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#58271 - 15/09/10 03:04 PM Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path
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Registered: 27/08/09
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Has anyone here done the Peddars Way and North Norfolk Path? I'm planning to do it in the first week of November and was wondering what to epect. No hills obviously but what is the scenery like - particulalry on the first bit from Thetford.

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#58299 - 16/09/10 02:09 PM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: Sentinel]
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I did them both a few years ago. The Peddars Way part is flat, as you would expect, but it is also surprisingly remote and peaceful, including the Breckland section from near Thetford. It also goes through nice little places like Castle Acre. Hardly the Dales, but pleasant and quiet nonetheless. The Coast Path is splendid and goes through a host of lovely places like Holkham, Wells, Blakeney etc. If you are feeling really energetic you can add the Weavers Way to it from Cromer to Yarmouth via the Broads, which is also lovely (I did). As long as you go into it knowing it is not the PW or C2C, with your expectations set accordingly, it is a very enjoyable walk. I would recommend it.

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#406440 - 21/07/14 09:28 PM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: Sentinel]
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I walked the Pennine Way in May and now thinking that I may be able to walk the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path in September if the weather looks fairly good. As it is fairly flat I am contemplating taking a tent and looking for somewhere to camp (preferably a proper site rather than wild camping) or B&B/YH if too wet! Anyone got any experience of camping on this trail and if so where did you stay. Any names of good B&Bs also welcome. Thanks
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#406522 - 24/08/14 04:11 PM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: Sentinel]
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All accommodation booked up, but not camping - 1st -5th September.
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#406529 - 07/09/14 09:02 PM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: Sentinel]
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Completed the walk on Friday.

Peddars Way
Whilst I was expecting a fairly flat walk it did undulate a little bit which was good however it was the effect on me of the straightness of the Peddars Way path that I had underestimated. Far be it from me to say that the Peddars Way was uninteresting but seeing the path stretching out ahead of me so that there were few surprises around a corner was disappointing and made it a bit monotonous. The signage was the best of any National Trail I have ever walked but, of course, then it made navigation unnecessary which is something I enjoy.

Norfolk Coast Path
An enjoyable walk around the coast although not always beside the sea. The last part of the path to Cromer was the highlight along the top of the cliffs. Additionally there was an absolutely beautiful wide sandy beach lasting for some 2 miles just after Burnham Overy Staithe. It was almost deserted, you could have thought it was a beach in the Caribbean although this one was spotlessly clean.

I realy should have expected all of the above but I had a few days to spare so I thought I would try something different. I am pleased that I walked it but on balance I prefer something more remote.
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#406533 - 12/09/14 11:46 AM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: Harland]
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I seem to recall from some years back that The Ridgeway can be linked to Peddars Way and that someone devised a route from Dorset to the start of the Ridgway making a more interesting though albeit longer route?
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#406534 - 12/09/14 04:01 PM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: lightweightmick]
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I only had a few days so I went for a short one! Looking at the Internet I see:-

The Peddars Way, together with the Icknield Way, the Ridgeway and the Wessex Ridgeway, form what is known as The Greater Ridgeway, a 363 mile path, using much ancient trackway, connecting Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast to near Hunstanton on the Norfolk coast.

That is a 3 week walk for me. Now looking towards next year, may do the Pembrokeshire Coast Path although I keep thinking I am getting too old. However over the winter I remember how good it was, forget the blisters, and off I go on another one.
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#406535 - 12/09/14 09:08 PM Re: Peddars Way / North Norfolk Path [Re: Harland]
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Similarly, looking at the internet, I missed that one... however, I had obviously taken something akin to that on board some years back when I planned to walk the Ridgeway... I keep having those age thoughts too... very sensible to keep 'em short enough to keep you going through those winter months though...
Thanks for the enlightenment on the Wessex Ridgeway. This would have been like the M1 in Neolithic times, surely? what with Norfolk flint being highly prized I'm sure. I was watching only last night how Norfolk flint from Grimes Graves had made it's way to community at Stonehenge. Fascinating stuff!
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