Walking The Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way

Although two separate paths, the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path form one National Trail; combining centuries of history on a walk through Norfolk’s picturesque scenery.

Highlights
  • Hunstanton Cliffs, the red & white striped cliff face is visually striking, and popular with fossil hunters
  • The scenic Victorian fishing town of Cromer
  • Well-next-the-sea, a seaside town that's lost nothing of its historical character
  • One of the UK's best regions for bird-watching, with salt marshes and nature reserves
  • Some of Britian's most pristine stretches of beach
  • Walk through a landscape scattered with Norfolk's famous windmills
  • Hike through the picturesque North Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • 4 to 11 nights
  • 45 to 93 mls (view km)
  • Knettishall Heath, East Anglia
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £370

Vast Skies Over England's Coastal Idyll

The Peddars Way walk starts in the Brecks, an environmentally sensitive area near the old market town of Thetford, and leads as far as Hunstanton on north Norfolk’s Heritage Coast.

The Peddars Way is a near-straight 46-mile trail following a Roman road and supply route used during their attempts to fend off the onslaughts of the Iceni tribe in 61AD; the Brecks area of Norfolk was home to the legendary 'Queen of the Iceni', otherwise known as Boadicea.

The word 'peddar' has its origins in the Middle Ages as a generic term for a footpath. The Peddars Way crosses a varied landscape including open grassland and heath land, picturesque lakes, forests, woodland and fertile arable farmland, all peppered with delightful stone villages.

Hiking the Norfolk Coast Path

Walking the Norfolk Coast Path you head eastwards from the Victorian resort of Hunstanton, through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to Cromer, a bustling port built around Norfolk’s crab fishing industry.

Norfolk's coastline is famous for its remoteness and rugged beauty, the area is also well known for its grass-topped dunes, long sandy beaches, clay cliffs and reed beds which provide the thatch for the picturesque cottages seen in many parts of England.

Norfolk's unspoilt villages, beautiful churches and abbeys, and the traditional windmills typical to this part of England, add cultural and historical interest of this delightful National Trail. Take the combined trip, or pick the particular route that suits you best.

Sheringham-Walking-Pedars-WayPeddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path
Total Distance: 93 miles (149km)
Start/Finish: Knettishall Heath Country Park/Cromer

Peddars Way (only)
Total Distance: 47 miles (75km)
Start/Finish: Knettishall Heath/Hunstanton

Norfolk Coast Path (only)
Total Distance: 46 miles (74km)
Start/Finish: Hunstanton/Cromer

Our team would be delighted to talk to you about an itinerary for a walking holiday on the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.

Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate good service, comfort and organisation.

Path Walkthrough

Walking map of for the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path
Our Norfolk walking holiday route takes you from Knettishall Heath to Cromer

As you may expect from Norfolk, sharp ascents and descents are not a problem - though there are a few undulating sections. The way-marking on the route is kept in reasonable order, but not to the extent where you wouldn't need the benefit of guidebooks, maps and route notes.

There's a wildness to the Norfolk Coast Path, particularly the northern sections, where your path meets the salt marshes that head out into the sea. This is a landscape popular with birdwatchers, with boardwalks over reed covered marshes and several nature reserves cropping up as you follow the path that hooks along the coast. Even in high season you may find that you can have long stretches through marsh, coast and pine forest all to yourself.

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Our Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Hunstanton to Cromer

Length: 46 miles/73.5km Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
NCP16 nights, 5 days£535 (pp)View Itinerary
NCP25 nights, 4 days£460 (pp)View Itinerary
NCP34 nights, 3 days£370 (pp)View Itinerary

Thetford to Hunstanton

Length: 48 miles/77.2km Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
PW15 nights, 4 days£460 (pp)View Itinerary
PW24 nights, 3 days£385 (pp)View Itinerary

Thetford to Cromer

Length: 93 miles/149km Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

CodeDurationStart Price 
PWNCP19 nights, 8 days£810 (pp)View Itinerary
PWNCP27 nights, 6 days£645 (pp)View Itinerary
PWNCP311 nights, 10 days£965 (pp)View Itinerary
PWNCP410 nights, 9 days£885 (pp)View Itinerary

Please note that it may be necessary to stay at some locations for 2 nights. This is due to accommodations only accepting 2 night bookings at busy times or where there is no accommodation in remote areas. In such cases, transfers between the path and your accommodation will be included in your holiday cost.

