5 Must Sees on the Peddars Way, Norfolk

The Peddars Way in Norfolk follows an almost straight path north from Knettishall Heath up to Hunstanton then weaves its way whimsically east along the coast to Cromer, takes in some of the most spectacular scenery that Norfolk has to offer. Its 93 miles are peppered with picturesque villages and towns, dramatic views and sites of historical importance. The first part of the route is, in itself extremely significant historically, as has been in use since AD61, when the Romans built it. The second leg is coastal and traverses an area of outstanding natural beauty. So, ditch the car and don’t buy any air tickets, just pull on your boots, throw your pack over your shoulder and set off. Here are some of the places you will encounter along the way;


This quaint market town is where they filmed the popular Sunday night show ‘Kingdom’, so you might just find national treasure Stephen Fry amongst all of the antique shops and tea rooms. There is also a small museum dedicated too Egyptian artefacts in honour of Howard Carter, a former resident, who’s archaeological exploits unearthed the many wonders of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

Castle Acre

The small village of Castle Acre is a magical place with not one but two ancient ruins within walking distance of each other. At one end lies the castle, in an elevated spot, with far reaching views of the countryside. Although most of the castle has eroded, you can still see the moat and battlements. Over to the other side you will find the Priory, which Henry VIII dissolved in 1537.


Breath taking views, which the North Norfolk coastline is famous for, are worth the walk alone and Brancaster is one of the best places to take them in. A favourite with bird watchers due to the wide variety of breeds that congregate amongst the dunes, you can still enjoy the remoteness of it without bumping into anyone.

Holkham & Wells-next-the-Sea

The sweeping majesty of Holkham beach has been the backdrop to films such as ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ as well as countless fashion shoots and music videos. It is easy to see why once you have seen the sand that seems to stretch out as far as the eye can see. The adjoining town, Wells-next-the-Sea is picture perfect, with rows of colourful beach houses and a little steam train that ferries people from the town to the beach.


Nearing the end of the journey, depending on where you start of course, is the beautiful town of Sheringham. The Arts and Crafts movement has had a big influence on the style of houses that have been built here, as the mix of farmers and fishermen has had on the history. Some of the best views of the town can be found on top of the Beeston Bump, where you will also find another ruined Priory to finish, as you started, with a historic flourish.

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