The relative flatness of the 93-mile (150 km) Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path makes this National Trail a perfect first running holiday.

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path
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The two paths present great contrasts. The Peddars Way offers windswept coastal beauty, including some lovely beaches and dunes, while the Norfolk Coast Path provide easy running through inland heaths, woodlands and farmland.

With less than 10 m of ascent per km, this is definitely a great choice for those with an allergy to hills.

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Map of Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path

Route facts

  • Length 95 miles (152 km)
  • Ascent 3688 ft (1124 m)
  • High point 331 ft (101 m)
  • Ascent per km 7.5 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Knettishall Heath/Cromer
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Extreme  
  • Season
  • 2nd January to 24th December

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  • Coloured cliffs at Hunstanton

    Coloured cliffs at Hunstanton.

  • Cley-next-the-sea

    Cley-next-the-sea, taken by David Korenberg.

  • Coastal path above Sheringham

    Coastal path above Sheringham.

Trail profile

Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Profile

Itineraries

3 nights
2 days running

Grade: Extreme

Thetford/Knettishall Heath

78 km (49 miles) and 587 m (1926 ft) ascent

Hunstanton

74 km (46 miles) and 527 m (1729 ft) ascent

Cromer

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Tour code: TPWN-1

Price £380 per person

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4 nights
3 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Thetford/Knettishall Heath

40 km (25 miles) and 270 m (886 ft) ascent

Castle Acre

54 km (34 miles) and 414 m (1358 ft) ascent

Brancaster

58 km (36 miles) and 424 m (1391 ft) ascent

Cromer

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Tour code: TPWN-2

Price £440 per person

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5 nights
4 days running

Grade: Moderate

Thetford/Knettishall Heath

40 km (25 miles) and 270 m (886 ft) ascent

Castle Acre

38 km (24 miles) and 317 m (1040 ft) ascent

Hunstanton

36 km (22.5 miles) and 159 m (522 ft) ascent

Wells-next-the-Sea

38 km (24 miles) and 368 m (1207 ft) ascent

Cromer

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Tour code: TPWN-3

Price £490 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £45 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £30 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £60 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Brancaster): £70 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Norwich International and London Stansted International Airport.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Thetford). There is also a railway station at the end of the trail (Cromer), within walking distance of most accommodations.

From London – Trains run regularly between both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Thetford. There are also regular trains from Cromer and Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. There is a fast and frequent rail service between London King’s Cross and Thetford (the journey takes approximately 2 hours). From the end of the trail (Cromer), there is a frequent train service to London Liverpool Street. The journey takes about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Thetford) is to take a train from Cromer to Thetford, changing at Norwich.
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path offers plenty of differing scenery, with the various stops along the trail being equally as diverse. Should you wish to extend your holiday by adding an extra day or two, there are plenty of options available to help you make the most of the extra time.

The village of Castle Acre is a good choice for a rest day. Beyond the Bailey Gate that stands as a reminder of the village’s extensive walls are the remains of a Norman Castle and Clunian Priory, giving those interested in history plenty to explore. There are also a number of shops, pubs and tearooms to enjoy at your leisure, or you could even venture out on a boat trip to nearby Blakeney Point and go seal spotting for the day.

Alternatively, the popular seaside town of Hunstanton has a range of interesting locations to visit, including Hunstanton Lighthouse and Shipwreck at St Edmund’s Point or the splendid Boston Square. If you journey to the outskirts of Hunstanton you can even visit Sandringham Estate, the country retreat of The Queen. The town itself is bursting with a range of activities and shops to explore, plus the Oasis Alive sports and leisure centre, situated on the seafront, contains a bowling green, a squash court and even a swimming pool in which to take a refreshing dip, or relax in their whirlpool spa.

You could also spend an extra night in Wells-next-the-Sea. This pretty town is framed by tranquil woodland and has a range of shops, restaurants and cosy traditional pubs to explore amid beautiful Georgian buildings, narrow streets and golden, sandy beaches. The area around Wells provides ample opportunities for sightseeing, water sports, bird watching and much more, so there is plenty to keep you occupied as you recharge in preparation for the remainder of your holiday.

The Victorian town of Cromer is another wonderful place to explore, with a famous pier, a proud tradition of RNLI service and a Life Boat Museum, as well as great independent shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries. This vibrant atmosphere, alongside fantastic Blue Flag beaches, the tallest church in Norfolk and an attractive seafront, make it a great choice for an extra night and a suitable place to celebrate the completion of your trail running holiday. Bask in your fantastic achievement while sampling Cromer’s tasty locally-caught crabs as the sun sets over the sea; the perfect end to your run.

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