Hunstanton to Weybourne

Six nights, Five days
Price: £535 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCP1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Hunstanton
Day 2:Hunstanton to Brancaster10 miles/16km
Day 3:Brancaster to Wells-next-the-Sea12 miles/19.2km
Day 4:Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney7.3 miles/11.7km
Day 5:Blakeney to Weybourne7.5 miles/12km
Day 6:Weybourne to Cromer8 miles/12.8km
Day 7:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Six nights accommodation with five walking days. Arrive in Hunstanton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Weybourne on morning of day seven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Hunstanton to Cromer

Five nights, Four days
Price: £460 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCP2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Hunstanton
Day 2:Hunstanton to Brancaster10 miles/16km
Day 3:Brancaster to Wells-next-the-Sea12 miles/19.2km
Day 4:Wells-next-the-Sea to Cley next the Sea10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 5:Cley next the Sea to Cromer13 miles/20.8km
Day 6:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Five nights accommodation with four walking days. Arrive in Hunstanton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Cromer on morning of day six.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Hunstanton to Cromer

Four nights, Three days
Price: £370 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: NCP3
DayLocationDate
Day 1:Arrive Hunstanton
Day 2:Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe15 miles/24km
Day 3:Burnham Overy Staithe to Blakeney15 miles/24km
Day 4:Blakeney to Cromer16 miles/25.6km
Day 5:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with three walking days. Arrive in Hunstanton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Cromer on morning of day five.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Thetford to Hunstanton

Five nights, Four days
Price: £460 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: PW1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Thetford
Day 2:Transfer to Knettishall Heath; then walk to Thompson10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 3:Thompson to Swaffham11.4 miles/18.2km
Day 4:Swaffham to Harpley11 miles/17.6km
Day 5:Harpley to Hunstanton15.2 miles/24.3km
Day 6:Depart Hunstanton

Itinerary Information: Five nights accommodation with four walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day one, walk from day two and depart from Hunstanton on morning of day six.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Thetford to Hunstanton

Four nights, Three days
Price: £385 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: PW2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Thetford
Day 2:Transfer to Knettishall Heath; then walk to Little Cressingham14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 3:Little Cressingham to Great Massingham16.6 miles/26.6km
Day 4:Great Massingham to Hunstanton17 miles/27.2km
Day 5:Depart Hunstanton

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with three walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day one, walk from day two and depart from Hunstanton on morning of day five.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Thetford to Cromer

Nine nights, Eight days
Price: £810 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: PWNCP1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Thetford
Day 2:Transfer to Knettishall Heath; then walk to Thompson10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 3:Thompson to Swaffham11.4 miles/18.2km
Day 4:Swaffham to Harpley11 miles/17.6km
Day 5:Harpley to Hunstanton15.2 miles/24.3km
Day 6:Hunstanton to Brancaster10 miles/16km
Day 7:Brancaster to Wells-next-the-Sea12 miles/19.2km
Day 8:Wells-next-the-Sea to Cley next the Sea10.5 miles/16.8km
Day 9:Cley next the Sea to Cromer13 miles/20.8km
Day 10:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Nine nights accommodation with eight walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day one, walk from day two and depart from Cromer on morning of day ten.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Thetford to Cromer

