Last Updated: Wednesday 6th January 2021. Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.
There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in green spaces.
Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.
Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:
You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors.
Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:
Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’
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.
Find useful facts and learn more about Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.
The National Trail combines two long distance walking trails; Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path.
Peddars Way starts in Suffolk at Knettishall Heath Country Park (or Thetford Station for cyclists) and follows the route of a Roman road for 49 miles (79 Km) to Holme-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast meeting the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea.
The Norfolk Coast Path provides 84 miles (135 km)) of walking from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea through fantastic scenery and landscape. The majority of the Trail runs through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Experience seaside towns and villages, tidal marshes teeming with wildlife, wide sandy beaches, pine woodlands and huge skies.
A walk along Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail is the perfect way to lose yourself in this magical land of sand dunes and salt marsh, sea air and warm welcomes.
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.
Admire the golden cliffs of Hunstanton, admire marshes and beaches, and visit some of the area’s finest attractions...
Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to one of England’s great walking trails here.