Passing through seaside towns, picturesque villages and landscapes rich in wildlife, heritage and geological interest, the Norfolk Coast Path offers gentle walking along a varied and beautiful coastline. Peddars Way provides a contrasting experience as it follows an old Roman Road through heathland full of history. Explore the trail for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.
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The Norfolk Coast Path is the perfect introduction to long-distance walking in England. Passing through seaside towns and villages, tidal marshes buzzing with wildlife, huge sandy beaches, beautiful woodlands and big skies, the route is predominantly flat and easy to navigate. In fact, you’ll struggle to find a walk covering more varied landscapes in just 84 miles (135 km).
The National Trail stretches from Hunstanton in the west to Hopton-on-Sea in the east and runs through Norfolk’s heritage coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Norfolk Coast Path combines with the Peddars Way (which it joins at Holme-next-the-Sea) to form the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.
Peddars Way offers 49 miles (79 Km) of peaceful walking (or cycling) through tranquil farmland and heathland. It starts at Knettishall Heath, east of Thetford and reaches the coast at Holme next the Sea. It follows the route of a Roman Road, history is never far away on this gentle trail.
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is one of England’s most gentle National Trails. The terrain is varied but it is generally flat or with only gentle gradients.
You can walk the trail at any time of year, but during the summer the weather is usually better and the hedgerows are in full blossom. Spring and autumn are the main bird migration periods – so you’ll spot stunning wildlife – and walking along the coast in winter can be a wonderful experience.
Highlights along the route include beautiful medieval ports, quaint fishing villages, medieval churches and gastro pubs serving fresh seafood.
The coastline of Norfolk is enormously varied, with long stretches of golden beach interspersed with mud flats and salt marsh, shingle and pebbles.
There are wonderful dunes and marram grass to traverse, cliffs to marvel at, and between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton, treacle-like mud where The Wash empties into the North Sea – a favourite of birds and birdwatchers alike.
The Norfolk Coast Path is a fairly modern walking route, created from a network of existing footpaths and newly-created ones to link the coastal end of the Peddars Way (which starts at Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk) to Hopton-on-Sea. The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path became joined as a Long Distance National Trail in 1986.
This National Trail passes through the very best landscapes – places you may want to explore for several days at a time. From cosy country inns to characterful cottages, we’ve got your accommodation near the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path covered. You can find accommodation along the trail by using our interactive map.
Admire the golden cliffs of Hunstanton, admire marshes and beaches, and visit some of the area’s finest attractions...
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