Seven nights, Six days
Price: £645 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: PWNCP2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Thetford
Day 2:Transfer to Knettishall Heath; then walk to Little Cressingham14.5 miles/23.2km
Day 3:Little Cressingham to Great Massingham16.6 miles/26.6km
Day 4:Great Massingham to Hunstanton17 miles/27.2km
Day 5:Hunstanton to Burnham Overy Staithe15 miles/24km
Day 6:Burnham Overy Staithe to Blakeney15 miles/24km
Day 7:Blakeney to Cromer16 miles/25.6km
Day 8:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day one, walk from day two and depart from Cromer on morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Thetford to Cromer

Eleven nights, Ten days
Price: £965 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: PWNCP3
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Thetford
Day 2:Transfer to Knettishall Heath; then walk to Thompson10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 3:Thompson to Swaffham11.5 miles/18.4km
Day 4:Swaffham to Great Massingham9.8 miles/15.7km
Day 5:Great Massingham to Sedgeford9.8 miles/15.7km
Day 6:Sedgeford to Hunstanton7.25 miles/11.6km
Day 7:Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe11 miles/17.6km
Day 8:Brancaster Staithe to Wells-next-the-Sea11.2 miles/17.9km
Day 9:Wells-next-the-Sea to Blakeney7.3 miles/11.7km
Day 10:Blakeney to Weybourne7.5 miles/12km
Day 11:Weybourne to Cromer8 miles/12.8km
Day 12:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Eleven nights accommodation with ten walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day one, walk from day two and depart from Cromer on morning of day twelve.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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Thetford to Cromer

Ten nights, Nine days
Price: £885 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £40 (pn)
Holiday Code: PWNCP4
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Thetford
Day 2:Transfer to Knettishall Heath; then walk to Thompson10.3 miles/16.5km
Day 3:Thompson to Swaffham11.4 miles/18.25km
Day 4:Swaffham to Harpley11 miles/17.5km
Day 5:Harpley to Sedgeford7.5 miles/12km
Day 6:Sedgeford to Hunstanton7.25 miles/11.6km
Day 7:Hunstanton to Brancaster10 miles/16km
Day 8:Brancaster to Wells-next-the-Sea12 miles/19km
Day 9:Wells-next-the-Sea to Cley-next-the-Sea10.5 miles/17km
Day 10:Cley-next-the-Sea to Cromer13 miles/21km
Day 11:Depart Cromer

Itinerary Information: Ten nights accommodation with nine walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day one, walk from day two and depart from Cromer on morning of day eleven.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning
  • Price Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Rest Days

    From £50.00 pp per night

    Single supplements 

    Solo person bookings: £40.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements only will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Holiday arrival/departure dates

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

  • Getting There

    Train 

    Railway stations are located in Thetford (from Kings Cross, London)

    Cromer (for Liverpool Street Station, London).

    The nearest train station to Hunstanton is Kings Lynn, where there is a connecting train to the seaside town.

    Kings Lynn is served by trains travelling Southbound from Cambridgeshire, and northbound from Liverpool St and Kings Cross station.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk

     

    Coach

    National Express coach stops are located in Thetford (from London Victoria bus terminal)

    www.nationalexpress.com

  • Best Time to Travel

    Norfolk is one of the driest counties in Britain, with much of the British rainfall passing over to the west of the isles.

    Norfolk is often described as having something more of a 'continental climate', with longer summers and a high chance of frost in winters.

    Average rainfall Norfolk                                             Average Sunshine Norfolk                                                Average temperatures Norfolk

Walker Reviews of Our Norfolk Coast Path/Peddars Way Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 5 out of 5, read a selection of 3 reviews below.

"Luggage and personal transfer were excellent."

5 out of 5

July 2018

"A special thank you to the team for the perfect organisation and selection of accommodation! (For the first time we had a feeling of 'what a pity that it ends!')."

5 out of 5

September 2015

"We would recommend this walk to everyone but especially to anyone who doesn't cope with hills very much. The scenery, both country and coastal walk was lovely and diverse. The people we met were friendly and helpful. Food of a good quality everywhere. I wouldn't really change anything."

5 out of 5

September 2013

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