Peddars Way, Ruth Livingstone

Peddars Way, Stage 3: Castle Acre to Sedgeford

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.

road walking from Castle Acre, Ruth Livingstone on the Peddars Way

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.

green lane begins, Peddars Way, Ruth Livingstone

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.

Norfolk Songline

fourth Norfolk Songline sculpture, Ruth Livingstone on Peddars WayAt some point, somewhere near Little and Great Massingham, you will come across the fourth Songline sculpture.

Tumuli and remoteness

The only major road crossing on this stretch is the A149. Beyond here the ground rises (who said Norfolk was flat?).

Roman road continues, Ruth hiking along Peddars Way

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.

tumuli on Harpley Common, Ruth Livingstone walking Peddars Way

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.

Peddars Way, Ruth Livingstone

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.

approaching Sedgeford along Peddars Way, Norfolk

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.

Overall Impression

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

National Trails website and, particularly, the Route Description
on that site.

Peddars Way on the Long Distance Walkers Association site.

Lucy and Stephen’s walking site: Peddars Way in short sections and more about the Norfolk Songlines project.


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6 thoughts on “Peddars Way, Stage 3: Castle Acre to Sedgeford”

  1. Hi,
    It’s been a pleasure to read about how you got on walking the Peddars Way which Norfolk Trails help manage with National Trail as part of the long distance trails network across Norfolk. It would be great to feature your 3 part journey as one feature post on our blog, linking back to your blog and the original 3 posts. If this is okay, is it possible to use some of your text and photos? Thanks

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and yes, very happy for you to feature any part of my Peddars Way blogs on your own site, and a link back to my blog would be appreciated. I’m in the process of writing up the fourth and final stage, which should be up by the end of the day, so please feel free to use this post as well 🙂

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