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.

News:

Saturday 18 June, 2022
Bishop Bonner's Cottage
Short Walk and Annual Public Meeting

On Saturday 18 June, we have a walk starting at 13:30 outside Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum. This will be a bit (but only a bit) longer than our monthly short walk - probably about 5 miles - ending with a short meeting in Church House for our Annual Public Meeting, where we invite comments on what we’ve been doing and what you would like us to do in future. All welcome, and there will again be light refreshments.

Event flyer (pdf - opens in new tab).
Regular Event: First Friday
Friday Monthly Walks
Short walks around Dereham

Next short walk is Friday 1 July,
starting 10:15 outside The Assembly Rooms
(in the Market Place, near pelican crossings)
Note different start location

Join us for a leisurely short walk of no more than 4 miles. The walk is pot luck, with no advanced route published.

(Unless the weather is very bad, the walk will always go ahead.)

View the short walks flyer for 2022. (PDF, opens in new tab).

See a report of our 6 May short walk.

Saturday 9 July, 2022
booklet
Dereham Heritage Trust (History) Walk
Booking required
Town sign

On the morning of Saturday 9 July, we have a town walk, the first of three we are running during the year, in association with Dereham Heritage Trust. This walk will look at various points of historical interest in Dereham, lasting about 2 hours. There is no charge for the walk, but in order to ensure the safety and comfort of all participants, we have to limit numbers and the walk will be open only to those who have booked.

More details on our Current Events page.
REVIEW: 2 June 2022
Jubilee logo
Jubilee walk

Our regular monthly First Friday short walk moved a day earlier and became a "Jubilee Thursday" walk for June. We were treated to excellent weather as 28 people joined our Jubilee themed walk concluding with light refreshments.

Read the full report.


2022
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
Sat 18 June 13:30 APM (shorter walk)
Sat 9 July 'History' walk (HOD)
Wed 27 July Mid Norfolk Railway ride & walk
Sat 20 Aug 'Industrial Heritage' walk (HOD)
Mon 29 Aug Garden Party Walk
Sat 17 Sept 'Georgian' walk (HOD)
Wed 12 Oct standard walk
Fri 2 Dec Dual length walk

More details on the Events page.

20 April 2022
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Committee Meeting minutes

Roughly quarterly the Dereham WaW Committee meet, the minutes from our last meeting are HERE (PDF, opens in a new tab).

REVIEW: 18 April 2022
Lane, trees overhanging
Mill Lane Walk

A group of 25 partook in a 5¾ mile walk heading out up Sandy Lane, then past Dillington Hall and along Mill Lane to join a short section of the Wensum Way, returning via Hoe Lodge and the water tower.

Read the full report.