The Peddars Way: Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton
Knettishall Heath to Hunstanton in 4 Days Walking Code: PNP5
The Peddars Way is a gentle 3 or 4 day walk through the Norfolk countryside with sweeping views over the surrounding farm and heathland. You will come across historic villages, walk on a roman road and follow a sculpture trail. The route is very straightforward with good signposting and easy paths. Castle Acre priory and castle are worth a visit as well as the Bailey Gate, this dates back to 1200 and the road into the village still leads through the gate today.
The Peddars Way in 4 days walking, giving you the time to enjoy the scenery and look at the historic villages along the way.
|Day 1||Travel to Thetford for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Transfer to Knettishall Heath then walk to Little Cressingham||15||24|
|Day 3||Little Cressingham to Castle Acre then transfer to Great Massingham||12||20|
|Day 4||Transfer back to Castle Acre then walk to Sedgeford||14||22|
|Day 5||Sedgeford to Hunstanton||7||11|
|Day 6||Depart from Hunstanton after breakfast|
Knettishall Heath to Little Cressingham
After spending your first night in Thetford, a taxi will take you to Knettishall Heath, the start of your walk. The first few miles follow a wooded path before gently climbing to the raised Roman causeway to the river Thet. Make sure you bring your binoculars as you will be passing the Brettenham Heath, a large area of heathland with many bird species. You will soon arrive at the village of Stonebridge which has a pub for some welcome refreshments. After Stonebridge you will see a series of stone sculptures along the trail which are inspired by the rich history of the area.
Little Cressingham to Hunstanton.
A straight road leads to Castle Acre through largely agricultural land. The village of South Pickenham is worth a visit for its historic church dating back to 1075, a 15th century wall painting of St Christopher and a winged door organ. At Castle Acre you will arrive through the Bailey Gate, this is one of two stone gatehouses added to the town’s defences in about 1200. The road into the village runs between its towers. The Castle Acre Priory and castle are a must see, the priory dates back to 1090 and the castle was established just after the Norman conquest. There is a shop, pub and a couple of tearooms with homemade cakes. The road leads on through gentle countryside to Holme-next-the-Sea, the end of the Peddars Way. The last overnight stop on the Peddars Way is in Hunstanton three miles to the south-west.
This is a mainly flat walk, and can be completed by people with limited walking experience.
Terrain: Flat walking along coastal paths, country lanes, beaches and trails.
What’s it like underfoot? On the whole the paths are well defined and maintained.
How much up & down? Very little, the route is mostly flat, particularly the inland section. Along the coast it can be slightly undulating.
Signposting: As this is a National Trail walk the signposting is very good.
Navigation: Pretty straightforward.
|Accommodation||Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs. Full English or Continental breakfast.|
|Guidebook||A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.|
|Maps||2 Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50000) maps covering the entire route.|
|Personal Itinerary||A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.|
|Emergency Telephone Support||If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.|
|12.5% discount at Cotswold Outdoors||We will issue you with a 12.5% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.|
|Luggage Transport||We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop – if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.|
|Packed Lunches||Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.|
|Off Road Parking||If you are travelling by car we can usually arrange off road parking for the duration of your trip. (There may be a small charge for this).|
|Arrangement of return transport||We can also arrange your transfer back to your car, (or advise you when public transport is a better option)!|
|What’s not Included|
|Evening Meals||Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you. Allow about £20.00 per night.|
|Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish||Have a look at the “Travel Info” tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.|
|Travel Insurance||Even if you are based in the UK travel insurance is worth having.|
Good accommodation and friendly hosts are an essential part of any holiday. We understand this and go out of our way to find the best. We put a great deal of effort into hand picking our accommodation and matching it to individual customer requirements. As well as visiting the accommodation ourselves, we ask all our customers to complete a short evaluation on each night’s accommodation, which then gives us an insight into the day-to-day operation and lets us spot any potential issues before they become a problem.
We use a variety of accommodation, including small country house hotels, guest houses in market towns, bed and breakfasts in farm houses, country cottages and Victorian town houses. In selecting the accommodation we look for helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation close to the trail. For example, over the course of your trip you might stay in a village inn, a bed and breakfast in a converted barn, a Victorian guest house, on a working farm, and in a Georgian hotel.
We always try to arrange en suite accommodation, i.e. rooms with their own bathrooms for each night of your stay. However, in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of your holiday, (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case.
We are happy to book single rooms on our holidays but cannot normally book more than 2 for any one group. Single room bookings include a supplement.
By Air: The international airports with best connections to the trail are Stansted or Heathrow. From Stansted it is 1.5 hrs travel time (change at Cambridge) from Heathrow it is 3 hours travel time, metro to Kings Cross then train to Cambridge, change for Thetford. Norwich has domestic flights and flights from Amsterdam (KLM). Train to Thetford (30 mins travel time).
By Public Transport: There is a train station at Thetford, your first nights stay.
By Road: From the south M11 (Cambridge) then A11 to Thetford. From the north: take M6 Toll and M6 to Newmarket Bypass/A14 in Cambridgeshire to Thetford.
By Public Transport: Bus to Kings Lynn (travel time 45 mins, buses every half hour) then onward travel by train.
The 13th century Castle Acre castle ruins, Bailey Gate and the Cluniac Priory are well worth a visit. There are a few small shops and pubs for a relaxing day off. See this link for more information on Castle Acre Castle Acre
The Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton with it’s beautiful striped cliffs, beaches and colourful gardens is a great place for a rest day. There is plenty to see and do with shops, cafés, nature and bird reserves. If you want to give your legs a rest you can take the land train to the lighthouse or a boat trip to view Europe’s largest seal colony.