Peddars Way

Peddars Way

A walking holiday from Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton along the ancient Peddars Way Roman road.

4 to 7 nights
49 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £465 per person

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About this route

The Peddars Way starts at Knettishall Heath and follows an ancient Roman road through the Brecks to the Norfolk seaside town of Hunstanton. As well as quiet river valleys, ancient heathland and rich farmland, the trail visits many historic towns and villages, each with their own amazing stories to tell.

Along with the wealth of history on display, this walk offers ample opportunity to spot rare wildlife, including deer, stoats, foxes and an array of birds that make this area their home.

© Contours Walking Holidays Peddars Way map
Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton
49 miles (79 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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 magnificent Castle Acre Priory.

Arriving at the Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton and enjoying the lively, welcoming atmosphere.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
PEDW1 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hunstanton 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£465
PEDW2 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hunstanton 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£580
PEDW3 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hunstanton 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate£810

Peddars Way 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Little Cressingham(L). 14.5 miles (23km) / 666 ft (203 m) ascent

Day 2

Little Cressingham(L) to Castle Acre(L). 12 miles (19km) / 531 ft (162 m) ascent

Day 3

Castle Acre(L) to Hunstanton. 23 miles (36.5km) / 1089 ft (332 m) ascent


Depart from Hunstanton after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The popular seaside town of Hunstanton is also a good choice for a rest day. There are a range of interesting locations to visit, including Hunstanton Lighthouse and Shipwreck at St Edmund?s Point or the splendid Boston Square. From Hunstanton Prom, you can marvel over Hunstanton's famous cliffs, while, if you journey to the outskirts of Hunstanton, you can visit Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of The Queen, or take a boat trip to view Europe's largest colony of seals.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 49 miles (78.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23 miles (36.5 km)
Code: PEDW1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T)
End of holiday: Hunstanton

Route Profile

Peddars Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Norwich and London Stansted.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Thetford), or at Diss. The most convenient station will depend on where your accommodation is booked. The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Hunstanton) is at King's Lynn (about 16.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Thetford. There is a bus service from Hunstanton to King's Lynn.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station/Liverpool Street to Thetford.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Hunstanton back to Thetford. Alternatively, you could take a taxi/bus from Hunstanton to King's Lynn rail station, from where trains run to Thetford, but this will take much longer.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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