Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path

Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path

A walk through the ancient breckland of the Peddars Way Roman road and along the beautiful east coast.

3 to 18 nights
17-141 miles
Easy to Demanding

From £420 per person

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About the trail

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail combines two contrasting paths. The Peddars Way follows the line of a Roman road through pleasant countryside. It enjoys a mix of country lanes, footpaths and tracks through a varied landscape of open heath, woodland, rich farmland and pretty villages.

As the trail reaches the coast, the Norfolk Coast Path takes over, leading the way along a shoreline famed for its remoteness and wild beauty. Part of the England Coast Path, the walk passes through a diverse landscape of sandy beaches, reed beds, tidal inlets and unspoilt villages. Magnificent stately homes, medieval castles and the seal colonies at Blakeney Point all add to the charm of this scenic trail.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path
  • Peddars Way
  • Norfolk Coast Path - North Section
  • Norfolk Coast Path - South Section
  • Norfolk Coast Path Highlights
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Norfolk Coast Path Short Break - North Section
  • Norfolk Coast Path Short Break - South Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

10 to 18 nights
141 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £1320 per person

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

This holiday option takes in both the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path in their entirety, spanning 141 miles from Knettishall Heath to Lowestoft.

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

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
PWNCP1 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Lowestoft 10 nights, 9 days walking Demanding £1320
PWNCP2 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Lowestoft 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1710
PWNCP3 From Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) to Lowestoft 18 nights, 17 days walking Easy / Moderate £2375

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
NCPNSB From Brancaster(L) to Blakeney 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £420

Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path 10 nights, 9 days walking

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

Travel to Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T) where your first night's accommodation will be 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 Great Massingham(L). 17.5 miles (28km) / 833 ft (254 m) ascent

Day 3

Great Massingham(L) to Hunstanton. 17.5 miles (28km) / 787 ft (240 m) ascent

Day 4

Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe(T). 16 miles (25.5km) / 482 ft (147 m) ascent

Day 5

Burnham Overy Staithe(T) to Blakeney. 15 miles (24km) / 315 ft (96 m) ascent

Day 6

Blakeney to Cromer. 16 miles (26km) / 696 ft (212 m) ascent

Day 7

Cromer to Sea Palling(T). 18 miles (29km) / 794 ft (242 m) ascent

Day 8

Sea Palling(T) to Great Yarmouth. 15 miles (24km) / 315 ft (96 m) ascent

Day 9

Great Yarmouth to Lowestoft. 12 miles (19km) / 328 ft (100 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Lowestoft 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path map
Knettishall Heath to Lowestoft
141 miles (226 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.

What's included?

  • 10 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, 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)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 141 miles (225.5 km)
Duration: 10 nights, 9 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (29 km)
Code: PWNCP1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Thetford/Knettishall Heath(T)
End of holiday: Lowestoft

Route Profile

Peddars Way & 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), or at Diss. The most convenient station will depend on where your accommodation is booked. There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Lowestoft).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Thetford & Diss (for Knettishall Heath). Various buses run from Lowestoft.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a train from Lowestoft to Thetford or Diss.

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.
"Sheringham golf course" by Bob Parkinson (2021) "Sheringham golf course" by Bob Parkinson (2021)
"Walking down to Brancaster" by Bob Parkinson (2021) "Walking down to Brancaster" by Bob Parkinson (2021)
"Burnham Overy Staithe" by Bob Parkinson (2021) "Burnham Overy Staithe" by Bob Parkinson (2021)
"Walking beyond Burnham Overy Staithe" by Bob Parkinson (2021) "Walking beyond Burnham Overy Staithe" by Bob Parkinson (2021)
"Beach View near Holme next the Sea" by Bob Parkinson (2021) "Beach View near Holme next the Sea" by Bob Parkinson (2021)
"Wells-next-the-Sea" by David Crompton (2018) "Wells-next-the-Sea" by David Crompton (2018)
"Castle Acre Priory" by Polina Detraz (2018) "Castle Acre Priory" by Polina Detraz (2018)
"Heading North from Castle Acre Priory" by Polina Detraz (2018) "Heading North from Castle Acre Priory" by Polina Detraz (2018)
"Weybourne" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Weybourne" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Brancaster" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Brancaster" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Cley Windmill" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Cley Windmill" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Brancaster Staithe" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Brancaster Staithe" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Castle Acre Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Castle Acre Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017)

Customer reviews from the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

“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
“Beautiful wide open spaces with lots of seabirds to observe.”
Mrs Bunn, UK
“A great mixture of rural idyll of inland Norfolk and the more bustling seaside along the coast path. The accommodations were all excellent and welcoming. I have recommended this holiday to others already.”
Dr Watson, UK
“Overall it was a very pleasant walk. Nothing strenuous. All arrangements went according to plan.”
Mr Frankham, UK
“Outstandingly good. Contours provided a fully reliable service with everything going according to plan. We highly recommend this holiday company.”
Mrs Collins, 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 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
“We have told many people about Contours & how happy we are with the service. We hope to do another hike in 2023.”
Dr Larson, USA
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