GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

93 miles (150 km)

The Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path begins at Knettishall Heath Country Park in Suffolk and takes you to Holme next the sea on the Norfolk coast along designated footpaths. Some wonderful coastal scenery then follows as you head east along the Norfolk coast path from Hunstanton to Cromer.

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Pubs/Cafes

In Blakeney you could enjoy a pit stop at the 18th century Kings Arms. The Georgian Inn has an interior with bags of character including cosy little alcoves and interesting pictures, photos and posters on the walls. Outside there's a nice garden area where you can enjoy your meal on a fine day. The pub is located in a wonderful spot just yards from Blakeney Quay. You can find the pub on Westgate Street at a postcode of NR25 7NQ for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
The Dun Cow in Salthouse is another great choice. They do good food and have an interesting interior with wood beams and an exposed brick fireplace. Outside there's a lovely garden area with fine views over the Salthouse Marshes. You can find the inn on Purdy Street at a postcode of NR25 7XA. The pub is also dog friendly.

Photos

Approaching Cley on the Peddars Way-Norfolk Coast Path - geograph.org.uk - 980683

Approaching Cley on the Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path. Houses and Cley windmill can be seen across reed beds. The path starts just west of the bridge over the River Glaven on approaching the village of Cley. It runs north through Blakeney Freshes before turning in westerly direction at Blakeney Eye, from where it at first follows the Cley channel and then turns south towards Blakeney.

Peddars Way-Norfolk Coast Path through Fresh Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 980713

Through Fresh Marshes. The view is in southerly direction; the woodland seen in the background surrounds Wiveton Hall. The tower of St Mary's church, Wiveton can be glimpsed above the trees. The path starts just west of the bridge over the River Glaven on approaching the village of Cley. It runs north through Blakeney Freshes before turning in westerly direction at Blakeney Eye, from where it at first follows the Cley channel and then turns south towards Blakeney.

St Mary's church - geograph.org.uk - 840845

St Mary's church, Wiveton. St Mary's church faces the village green with what remains of a village pump in its centre . This view was taken from the single track road that connects Wiveton with Cley, a short distance further to the northeast. Dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, the church was extensively restored but a late 14th century font remains and the tower screen has presumably been fashioned from parts of the 15th century rood screen. The unusual stained glass in the aisle windows and the west window date from 1874. There are also a few interesting brasses, one a very rare so-called cadaver brass - a shrouded skeleton - to Thomas Brigge (d. 1470). The church is open every day.Just south of the village there's the Wiveton Downs to explore. The nature reserve is a delightful place for a peaceful stroll in the area. From the elevated position of the Downs there's fine views towards the coast and countryside.

View west along the Norfolk Coast Path - geograph.org.uk - 749744

View west along the Norfolk Coast Path. Erosion is evident all along the coastline, here the track denoting the path is slowly falling into the sea; the waves of the North Sea undermine the cliffs and cause large sections to tumble onto the beaches. About 2.5 metres (in some sections up to 5 metres) of headland is lost every year.

Marram grass - geograph.org.uk - 749752

Wroxham. Marram grass has established itself here on the cliff edge, its roots stabilising the soil, but with whole chunks of cliff tumbling into the sea it will be short-lived. The stretch of headland beyond the dip seen in mid-distance belongs to the National Trust.

West on the Norfolk Coast Path - geograph.org.uk - 747724

West on the Norfolk Coast Path near Sheringham. New erosion is visible everywhere, with chunks of the Norfolk Coast Path/Peddars Way missing, having tumbled down onto the beach. The North Norfolk cliffs are basically comprised of soft glacial sediments, made up of layers of silts, sands, clays that were deposited during the glacial and interglacial phases of the last 2 million years. They provide little resistance to the aggressive action of North Sea waves, which erode the base. Hence cliff erosion is a major problem here and many sections have become unstable. Roughly 2.5 metres (in some areas up to 5 metres) of headland are lost per year.

