Walking The Peddars Way and The Norfolk Coast Path in Eastern England
Double / Single
£1012 / £1576
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Start Any Day February to November
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A nine centre inn-to-inn, self-guided walking tour in England along the Peddars Way from Thetford to Cromer in Norfolk, England. 9 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, 1 dinner, 8 walking days, luggage transfer, guide book and maps.
This trail is two paths, joined: one ancient and historic, The Pedders Way and the other relatively new and deliberately created, The Norfolk Coastal Path. Together, they offer some fine walking, with some sections of bridleway, quiet roads and tracks that can also be used by cyclists and horse riders. This Explore Britain tour begins amid the forest-strewn borders of Norfolk and Suffolk, following the chalk ridge of north-west Norfolk, and continuing round the North Norfolk Heritage Coast, within an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, history is never far away. Indeed, the Pedders Way is a Roman road built shortly after AD 61. So the walk is a glorious patchwork of heath and forest, popular resorts and former ports, marl pits and agricultural land, cliffs and creeks, sailing centres and nature reserves.
You stop in farmhouses, country hotels, inns or guesthouses along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms, most but not all with private facilities. B&B and luggage transfer between the overnight stays is inclusive.
The trail terrain is gentle, which makes it particularly suitable for less able people, and contains several lengths where those with wheelchairs, frames or sticks can enjoy a country walk.
DAY ONE: Arrival at Thetford. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Thetford, Norfolk, England.
DAY TWO: Walk from Thetford to Little Cressingham. 14.5 miles. You will by taken to the start of the walk at Knettishall, just over the border in Suffolk. After crossing the Little Ouse River you head northwards on the Roman Road "The Peddars Way". Much of today is a landscape of fern, pine and heather. The end of the day crosses farmland to arrive at Little Cressingham. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Little Cressingham, Norfolk, England.
DAY THREE: Walk from Little Cressingham to Castle Acre. 11.9 miles. Much of today's walking is on metalled surfaces, mostly country lanes that ribbon over an undulating and nicely wooded landscape. The walking is easy. A welcome pub stop in the village of North Pickenham and then its off for the final section to finish at Castle Acre. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Castle Acre, Norfolk, England.
DAY FOUR: Walk from Castle Acre to Sedgeford. 14 miles. This is the most straightforward section of the Peddars Way, which maintains a persistent line for most of the rest of the journey to the coast. It provides a good walk amid open agricultural landscape. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight Sedgeford, Norfolk, England.
DAY FIVE: Walk from Sedgeford to Thornham. 9.5 miles. The Peddars Way soon reaches the sea at Holme next the Sea and then you follow the "Norfolk Coast Path" eastwards to finish at the old harbour of Thornham. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Thornham, Norfolk, England.
DAY SIX: Walk from Thornham to Burnham Market. 10 miles. After a brief diversion inland you soon return to the marshland at Mow Creek at Brancaster and Burnham Overy Staithe. Dinner IS included tonight at this luxury hotel, so it is time to celebrate. Overnight at Burnham Market, Norfolk, England.
DAY SEVEN: Walk from Burnham Market to Blakeney. 14.2 miles. Today's walk takes you past many coastal nature reserves and into Wells next the Sea. In Blakeney, your final destination, narrow streets of cobbled cottages lead down to the quay, and homes huddle together in yards. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Blakeney, Norfolk, England.
DAY EIGHT: Walk from Blakeney to Weybourne. 8.1 miles. Cley next the Sea and its distinctive windmill slowly come into view. You now walk alongside the crashing sea to finish at Weybourne. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Weybourne, Norfolk, England.
DAY NINE: Walk from Weybourne to Cromer. 8.1 miles. At Weybourne the shingle relents and the cliffs take over. Clear days offer vistas of a shoreline curving towards the horizon and glimpses of far-off ships in Yarmouth Roads, or fishermen tending crab pots. Seabirds wheel and dive. At Cromer your 93 mile (150 km) walk comes to an end. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Cromer, Norfolk, England.
DAY TEN: Departure. The tour finishes from Cromer after breakfast.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to THETFORD (NOT included in tour price): The nearest rail station is Thetford served by frequent direct trains from London (Liverpool Street). Presently the 12:00 arrives 14:22pm (change Norwich). The next at 13:00pm arrives 15:29pm (change Norwich).
RAIL TRAVEL from CROMER to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): The nearest rail station is Cromer served by frequent trains to London (Liverpool Street). Presently the 09:43am train arrives 12:20pm (change Norwich).
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farms and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.