Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

A walk from Knettishall Heath to Hopton-on-Sea through ancient Breckland and along beautiful coastline.

9 to 17 nights
136 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £875 per person

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About this route

This holiday option takes in both the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path in their entirety, spanning 135 miles from Knettishall Heath to Hopton-on-Sea.

This is an excellent choice for those wanting to enjoy the wonderful contrast between rolling green countryside and unspoilt coastline that this trail showcases.

© Contours Walking Holidays Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path map
Knettishall Heath to Hopton-on-Sea
136 miles (217 km)
2nd January to 24th December

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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
PWNCP1 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 9 nights, 8 days walking Demanding£875
PWNCP2 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 10 nights, 9 days walking Demanding£975
PWNCP3 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate£1265
PWNCP4 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Hopton-on-Sea(T) 17 nights, 16 days walking Easy / Moderate£1655

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path 9 nights, 8 days walking

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  • 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)

Day 2

Little Cressingham(L) to Castle Acre. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 3

Castle Acre to Hunstanton. 22.5 miles (36km)

Day 4

Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe(T). 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 5

Burnham Overy Staithe(T) to Blakeney. 15 miles (24km)

Day 6

Blakeney to Cromer. 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 7

Cromer to Sea Palling(T). 18 miles (29km)

Day 8

Sea Palling(T) to Hopton-on-Sea(T). 20.5 miles (33km)


Depart from Hopton-on-Sea(T) 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 walk 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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 9 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 village of Castle Acre is a good choice for a rest day. Beyond the Bailey Gate that stands as a reminder of the village's extensive walls, are the remains of a Norman castle and Clunian Priory, giving those interested in history plenty to explore.

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.

The Victorian town of Cromer is a wonderful place to explore, with a famous pier, a proud tradition of RNLI service and Life Boat Museum, as well as great independent shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries. This vibrant atmosphere, alongside fantastic Blue Flag beaches, the tallest church in Norfolk and an attractive seafront, make it a great choice for an extra night.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 135.5 miles (217 km)
Duration: 9 nights, 8 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22.5 miles (36 km)
Code: PWNCP1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T)
End of holiday: Hopton-on-Sea(T)

Route Profile

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path 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 and Diss). The most convenient station will depend on where your accommodation is booked. The nearest rail way station at the end of the trail (Hopton-On-Sea) is at Great Yarmouth (approximately 7 miles).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Thetford (for Knettishall Heath) and from Hopton-On-Sea.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Thetford and London Liverpool Street to Great Yarmouth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Hopton-On-Sea to Great Yarmouth. Then you will need to catch a train to Thetford. Finally Take a bus/Taxi to Knettishall Heath.

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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Customer reviews from the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

“Beautiful wide open spaces with lots of seabirds to observe.”
Mrs Bunn, UK
“It was a great experience. The B&B's ranged from satisfactory to excellent, luggage transport went without any problem and the route is nice and (also important) very well marked.”
Mr Severens, Netherlands
“We like the walk very much. There were so many different things to see - architectural styles, flint or stones, changing landscapes from very quiet old roman road to bustling seasides and different kinds of flowers and birds.”
Mr Stoecker, Germany
“Overall it was a very pleasant walk. Nothing strenuous. All arrangements went according to plan.”
Mr Frankham, UK
“The countryside is wonderful, the straight flat roman roads were a refreshing change from the previously hilly areas.”
Ms Tasnady, UK
“An interesting and enjoyable trip to a part of the country that had hitherto been unknown to us. Good walking, good accommodation and as indicated above a varied and interesting landscape.”
Mr Gill, UK
“We really appreciated the effort put in by yourselves to accommodation our tailored walking holiday. It was the best marked route we have ever followed. Trail was well maintained. The trail went from woody to beach. I loved when we hit the Norfolk coastal paths and walked along with the sea by our side.”
Ms Wilson, UK
"Wells-next-the-Sea" by David Crompton (2018)
"Castle Acre Priory" by Polina Detraz (2018)
"Heading North from Castle Acre Priory" by Polina Detraz (2018)
"Weybourne" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Brancaster" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Cley Windmill" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Brancaster Staithe" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Castle Acre Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017)

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