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.


Warning Triangle
Provisional Programme for the year
Covid-19 pandemic - please check website before events or phone: 07561 813243

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

The short walks (first Friday every month) are suspended, also the longer walks planned since April have been cancelled.

(BH = bank holiday):
Fri First Friday,
Regular (monthly) Short Walk
Sat 27 Jun,
Annual Public Meeting
Thur 30 Jul,
Possible, but unlikely
BH Mon 31 Aug,
Possible, but unlikely
Thur 17 Sep Heritage Open Days walk - TBA
Sat 19 Sep Heritage Open Days walk - TBA
Sun 27 Sep
Garden Party walk,
holding date as 'possible'
Tues 27 Oct,
Annual Public Meeting
BH Fri 1 Jan 2020,
Dereham walk
Regular Event: First Friday of the month
Friday Monthly Walks
Short walks around Dereham

Short walks SUSPENDED

On the first Friday of each month meet at Queen Mother's Garden at 10:00am for a leisurely walk (less than 4 miles). There is no charge but there is an opportunity for a modest donation to support Dereham Walkers are Welcome (see why we have expenses).

QM Garden walkers

The walks are pot-luck, with no advanced published route and unlike our main events (longer walks) simply conclude back at Queen Mother's garden. There is an option, at the end of the walk, to enjoy some refreshments together at an agreed venue.

REVIEW: New Year's Day: 1 Jan 2020
Snowy track
Etling Green Walk

The 6¼ mile route, took a bit over 2 hours for the select band of merry walkers celebrating the new decade! The day was still and warm (for mid-winter), so despite the promotional image, there was no snow.

The walk took in St Nicholas Church, Gingerbread Cottage, Northall Green and Etling Green before we returned to the town centre and our welcome refreshment at Coco’s.

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Sunday, 6 October, 2019
Thuxton MNR Walk - CANCELLED
Unfortunately this walk had to be cancelled at the last moment due to torrential rain and potential flooding. As this was one of the last regular service trains of the year it was not possible to reschedule.

29 September, 2019
Garden Party Walk
Potters Fen
The walk took in The Neatherd, Dumpling Green, Potter’s Fen and the fringe of Scarning Water Meadows before returning for our welcome refreshments and a mardle: tea/coffee and cake served in a local back garden, but we moved inside when a heavy shower arrived.

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REVIEW: 17 August, 2019
Leaping Deer
Find the Deer in Dereham

A repeated event for (accompanied) children:

Participants met at the car park near the pond on Neatherd Moor and followed a designated walk on the moor taking about an hour to complete.

During the fun walk we discovered more about our native deer and their connection to Dereham.

Deer are shy animals and unlikely to be seen in the middle of the day on a busy Neatherd moor, but early morning they are about.

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REVIEW: 26 August, 2019
Clare walk leaflet
Clare (Suffolk) walk

Our Late Summer Bank Holiday walk took us well out of Dereham. We visited our friends in Clare - a Walkers are Welcome accredited town in Suffolk. The walk itself was Number 3 in a series prepared by Clare Walkers - see clarewalks.co.uk/walking (opens in a new tab).

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REVIEW: 28 July, 2019
Town History Walk
Dereham town sign An updated and extended version of last year's event, spend a couple of hours looking at the views of our town itself. Exploring some of Dereham's history there is also a peep behind the scenes, beyond what is normally open to the public.

As part of the package, each person received a booklet which was produced especially for this event detailing the main buildings and their history.

Read the full report.