- Peddars Way
Infobox Hiking trail
Name=Norfolk Coast Path
Photo=Peddars Way near Thompson.jpg
Caption=Peddars Way near Thompson
Designation=UK National Trail
Season= All year Round
Hazards= 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 Heathin Suffolk(about convert|7|km|0|disp=s|abbr=on east of Thetford near the Norfolk-Suffolk border), and it links with the Norfolk Coast Pathat Holme-next-the-Sea. It is now one of 15 National Trails in Englandand 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 Registo Hunstantonand are referred to as the Greater Ridgeway. For further information visit the National Trail website: www.nationaltrail.co.uk..
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.
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 an occasional through bus service to King's Lynn. Additional journeys to King's Lynn may be made by changing bus at Hunstanton. Holme also has a regular bus service to Sheringham. Both King's Lynn and Sheringham allow onward connections using their regular rail services.
In August 2006, three charity fund raisers brought the Peddars Way to the headlines by taking it on together with the North Norfolk Coastal Path in aid of charity fund raising. The event named the Nowhere Road [http://www.nowhereroad.co.uk event website] raised just over forty thousand pounds for the Orchid Cancer Appeal and the Norfolk Playing Fields Association (part of the
National Playing Fields Association. The participants were Jay Hambro, Will Duckworth Chad and Alex Illingworth.See also - [http://www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/content.aspx?expand=Events&file=E-nowhere Details from Orchid Cancer Website]
Long-distance footpaths in the UK
Recreational walks in Norfolk
* [http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/peddarsway/index.asp?PageId=1 National Trails' Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path page]
* [http://www.peddarsway.com The Peddars Way Website] Useful information about the Peddars Way.
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