The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is a National Trail of two halves. The route starts in the forest of Knettishall Heath and follows the Peddars Way for 47 miles to the coast at Hunstanton. The Peddars Way is one of the oldest roads in the UK and is the best preserved of all Norfolk’s Roman roads. The village of Castle Acre is on the path and here you will find the Castle Acre Priory, dating back to 1090, this is the largest and best preserved monastic sites in England, home to an order of Cluniac monks, their fondness for elaborate decoration is reflected in the architecture of the priory.
On the coast at Hunstanton the Norfolk Coast Path joins the trail, Hunstanton is a popular overnight destination for many walkers. This charming, Victorian seaside resort is still a popular destination for holiday makers or day trippers, the town is west facing and most visitors will enjoy a stunning sunset over The Wash.
The Path now follows the coast line for most of the remaining walk to Cromer. The terrain is quite flat, this is not an especially strenuous walk and a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to take their time and watch the wild life and birds.
Wells next the Sea is another wonderful stopping off point, maybe take an extra day and visit the nearby Holkham Hall. This is a privately-owned working estate, you are invited to walk around the house and gardens, exhibitions, the extensive grounds, nature reserve and beach. Wells next the Sea itself is a busy little town with narrow streets, lots of cafes and restaurants and even a steam railway, another popular destination for a walk free day.
The next sizeable village on the coastline is Blakeney, a pretty coastal village with its flint cottages and narrow streets, its set on a small hill above the harbour. Nearby Blakeney Point is one of the most important sites for migrating birds in Europe. If the weather is good then book a boat trip out to Blakeney Point to see common and grey seals as they bask on the sands.
Cromer is the final destination on this walk. This wonderful town is famous for its tasty crab, you can have a go at catching your own or buy from one of the local fish mongers. Cromer has a traditional pier which was constructed in Victorian times and has been described as ‘indestructible’. It has stood firm through many a storm and even an attempt by the British Army attempt to bomb it during the Second World War in case it was used as a landing strip by enemy invaders. The town has a long and proud tradition of RNLI service and is home to the Henry Blogg Museum. Henry Blogg was the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboat men, he served for 53 years and is thought to have saved 873 lives during that time.
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is served well by the Coast Hopper bus. The buses run along the coast road and provide an excellent service to walkers in the area. The start and end points on the path also have excellent transport links with the rest of the southern UK. This walk is far gentler than other coastal walks we offer such as The Pembrokeshire Coast Path. But the scenery is just as wonderful and I think you will enjoy it. Give us a call here at The Walking Holiday Company for further information.