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Hike the treasured Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path in 11 days

Hiking Collection by komoot

10-23

days

3-6 h

/ day

167 mi

4,250 ft

4,275 ft

Patchwork fields, windmills, ancient ruins, sleepy villages, golden beaches, wildlife-rich marshes and dramatic coastal cliffs — this iconic hike boasts some of the most treasured walking in England.

The National Trail this Collection covers combines two routes: Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path. Starting at Knettishall Heath Country Park, in Suffolk, the Peddars Way follows a Roman road to Holme-next-the-Sea, on the north Norfolk coast, where it meets the Norfolk Coast Path and runs along cliff-tops and beaches to Hopton-on-Sea.

Famed for its remoteness, wildlife, heritage and beauty, this diverse trail showcases the best of Norfolk. They say the people who live in this county have 'one foot on the land and one in the sea'. The truth is, you are never far from water here, whether it is beside the peaceful windmill-framed rivers inland or the birdlife-rich sands of the coast.

The entire trail is very clearly way-marked and the landscape is relatively flat, so this is a perfect choice for people who have not attempted a long-distance walk before. If you are a long-distance veteran, though, do not be put off. At 167 miles long—the official route is 129.5 miles (208 kilometers) but this Collection makes a few worthy detours—this trail can be as challenging, or as lesirely, as you want to make it.

In the Collection, we are opting for medium-challenging. If you do fancy going at a more leisurely pace, many people opt for 14-16 days to complete this trail. Or, if you are feeling fit, see if you can complete it in seven days.

If you plan to arrive in Norfolk by car, your best option is to park in Thetford and catch a taxi to Knettishall Heath for around £15. Once you have completed the route, you will need to catch the X1 or X11 bus service from Hopton-on-Sea to Norwich and then catch a direct train from Norwich to Thetford. Services run regularly and it costs around £10-£15 for the journey, which takes roughly 30 minutes.

If you plan to arrive by public transport, you are best catching the train to Thetford. There are direct services from London and it can be reached from most places with a transfer. From Thetford, you need to catch a taxi to Knettishall Heath for around £15. Once you have completed the route, you will need to catch the X1 or X11 bus service from Hopton-on-Sea to Norwich Railway Station, which runs direct and regular services to London.

The Peddars Way combines with three other long-distance footpaths — the Wessex Ridgeway, the Ridgeway, and Icknield Way Path — to form the Greater Ridgeway, an epic country-crossing hike from Lyme Regis, in Dorset, to Hunstanton, in Norfolk, that follows an ancient trade route developed long-before Roman occupation. If you would like to combine these routes, follow the links below.

For the Wessex Ridgeway hiking route, click here: komoot.com/collection/935252.
For the Ridgeway hiking route, click here: komoot.com/collection/889209.
For the Icknield Way Path, click here: komoot.com/collection/954916.

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Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

134 mi

2,900 ft

2,975 ft

Last updated: November 25, 2021

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    Stage 1: From Knettishall Heath to Little Cressingham — Peddars Way

    Difficult
    06:24
    15.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Peddars Way begins in the Brecks, an area of peaceful river valleys and breathtaking beauty.

    

    Rich in wildlife and steeped in history dating back to the Stone Age, the trail follows an old Roman road—traversed by legionnaires 2,000 years ago—through the Norfolk countryside, all the way to the coast

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  • Difficult
    08:14
    19.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    750 ft
    650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As you leave Little Cressingham, you will find that history and intrigue is never far away.

    

    Fewer than four miles (6.4 kilometers) in, you reach the church of St Mary’s, in Houghton-on-the-Hill. Saved from demolition in the nineties, the church boasts awe-inspiring wall-paintings that date to the 11th

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  • Difficult
    07:01
    16.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    For day three, it is definitely worth following the detour shown here. Who knows, you might see The Queen!

    

    While the Peddars Way continues straight along the Roman road, this extension veers east, briefly, so you can see Bircham Windmill—the only working windmill in the area that is open to the public

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  • Difficult
    07:05
    17.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After leaving Dersingham, you head east to pick up the Peddars Way once again.

    

    After three days sauntering through the peaceful patchwork Norfolk countryside this trail traverses, today is the day you part ways with the iconic Roman road.

    

    As you walk down to Ringstead, the chalk base rock becomes evident

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  • Difficult
    07:38
    18.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After completing the Peddars Way, the landscape changes as you begin the Norfolk Coast Path.

    

    In contrast to the remote arable landscape and sleepy rural villages, you will find the next leg boasts a heady mix of charming coastline, golden beaches wildlife-rich marshes, immense skies, small harbours and

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    14.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Burnham Overy, the remote beauty of the Norfolk coastline never leaves you—and neither does the spellbinding sea, sand and salt-marsh.

    

    Along this stretch, you take a detour inland to visit the magnificent Holkham Hall; a thriving 25,000-acre country estate that is rich in history, architecture and

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  • Difficult
    05:46
    14.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As you leave Stiffkey, the trail overlooks one of the most important salt-marshes in Europe.

    

    This area is something of a marshy-bird-watching-Mecca and is home to many species, including avocet, marsh harrier, redshank, oystercatcher, lapwing, sandwich tern, pink-footed goose, and many more.

    

    Around the

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  • Difficult
    07:39
    18.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    825 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Leaving Weybourne, the route rises and follows clifftops to the seaside town of Sheringham.

    

    From there, you ascend Beeston Hill—known locally as ‘the bump’—where you are afforded magnificent views over the sea and countryside.

    

    As you approach Cromer (where some guides incorrectly say the trail ends) you

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    10.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Mundesley, the path returns to the beach. Unlike the section between Cromer and Overstrand yesterday, however, this section cannot be completed at high tide.

    

    Be sure to check tidal information carefully before undertaking this section as tidal surges are common. For information, visit: magicseaweed.com/Mundesley-Surf-Report/1397/Tide

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  • Difficult
    05:04
    12.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Sea Palling, the trail winds through grassland, scrub, woodland and blackthorn thickets.

    

    After rising from the dunes at Poplar Farm, you are afforded wonderful views that stretch inland and along the coast.

    

    You then descend and wind through tall sand dunes and grazing marsh. At this point, you pass

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  • Intermediate
    04:09
    10.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As you leave Caister-on-Sea, the route enters Great Yarmouth North Denes Site of Special Scientific Interest, which supports almost ten percent of all Britain’s breeding little tern colonies.

    

    A short time later, you reach Great Yarmouth: a bustling seaside destination famous for its long and pristine

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    167 mi
  • Duration
    69:15 h
  • Elevation
    4,250 ft4,275 ft

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