View from the clifftops - geograph.org.uk - 968071

View from the clifftops. Towards the village of Mundesley, with holiday chalets seen in mid-distance. When the railway opened in 1889 - bringing visitors wishing to sample the fresh sea air - the village of Mundesley grew rapidly. The railway is now long gone but Mundesley is still considered to be one of the best a holiday resorts in Norfolk, offering a sandy beach with safe swimming for children when the tide is out; the East Norfolk Coast Path/Peddars Way follows the coastline and offers splendid views across the North Sea. Properties date mainly from Victorian times and many houses are constructed from traditional Norfolk materials such as flint and brick, with thatch or pantile roofs. The village contains a small number of shops, eating places, pubs, tea rooms and possibly the smallest museum in the country, the Maritime Museum. Several holiday parks are in the vicinity of the village, the largest one being Mundesley Holiday Village, located a short distance to the southeast.

Horses grazing in pasture - geograph.org.uk - 1085582

Horses grazing in pasture. The blue tubs are feed buckets. The hill seen in the background is Beeston Bump, the most prominent feature along this stretch of coastline. The houses surrounding it are located in Beeston Regis. This view was taken from the path which leads from Sandy Lane via the Roman Camp to the coastal village of Beeston Regis. Beeston Regisis located in an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" which was formed by the retreating ice at the end of the ice age and sits within an area known as the "Cromer Ridge", consisting of wooded heath landto the south (owned by the National Trust) and cliffs and beaches facing the North Sea. Part of these cliffs is a hill called "Beeston Bump". Surrounded by the oaks and heather growing on Beeston Heath there is an enclosure named Roman Camp. It is adjoined by deep circular dips, called Hills and Holes, which are believed to date from prehistoric times. During Saxon-Norman and Roman times iron ore was dug here. Evidence of Roman habitation was found in 1859 when a complete set of quern stones (used for grinding grain) were discovered. The heath and woodsare a favourite site for bird watchers and many paths and bridleways, including the Norfolk Coastal Path, are leading through it. There are also several caravan and camping parks nearby.

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Route Highlights

Knettishall Heath Country Park

The trail begins in the pretty Knettishall Heath Country Park, Suffolk. Highlights are the River Little Ouse and weir and the semi wild Exmoor Ponies.

Thompson Water

Popular spot for fishing right on the trail

Castle Acre Priory and Castle

Norfolk village best known today for the twin ruins of Castle Acre Castle and Castle Acre Priory, which lie immediately to the east and west of the village respectively. Both were founded soon after the Norman Conquest by William de Warenne, the first Earl of Surrey.

Hunstanton

This Norfolk seaside town is right on the coastal westward branch of the trail, facing The Wash estuary. It is a great place to stop for refreshments or overnight.

Holme next the Sea

Small village on the North Sea coast that is a prime site for migratory birds in autumn. It consequently is home to two adjoining nature reserves, one owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the other by the Norfolk Ornithological Association.

Burnham Overy

You'll pass through Burnham Overy with its attractive harbour, tidal creeks and salt marshes.

Holkham Nature Reserve

The route runs right through this beautiful coastal Nature Reserve. It includes a wide range of habitats: sandflats, sanddunes, saltmarsh, grazing marsh and mixed woodland.

Wells-next-the-Sea

This attractive coastal town has a lovely harbour and several accommodation options.

Stiffkey Marshes

The trail runs alongside these salt marshes which lie just to the north of the village of Stiffkey

Morston

This tiny village has a lovely quay from which you can catch the ferry to the National Trust run Blakeney National Nature Reserve. Expect to spot some seals on the crossing!

Blakeney National Nature Reserve

Reachable by ferry from Morston on the trail this wonderful nature reserve is a habitat for seals and a variety of sea birds.

Blakeney

Lovely coastal village with an attractive quay and a well known 14th-century Guildhall.

Cley next the Sea

Has an 18th-century windmill previously owned by the family of singer James Blunt. Now operates as a bed and breakfast

Weybourne

The trail passes just to the north of this popular fishing village. The scenery here is particularly lovely with fields, woodland, heathland and beaches to enjoy.

Sheringham

Popular seaside town with a thriving town centre. Plenty of dining and accommodation choices.

Cromer

Known as the 'Gem of the Norfolk Coast', this seaside town with its attractive promenade and pier marks the end of the trial

GPS Files

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