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Trail Information

Whether it’s the deep history of early man, the medieval ports and churches of the north coast, big-sky views or the culinary adventures made possible by some of the country’s finest pubs and local producers, there’s something for everyone along the 130 mile (208 km) Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.

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About the Trail

It takes around 8 days to walk the Trail. You might want to take a little longer if you want to explore along the way.

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path is one of the more gentle National Trails. The terrain is varied but is generally flat or with only gentle gradients. However we would recommend that you allow a little extra time to walk the shingle bank from Cley to Weybourne.

Exploring the Trail

Nearest airports Norwich International and London Stanstead. Good train links between Norwich and London Liverpool Street make it simple to travel via any of the main London airports as well.

Stena Line’s Dutchflyer Rail and Sail service provides city-to-city travel by rail and ferry from Amsterdam/Rotterdam to Norwich, via Harwich International. Then you can either take a train or bus to to join the Trail.

Trains run frequently between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Greater Anglia trains leave London Liverpool Street and King’s Cross every hour, arriving in just under two hours into Norwich or King’s Lynn.

For detailed rail information please see

The Coasthopper bus runs between Wells-next-the-Sea and Mundesley, visit the Norfolk Coast Partnership website for more information. There are also bus services to Hunstanton and Gorleston.

There is a train station at Thetford. Cyclists starting the Peddars Way can cycle to the start, walkers will need to catch the bus.

You can find up-to-date public transport information including a journey planner at

There is a good choice of accommodation close to the Trail and it can be viewed on the Interactive Map below or on the Create Your Own Trip page here.

Download and print a list of accommodation for each section of the Trail.

In the summer accommodation along the coastal section can fill up so we recommend that you book ahead. In previous years some establishments along the coast have been reluctant to accept single night stays, however the introduction of the Coasthopper bus service makes it feasible to stay more than one night in one place using the service to get back to where you left the route.

The trail has many campsites to suit all types of taste and budgets and they can be viewed on the Interactive Map. It is possible to walk the Trail using campsites.

If you plan to camp please note it is not legal to wild camp in England or Wales – you will need to stay on official campsites.

There are several companies that will arrange to move your bags for you, help you plan your trip, or arrange a full package.

View a list of these companies here.

There is no obvious best time to walk the Trail. During the summer the weather will generally be better and the vegetation is fresh, with the hedgerows in full blossom. However, spring and autumn are the main bird migration periods and there can be some wonderful walking experiences in the winter.

Most long distance walkers walk north along the Peddars Way and then east along the Norfolk Coast path. The guidebook is written in that direction. You can walk it the other way as it is signed for both directions.

We recommend that you take a map and/or guidebook with you, or a copy of the walk leaflet if you are doing a shorter walk. You may also find a compass useful.

If you are walking solo you may want to tell someone where you are going as there can be mobile black spots along the Trail. Ensure your phone is fully charged before setting off.

Weather in the UK can be changeable so it’s wise to be prepared. You’ll need good footwear, waterproofs and warm layers. Take plenty of water and just in case, pack a few plasters for your feet. In the summer you may need sun cream.

Mobile phone and data connection will depend on the service provider and location. There are areas where there is limited reception and some areas where reception is intermittent. The vast majority of accommodation providers offer Wi-Fi but please do confirm this on booking.

The UK is unique in having a network of paths that the public can use, this is the Public Rights of Way network. You can see these paths on Ordnance Survey maps.

National Trails are signed with an acorn symbol and/or the Trail name which you will see on stiles, gates and signposts. This is the symbol used by all the English and Welsh National Trails.

As you are walking along the Trail you will also see waymarkers pointing to other paths. You can use the public rights of way network to leave the Trail to explore places of interest, reach your accommodation and find places to eat and drink.

You will often find a coloured arrow on signs which indicates the status of that section of path. The most common are yellow arrows which are footpaths and blue which are bridleways.

A GPX file can be downloaded from the Create Your Own Trip page (the button is below the map).

Holiday Inspiration

Visit our Walking Holidays Page for holiday inspiration for the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path.

Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise

The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the The Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.

You can find a list of Ordnance Survey maps for the Trail here.

Interactive Map

Use the Map Filter to see places to visit and where to stay along Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path. View information on the map by ticking the boxes in the Map Filter.

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Create your own trip

Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.

Contact the Trail Officer

If you have feedback or a question about the Trail, please contact the Trail Manager.

Contact Russell Wilson