Ride 15: From Fen to Forest

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Ride Information

START: The White Horse, Kirkgate, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk PE36 6LH, 52.960846, 0.537863

FINISH: Knettishall Heath Country Park, Knettishall, Thetford, Suffolk IP22 2TQ, 52.387969, 0.856749

DISTANCE: 45.6 miles/73.5km

ASCENT: 2463ft/750m


TERRAIN: Stony bridleway, country lanes, minor roads, forest singletrack. Mostly flat and straight, slightly hillier and more technical towards Thetford Forest.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Harling Road station is just a mile detour if you cut the Peddars Way a few miles short and Thetford is 12km from the end at Knettishall Heath, if you wish to remain car-free.

NAVIGATION: Easy. The Peddars Way is waymarked from start to finish. There is a brief byway deviation that will take you off the route at Ringstead, where it becomes a footpath. So too at North Pickenham, where it is best to continue through the village, turn right onto Houghton Lane and right again to re-join the Peddars Way, avoiding a section of footpath and stiles through the fields near Meadow Farm. OS Landranger maps 132 and 144 cover the route.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map


Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download first map.pdf, second map.pdf and third map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

King William IV, Heacham Road, Sedgeford, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5LU, 01485 571765, www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk
The Chequers Inn, Griston Road, Thompson, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 1PX, 01953 483360, www.thompsonchequers.co.uk


The Ostrich Inn, Stocks Green, Castle Acre, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2AE, 01760 755398
Greenwoods Campsite, Old Fakenham Road, Tatterset, Norfolk PE31 8RS, 01485 528808, www.greenwoodscampsite.co.uk
Bivvy: fields west of Castle Acre


Bircham village store, Bircham Riad, Great Bircham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RJ, 01485 576006
Fat Birds, 12 Kings Lynn Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5HP, 01485 535875, www.fatbirds.co.uk

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