Walking Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path
Although two separate paths, the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path form one National Trail combining centuries of history with some of the finest and most varied scenery in East Anglia.
The Peddars Way 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 Brecks area of Norfolk was home to the legendary ‘Queen of the Iceni’, otherwise known as Boadicea. 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 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.
The Norfolk Coast Path travels 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.
A coastline 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.
Unspoilt villages, Norfolk’s beautiful churches and abbeys, and the traditional windmills typical to this part of England add cultural and historical interest of this delightful National Trail.
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)
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