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The Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path

 

P2003A209848	The track heading north to Castle Acre.
     
PB100114	Looking east over the cliffs to the coastguard lookout above Sheringham.
P2003A209848 The track heading north to Castle Acre.
     
PB100114 Looking east over the cliffs to the coastguard lookout above Sheringham.

Background

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path comprises two seperate paths that join at Holme-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk Coast; these paths are the Peddars Way, which follows the Romanised route of the Icknield Way from Knettishall Heath near Thetford to the North Norfolk Coast, and the North Norfolk Coast Path, which runs from Holme-next-the-Sea to Cromer. There is an option to walk the couple of miles west from Holme-next-the-Sea into Hunstanton, and this makes a good point to start or end the seperate halves of the walk.

I have not walked this route in one go; I first walked the Norfolk Coast stretch in 2001; I also did a more coastal variation in late 2002 as part of my walk around the coastline of Britain. I did the Peddars Way north from Thetford in late 2003 as a wind-down walk after the coastal walk, and I camped out along the way.

Of the two halves of the path I must admit that I much preferred the coastal stretch; there was must to see and public transport and accomodation was easy to sort out. The views were also magnificent, and there was not a single boring stretch of path. The Peddars Way is very different; it runs straight for a long distance along tracks and roads, and seems to avoid settlement as much as possible, meaning that getting refreshments and accommodation is difficult without diverting off the path.

The map.


The walk statistics:

Planned Completed To do Percentage completed
Distance 94.5 miles94.5 miles0 miles100 %
Legs 6 6 0 100 %

 
Total duration of walk 1 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes
Stopped time 2 hours and 15 minutes
Shortest completed leg Dovehill Wood to Hunstanton bus station at 8.3 miles
Longest completed leg Hunstanton bus station to Wells-next-the-Sea campsite at 21.5 miles
Average distance per leg 15.74 miles

 

 

P2003A199809	The first stretch of the Peddars Way.
     
P2003A199823	Heading north along the Peddars Way.
P2003A199809 The first stretch of the Peddars Way.
     
P2003A199823 Heading north along the Peddars Way.

The route below does not include the stretch of path inland of Titchwell, as I walked along the coast road instead of doing the long and seemingly boring inland diversion. This alters the mileage of the path somewhat. Also note that my route involves visiting Hunstanton, which is an option on the trail and which increases the route.


The walk in full:

No.From To Distance Status
1 Knettishall Heath North Pickenham 19.7 Completed
2 North Pickenham Dovehill Wood 20.8 Completed
3 Dovehill Wood Hunstanton bus station 8.3 Completed
4 Hunstanton bus station Wells-next-the-Sea campsite 21.5 Completed
5 Wells-next-the-Sea campsite Cley-next-the-Sea bus stop 11.1 Completed
6 Cley-next-the-Sea bus stop Cromer bus station 13.1 Completed


Further information

If you want more details of the path, then have a look at the following book. I used this book throught my walk, and it proved to be invaluable.

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More Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path photos

 

P2003A199832	The path to the south of North Pickenham.
     
P2003A209851	The cluniac Priory at Castle Acre.
P2003A199832 The path to the south of North Pickenham.
     
P2003A209851 The cluniac Priory at Castle Acre.

 

P2003A209861	The path heading north beside the road from Castle Acre.
     
P2003A209878	Heading north along the Peddars Way.
P2003A209861 The path heading north beside the road from Castle Acre.
     
P2003A209878 Heading north along the Peddars Way.

 

P2003A219899	Ringstead.
     
P2003A219908	Descending down to the sea.
P2003A219899 Ringstead.
     
P2003A219908 Descending down to the sea.

 

P2003A219917	Heading along the beach towards Hunstanton.
     
P2003A219920	Nearing the cliffs at Hunstanton.
P2003A219917 Heading along the beach towards Hunstanton.
     
P2003A219920 Nearing the cliffs at Hunstanton.

 

P2002B020048	The striped cliffs of Hunstanton.
     
P2002B020062	Thornham Church.
P2002B020048 The striped cliffs of Hunstanton.
     
P2002B020062 Thornham Church.

 

P2002B020079	The creek behind Burnham Deepdale.
     
P2002B020085	The windmill in Burnham Overy Staithe.
P2002B020079 The creek behind Burnham Deepdale.
     
P2002B020085 The windmill in Burnham Overy Staithe.

 

P2002B020091	A boat at Burnham Overy Staithe.
     
P2002B020013	The path running through the trees from Holkham Gap to Wells.
P2002B020091 A boat at Burnham Overy Staithe.
     
P2002B020013 The path running through the trees from Holkham Gap to Wells.

 

AN17	The waterfront in Blakeney.
     
PB100103	Looking west along the shingle beach from Cley Eye.
AN17 The waterfront in Blakeney.
     
PB100103 Looking west along the shingle beach from Cley Eye.

 

PB100109	Looking west along the shingle beach near Weybourne Hope, with a wartime lookout post on the beach.
     
PB100112	Boats on the beach at Weybourne Hope.
PB100109 Looking west along the shingle beach near Weybourne Hope, with a wartime lookout post on the beach.
     
PB100112 Boats on the beach at Weybourne Hope.

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