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 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Hunstanton to Cromer

Length: 46 miles/ 74 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
From
NCP1
6 Nights / 5 Days
£545 pp

Hunstanton to Cromer

6 Nights / 5 Days
Holiday Code: NCP1
From: £545 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 6 nights accommodation with 5 walking days. Arrive in Hunstanton on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 7.

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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NCP2
5 Nights / 4 Days
£465 pp

Hunstanton to Cromer

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: NCP2
From: £465 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Hunstanton on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 6.

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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NCP3
4 Nights / 3 Days
£380 pp

Hunstanton to Cromer

4 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: NCP3
From: £380 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 4 nights accommodation with 3 walking days. Arrive in Hunstanton on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 5.

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

Length: 48 miles/ 77 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
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PW1
5 Nights / 4 Days
£465 pp

Thetford to Hunstanton

5 Nights / 4 Days
Holiday Code: PW1
From: £465 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 5 nights accommodation with 4 walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Hunstanton on morning of day 6.

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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PW2
4 Nights / 3 Days
£385 pp

Thetford to Hunstanton

4 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: PW2
From: £385 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 4 nights accommodation with 3 walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Hunstanton on morning of day 5.

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

Length: 93 miles/ 149.5 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
From
PWNCP1
9 Nights / 8 Days
£825 pp

Thetford to Cromer

9 Nights / 8 Days
Holiday Code: PWNCP1
From: £825 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 9 nights accommodation with 8 walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 10.

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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PWNCP2
7 Nights / 6 Days
£655 pp

Thetford to Cromer

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: PWNCP2
From: £655 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 8.

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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PWNCP3
11 Nights / 10 Days
£990 pp

Thetford to Cromer

11 Nights / 10 Days
Holiday Code: PWNCP3
From: £990 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 11 nights accommodation with 10 walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 12.

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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PWNCP4
10 Nights / 9 Days
£900 pp

Thetford to Cromer

10 Nights / 9 Days
Holiday Code: PWNCP4
From: £900 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £32.50 (pn)
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: 10 nights accommodation with 9 walking days. Arrive in Thetford on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Cromer on morning of day 11.

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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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.

  • 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.

    Solo walker supplement: £45 per night

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £32.50 per night. Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

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

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

  • 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 4.9 out of 5; read a selection of 8 reviews below.

I felt confident in your organisation - I have already and will recommend you to friends. My first solo long distance walk - completing has really improved my confidence and self esteem. The scenery was stunning, especially my last day: Shingle beach and then cliff tops.

5 out of 5

July 2019

With accommodation and luggage taken care of, we were able to better enjoy our walk. The long walk had reinvigorated our minds and broadened our perspective of knowledge acquired in the real world.

4.4 out of 5

June 2019

We have had walking holidays in Europe and wanted to experience one in the UK. The service from your company was very good.

4.5 out of 5

June 2019

Thank you for another fantastic holiday

5 out of 5

September 2018

Heard from you via a friend and you didn't disappoint. I loved the varied landscape and villages. The luggage and personal transport were excellent. Both books you provided were very useful. Thanks again for a well-organised break.

5 out of 5

July 2018

"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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