Castle Acre Peddars Way surrounded by fields and trees

Peddars Way


46 miles Easy

A National Trail from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. This forms part of the Greater Ridgeway linking the Dorset coast to The Wash. The path starts in the Breckland landscape on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, passes by the Queen's Sandringham Estate, before finishing on the North Sea coast at Holme-by-the-Sea,

The Peddars Way terrain is relatively easy, with the highest point on the path only 206 ft high. For much of its length, the path is more-or-less flat. The path is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol.  Read more on its royal connections on our blog

Castle Acre priory, ancient ruins archways and walls
Castle Acre Priory

Itinerary

  • Day 1   Knetishall Heath to Little Cressingham – 14 miles
  • Day 2   Little Cressingham to Castle Acre – 11 miles
  • Day 3   Castle Acre to Sedgeford – 14.5 miles
  • Day 4   Sedgeford to Holme-by-the-Sea – 6.5 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from South to North (finishing near the North Sea), but if you would prefer to go from North to South then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are not far from train stations at Thetford (for Knetishall Heath) and King’s Lynn (for Holme-by-the-Sea).

Price

The price for a holiday walking the Peddars Way is £375 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Peddars Way on a self-guided basis over 4 days
  • 5 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Harvey Waterproof Map for the Peddars Way
  • Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £495. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: This walk can be done at any time of year, although we recommend between April and October for the best weather conditions and longer daylight hours.
  • Terrain: The terrain is moderate. For much of its length, the path is relatively level passing through forestry and across agricultural land. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Way marking: The route is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol.
  • Bed & Breakfast:We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path yet, despite its popularity, there are relatively few B&Bs on the path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route to get a cup of coffee (or a bacon butty or cake!) without having to deviate from the path. However, whether these will be open depends on the time of year, day of the week and time you happen to be passing.

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