4 to 11 nights
46 to 93 mls (km)
East Anglia
Easy to Moderate
Mar to Oct
£405

Walking The Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way

  • 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

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.

Peddars 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.

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

Path Walkthrough

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.

Our Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way Itineraries

  • Hunstanton to Cromer
    Distance: 46 miles (74km)
    NCP1
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £600 pp
    NCP1 ~ Hunstanton to Cromer ~ 6 / 5 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    5 walking days
    6 nights accommodation
    6 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    NCP2
    5 Nights, 4 Days
    from £505 pp
    NCP2 ~ Hunstanton to Cromer ~ 5 / 4 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    4 walking days
    5 nights accommodation
    5 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    NCP3
    4 Nights, 3 Days
    from £405 pp
    NCP3 ~ Hunstanton to Cromer ~ 4 / 3 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    3 walking days
    4 nights accommodation
    4 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
  • Thetford to Hunstanton
    Distance: 48 miles (77km)
    PW1
    5 Nights, 4 Days
    from £510 pp
    PW1 ~ Thetford to Hunstanton ~ 5 / 4 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    4 walking days
    5 nights accommodation
    5 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    PW2
    4 Nights, 3 Days
    from £410 pp
    PW2 ~ Thetford to Hunstanton ~ 4 / 3 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    3 walking days
    4 nights accommodation
    4 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
  • Thetford to Cromer
    Distance: 93 miles (149.5km)
    PWNCP1
    9 Nights, 8 Days
    from £925 pp
    PWNCP1 ~ Thetford to Cromer ~ 9 / 8 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    8 walking days
    9 nights accommodation
    9 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    PWNCP2
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £715 pp
    PWNCP2 ~ Thetford to Cromer ~ 7 / 6 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 nights accommodation
    7 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    PWNCP3
    11 Nights, 10 Days
    from £1125 pp
    PWNCP3 ~ Thetford to Cromer ~ 11 / 10 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    10 walking days
    11 nights accommodation
    11 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    PWNCP4
    10 Nights, 9 Days
    from £1015 pp
    PWNCP4 ~ Thetford to Cromer ~ 10 / 9 classic
    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

    What's Included:
    9 walking days
    10 nights accommodation
    10 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    • 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

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

    Our Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way holidays are available to walk March to October.

    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.

    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

    If you wish to upgrade your overnight accommodation on occasion, we will be happy to arrange this wherever availability allows – prices to be advised. Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way Client Reviews

    4.8/5 based on 10 reviews
    Characterful scenery. We both feel very well after the walk.
    - October 2019
    Lovely vistas, fresh aris, nice fellow walkers ...
    - October 2019
    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.
    - 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.
    - 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.
    - June 2019
    Thank you for another fantastic holiday
    - 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.
    - July 2018
    "Luggage and personal transfer were excellent."
    - 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!')."
    - 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."
    - September 2013
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