Recap on Peddars Way
Peddars Way runs for 50 miles across Norfolk, from Knettishall Heath to the coast at Holme next the Sea. It comprises half of the 93 mile long Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail.
Third stage Peddars Way
The third stage of the Peddars Way, as suggested by the National Trails website, is the 14 mile hike from Castle Acre to Sedgeford (or to nearby Fring if you prefer).
I started the day with a quick look at the Castle Acre Priory site (sadly The Priory was closed at that time in the morning). This may have added an extra 1/2 mile to my walk. And I finished with an extra mile in order to reach the pub in Sedgeford because, although Peddars Way passes close by, it doesn’t actually run through the village itself.
Whatever the reason, the total distance recorded on my Garmin between Castle Acre and the village of Sedgeford was 16.5 miles.
Beginning the walk
The first part of this section of the Way follows a quiet road. At times you can walk along a footpath through the edge of a field, but mostly you have to walk along the tarmac.
After 3 miles you will be relieved to reach the beginning of a green lane. From here onwards you leave roads behind and you will walk the next 12 miles almost entirely on grass and dirt tracks until you reach the point where you turn off along a road into Sedgeford.
The stretch is more open than the previously wooded sections, and it follows an almost impossibly straight route of Roman Road across fields and heathland. It is not exactly a hilly walk, but there are enough gentle inclines and undulations to break up the straightness of the route and to give you a series of varying views over the terrain.
Tumuli and remoteness
The only major road crossing on this stretch is the A149. Beyond here the ground rises (who said Norfolk was flat?).
When you reach the top of the hill, you walk on high ground past an open area called Harpley Common, which has several bronze age tumuli. It’s a popular area with dog walkers and strollers.
Shortly after this you cross the B1153 and beyond here Peddars Way continues to run in a straight line and through increasingly open and isolated countryside.
The end of the walk
After passing close to the tiny village of Fring, you will see the outskirts of Sedgeford to your left, while the path continues straight ahead.
At the bottom of a valley you meet a minor road. If you want to walk into Sedgeford you can leave the path at this point. Turn left and follow this track. Or you can continue along Peddars Way as it climbs the hill and wait until you hit the B 1454. Peddars Way continues on the other side of the road, but you can follow the road to the left and go down the hill into Sedgeford.
I met my husband in the King Williams pub and, after a drink and a bag of crisps, we drove into Hunstanton where we had booked overnight accommodation at the excellent Glenberis B&B. The King Williams does provide B&B accommodation too.
At first glance on the OS map this section of Peddars Way looks intimidating. It stretches in a long line almost all the way from one end of the map to the other. I was worried it might turn into a long and tedious slog. In fact, the path was varied and interesting. Straight it might be, but there are enough minor twists and turns, and climbs and descends, to avoid any ‘railway track’ monotony.
I’ve mapped my route on the Ordnance Survey GetaMap site: Castle Acre to Sedgeford along the Peddars Way
My walk along Peddars Way
Peddars Way, Stage 1: Knettishall to Watton (15 miles)
Peddars Way, Stage 2: Watton to Castle Acre (16 miles)
Peddars Way, Stage 3: Castle Acre to Sedgeford (16 miles)
Peddars Way, Stage 4: Sedgeford to Hunstanton (9 miles)
Useful links for Peddars Way
Peddars Way on the Long Distance Walkers Association site.