Walking the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast
Magazine Wood is a perfect bed and breakfast choice for walkers to explore coast, country, fen and forest being located directly on the ancient Peddars Way national trail just before you get to the Norfolk Coastal path.
The Peddars Way dates from Roman times and was used to march legions quickly to this part of the world in the times of Boudicca. To explore the historical trail just walk out the main gate and turn left or right and the world is your oyster. A good walk will take you via breathtaking views to the coast or through forests and glades to Houghton Hall and there is also a fair few good pubs nearby to rest awhile whichever way you go. At Ringstead there is Courtyard Farm, which has opened his estate to walkers: there are some 10 miles of lovely paths and circular walks. HRH’s Sandringham also has a huge country park which is open free to the public. But for those who have caught the bug…
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Peddars Way and the Norfolk coastal path runs for 93 miles along a distinctive Roman road from Knettishall Heath Country Park to just beyond Magazine Wood at Holme-next-Sea and then the path crosses wide sandy beaches to Cromer pier. The national trail combines two contrasting paths, each of which is a superb walk in its own right. The trail follows the line of a Roman road, built during Rome’s battle against the rebellious Iceni tribe led by the legendary Queen Boadicea. It is an enjoyable mix of country lanes, footpaths and tracks through a varied landscape of open heath and meres, woodland, rich farmland divided by flower-filled hedgerows and pretty flint and carrstone villages.
The Norfolk Coast Path runs from the Victorian resort of Hunstanton to the busy port of Cromer, the hub of Norfolk’s crab fishing industry, along a coastline that is famous for its remoteness and wild beauty. It is a wonderfully diverse landscape of sweeping sandy beaches, grass tufted dunes, saltings, reed beds, creeks, tidal inlets and unspoilt villages such as Thornham, Brancaster Burnham Overy Staithe and Holkham. The spectacular seal colonies at Blakeney Point and the prolific birdlife along the coast add to the charm of this scenic National Trail.
The award winning Coasthopper bus service shadows the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail all the way along from Hunstanton to Cromer – you can catch this service at most significant points along the Norfolk Coast Path. Simply drive out to where you want to start, walk your chosen route, enjoy a nice lunch and when you’re ready, catch the hopper back to where you started. It’s a great way to explore the trail. They run every 30 minutes in summer and every 60 minutes during winter. coasthopper.co.uk
If you are looking for really detailed resource on the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path then the most popular guide is the Trailblazer publication by Alexander Stewart which is available via Amazon and suitably sized to use along the trail. The cover shot is Bircham windmill which is just a few miles down the trail from Magazine Wood.
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