Walking provides health and economic benefits and there are many places to walk in Dereham, some are public streets, some are parks and open spaces. Dereham has 41 public rights of way - paths and tracks which everyone can use by right. We have published fourteen walk-guides which cover most of the countryside paths.


3 December, 2021
Dumpling and Northall Greens Walk
Booking not required

Meet outside the Assembly Rooms (near town centre war memorial) at 10:00.

The full walk is a little under 7½ miles; as we have not been very far recently there are two options to shorten the walk. We will be heading south under the A47, and over the railway. A short route back to town presents itself at Yaxham Road (3½┬ámiles). The full walk continues along Dumpling Green, then we turn north back over the A47 towards the windmill. Here there is a second opportunity to return to town (5½ miles). The walk continues to Northall Green, then back through the cemetery to the town centre.

Full details on our Events page.

View the event flyer (opens in a new tab).
Regular Event: First Friday of the month
Friday Monthly Walks
Short walks around Dereham

On the first Friday of each month, starting in or near the town centre at 10:00am for a leisurely walk (no more than 4 miles).

Our final 'short walk' of 2021 is combined with a full length walk,
choose whatever distance you find most comfortable.

Next: 3 December

See a brief report of our 6 August short walk.

View the short walks flyer (PDF, opens in new tab).

11-to-18 September, 2021
Warning Triangle
Heritage Open Days Events

Dereham Walkers are Welcome and Dereham Heritage Trust are sorry to advise you that due to illness we need to cancel the three town walks we have arranged for the 11, 17 and 18 September and also the opening of the Victorian Explosives Store on the 17 September.

We hope it will be possible to arrange these in the future, albeit not during the HODS period, but under the same arrangements.

Priority will be retained for those who have booked already.

REVIEW: 30 August, 2021
Party time
Garden Party Walk

This walk ws a little shorter than usual, at a little over 5 miles, but to make up for that, it will end with hot drinks and home made-cakes at a nearby venue.

The walk is a loop to the east of the Town and makes use of the newly refurbished steps.

Read the full report.

REVIEW: Friday 2 July, 2021
Footpath marker post
Northward Hoe! Walk

This walk offered a choice: a longer walk of about 7 miles or a short walk of 3½ or 4 miles.

Both walks set off past the church, down Washbridge and on to Rushmeadow. We then joined Sandy Lane and progressed past the golf course to reach Quebec Road. People on the short walk could return to the town centre either on Sandy Lane or Quebec Road.

The longer walk continued to Hoe, returning via Northall Green and The Neatherd.

Read the full report.
16 June, 2021
Footpath repairs
Footpath Repair

Dereham Walkers are Welcome (WaW) collaborated with the Norfolk Ramblers to repair long-neglected Dereham Footpath 1, where it crosses the A47.

The EDP (opens in a new tab) covered the activities including pictures before and after the repair works.

Remaining Programme for the Year
Boot prints

While walking outside is not usually regarded as a high risk activity, we will follow Public Health England advice regarding public events and COVID-19.

(BH = bank holiday):
Fri First Friday Regular Monthly Short Walk
Fri 3 Dec Dual length walk
BH Sat 1 Jan 2022 New Year's Day walk