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.


REVIEW: 27 October, 2020
muddy track
Paths Less Traveled Walk

A full COVID-19 compliant risk assessment has been completed.

For this walk, we have put together a route which covers a number of paths that aren’t used very often. The walk was to be about 7 miles, taking about 2¾ hours, including a short break for rest and/or refreshments.

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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 Cherry Tree car park 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, concluding back at Cherry Tree car park.

To comply with COVID-19 regulations the walks are limited to 5 people plus the walk leader. Booking is essential, please contact Jenny on 07887-604040

Warning Triangle
Remaining 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.

Many of our events have had to be cancelled this year, however we are attempting a limited schedule.

(BH = bank holiday):
Fri First Friday,
Regular (monthly) Short Walk SUSPENDED
Standard Walks SUSPENDED
BH Fri 1 Jan 2020,
Dereham walk
REVIEW: 27 September, 2020
Etling Green Cider
Etling Green Walk
A full COVID-19 compliant risk assessment has been completed.

The walk encompassed Neatherd Moor, Northall Green and Etling Green, about 4½ miles. Following persistent heavy rain there was some excitement crossing some flooded ditches, but everyone negotiated the terrain successfully. The route was slightly changed on the day so we ended up doing it in the reverse direction to that originally planned.

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REVIEW: 31 Aug 2020
tree scene
Northall Green Walk
We are delighted to have restarted our programme of walks, beginning with a 6 mile walk on Bank Holiday, Monday 31 August.

Inevitably, there were some specific requirements to ensure we are following Government guidelines - and of course to keep all participants safe. The walkers was spilt into two smaller groups each with their own walk leader setting off 10 minutes apart. It was good to be back.

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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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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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