online
NCP3 6 nights, 5 days walking £525 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£45 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
Extra night (Brancaster)
£70 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Norfolk Coast Path Taster Break

This short break along the Norfolk Coast Path takes in some of the most unspoilt coastline in England. This is a single-centre holiday, where you will spend each night in Wells-Next-The-Sea and be transported to the start - and back from the end - of the route.

Beginning in the Victorian seaside resort of Brancaster, the trail sets off through a selection of marshland, tidal creeks, sandy beaches and pine forests to Wells-Next-The-Sea, a beautiful seaside resort with a thriving port filled with little fishing boats. The walk then continues along the coastline and through saltmarshes frequented by redshank, shelduck and brent geese, before coming to an end at the village of Blakeney, offering the perfect chance to spot grey seals from Blakeney Point.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoying the beautiful views out to Holkham Bay, part of one of the country's most diverse nature reserves.
  • Exploring the peaceful pine forests on the approach to Wells-Next-The-Sea.
  • Spotting a vast array of coastal wildlife along the trail, including the family of grey seals at Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve.
Total Distance 20 miles (32 km)
Start and Finish Brancaster / Blakeney
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Beach huts at Hunstanton
Coast path above Sheringham Norfolk Coast Path
Footpath over dunes Peddars Way
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
NCPT1 3 nights, 2 days walking £270 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£45 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at the overnight stop:
Extra night (Standard)
£60 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.