Peddars Way

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The Peddars Way is a long distance footpath in Norfolk, England. It is 46 miles (74 km) long and follows the route of a Roman road. The name is said to be derived from the Latin pedester – on foot. It is first mentioned on a map of 1587 AD. It starts at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk (about 7 km/4 mi east of Thetford near the Norfolk-Suffolk border), and it links with the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea. It is now one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales.

Combined with the Norfolk Coast Path, it forms the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, and the two paths together run for 97 miles.

It is one of four long distance footpaths which, when combined, run from Lyme Regis to Hunstanton and are referred to as the Greater Ridgeway.


Guide and waymarks

A detailed 144-page guide, including 1:25 000 maps from the Ordnance Survey, and described south to north, is published in the series of National Trail Guides[1]. The trail is very well marked with two general types of waymarked along the length of the route. At junctions there are signs marked ‘Peddars Way’ on plain wood fingerposts. Elsewhere white, yellow and green discs are used bearing the acorn sign used on such long distance routes.

Public transport

The Peddars Way may be accessed by public transport. There is a path linking the southern end, at Knettishall Heath, to the nearby Harling Road railway station. Holme, at the northern end, has a regular bus service to King's Lynn and Hunstanton. Holme also has a regular bus service to Sheringham. Both King's Lynn and Sheringham allow onward connections using their regular rail services.


Peddars Way signpost

Knettishall Heath

near Little Cressingham

Massingham Heath

near Sedgeford


See also

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