Stage 11: Swaffham to Hunstanton — Greater Ridgeway Trail
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
March 24, 2021
The final stage on the Greater Ridgeway Trail completes the Peddars Way, from the centre of the county to the North Sea at Hunstanton. Retrace your steps, or rather tyre tracks, out of Swaffham back to the Peddars Way to the east.
Back onto tracks and lanes, your first stop of the day should be at Castle Acre at the English Heritage site of the castle ruins. If you’re into history, you’ve hit gold here with a perfectly preserved footprint of a motte and bailey castle. There’s also a couple of shops and pubs in Castle Acre, so why not stay a while and enjoy this quaint village?
Next head north on the very straight Massingham Road, a small single carriageway lane flanked by lush green high hedges. After crossing the Fakenham Road, the way turns into a dirt track, descending a little into Sedgeford. Finally, the Peddars Way takes you onto back road paths towards the coast, hitting the end of the Peddars Way just north-east of Old Hunstanton near the marshes that host some of the birds that make Norfolk such a haven for birdwatchers.
After toasting the end of the trail, head into Hunstanton via Old Hunstanton which sees the end of the day’s ride. Make sure you visit the old lighthouse here. It was built in 1840 but is now available for hire as a holiday home - why not extend your trip and stay in this iconic tower for a few days?