Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path
|Distance: 154km (96 Miles)||Max Height: 103m (338ft)||Ascent: 1,242m (4075ft)||Start: Knettishall Heath||Finish: Cromer|
This easy-access National Trail provides both inland and coastal walking. The Peddars Way is one of the links in a prehistoric route, often called the Greater Ridgeway, from The Wash to the South Devon Coast, and it reaches the coast at Holme-next-the-Sea, from where the Trail follows the Norfolk Coast Path east. The first part of this National Trail follows tracks, footpaths and minor roads along, or as near as possible to, the Peddars Way (a Romanised section of the prehistoric Icknield Way, the extant sections of which are a scheduled ancient monument). From the wooded, sandy Breckland heaths, it passes Castle Acre (linking with the Nar Valley Way) and the ruins of the priory and castle to reach the North Norfolk coast at Holme-next-the-Sea. Here a short section of the original Norfolk Coast Path leads west to Hunstanton, (the measured distance includes the return trip in and out of Hunstanton) while the main Trail heads east along or near to the shoreline over low cliffs, sand dunes, coastal defences enclosing marshes and mud flats, passing woodland, bird sanctuaries and harbours to the original end at Cromer. Recent extensions now take the coastal path all the way to Hopton and the Suffolk Border.
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