Previous Events:

1 January, 2019
Hogmanay Hike

A Hogmanay Hike - but definitely not a route march, just about 6½ miles of getting yourself ready to honour all those New Year Resolutions. The walk explored the land to the east of Dereham, mainly south of the A47 in the Tud Valley.

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22 October, 2018
Gressenhall Walk
By way of a change, our October walk started out of Dereham, at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. A cool but sunny morning saw 20 of us - including 2 visitors from The Netherlands - gather on the car park at the Workhouse for a little under 6 miles walk taking about 2½ hours.

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30 September, 2018
Hoe Rough Walk
Hoe Common The walk took us across some of the less used parts of The Neatherd, and on to Northall Green. Continuing north, to Hoe, descending through Hoe Common and across Hoe Rough on the fringes of Beetley. Returning along Mill Lane (part of Wensum Way) and then down Quebec Road back to the town centre.

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27 August, 2018
New Routes Walk
Starting from the Windmill.

This walk explored all of the routes which have been claimed by Dereham Town Council as public rights of way; all of them are being recognised as Restricted Byways. We took the opportunity to call in briefly at Badley Moor Common.

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29 July, 2018
A Glimpse of Dereham's History
Town Sign In a break from our usual format, the emphasis of this short walk is the views of our town itself. Exploring some of Dereham's history we also have a peep behind the scenes, beyond what is normally open to the public.

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16 June, 2018
APM and Etling Green Walk
scene Starting at Church House we crossed Neatherd Moor on our way to explore Etling Green.

The walk returned to Church House where we held our Annual Public Meeting; a review of the year and an opportunity to ask questions of the committee and make suggestions, with free tea/coffee and cake.

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28 May, 2018
Late May Bank Holiday - Fens & Meadows Walk
A 6½ mile walk exploring our Fens and Water Meadows.

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2 April, 2018
Easter Monday - MNR Walk
A little slippery, a bit wet and a little bit of 'paddling'. Nevertheless an enjoyable walk for Easter Monday.

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31 March, 2018
Easter Saturday - Potter around Neatherd
An exploration and search of Neatherd Moor for children with an Easter egg prize.

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24 February, 2018
Model Railway Exhibition
Dereham Walkers are Welcome were invited to host a stand at the Model Railway Exhibition in Memorial Hall. Our new walk packs were available free of charge.

A raffle raised £75 along with a £2 donation towards WaW funds.

1 January, 2018
New Year's Day Walk
Frosty Norfolk scene
Full report.

20 November, 2017
Litter Pick
The Dereham WaW committee organised a little event for themselves:
A litter pick around some of the Town's litter hotspots.

25 October, 2017
MNR railcar
Thuxton MNR Walk
MNR logo

A triple treat and more ...

A 7-mile walk with at least three treats.
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1 October, 2017
Garden Party
Garden Party Walk

The rain passed in the morning leaving a brighter and dry afternoon just in time for our "Garden Party" walk.

A group of about 25 set out to explore the public rights of way to the east via Etling Green and then north to Northall Green, before heading back for tea and home made cakes ... yum!

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September, 2017
National News
We recently made the news on the national website after Ken was awarded a Dereham Citizen’s Award.
9 September, 2017
Dereham Fringe Festival
Dereham Fringe Festival
The first outing for our new banner - the Fringe Festival organised by Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall on 9 September. Our stall was visited by a good number of the many who came to the Memorial Hall that day, some of whom joined our mailing list and some who took details of our next walk.

This certainly provided us with some good publicity, which nicely complements the work we have also been doing to advertise the town’s status as a Walkers are Welcome town: several businesses are now sporting our ‘welcome’ stickers.

28 August, 2017
'Walking On Waters' Yaxham Walk
Yaxham walk thumbnails
25 walkers took advantage of the fine Bank Holiday weather to join Dereham Walkers are Welcome’s latest walk - a 7 mile stroll from Dereham to Yaxham.

Report HERE

16 June, 2017
Conservation Walk
TCV logo The Conservation Volunteers recently helped path clearing to the east of the town: to return the favour, Walkers are Welcome arranged and led a conservation walk. Our route started across Rush Meadow, which also gave them the opportunity to check out the growth of Himalayan Balsam along the river: they will be coming back at the end of the month to remove as much as possible of this beautiful but horribly invasive plant.

Report HERE

15 June, 2017
Annual Public Meeting
Held at Church House in Church Street, the APM included a brief resume of who we are and how we got here. The Annual Report was presented and some minor amendments to our constitution and then the floor was opened for questions.

With the formal proceeding over there followed a presentation by David Pelling titled: Fauna & Avifauna Near and Far

Draft minutes of the Annual Public Meeting.
29 May, 2017
Tud Valley Walk
Tud Valley Walk
A short bus ride from Dereham market place and we returned via a 6½ mile walk through the Tud Valley, including tea or coffee and a piece of home made cake at our "mobile tuck-stop" en route.

Report HERE

12 May, 2017
Cromer walk and meeting
A contingent from Dereham Walkers are Welcome travelled to Cromer to join with members of their WaW team to learn from each other.

Report HERE

17 April, 2017
Starting Wonderland
Easter: Walk in Wonderland
Painted egg
( Children and parents entering into the spirit of the event as they search for characters from Alice in Wonderland around Neatherd moor, with each child receiving a chocolate prize for completing the walk.

Report HERE

15 April, 2017
Easter: Simnel Cake Walk
Simnel cake (wikipedia) On Easter Saturday, 15 April, at 9:30am we started a walk from Dereham Windmill, the route took us across open land east of Dereham returning via Etling Green and Neatherd, a total of 6½ miles.

We finished with coffee and simnel cake at Dereham Windmill coffee shop.

Report HERE

1 January, 2017
New Year's day: Bolo Rei Walk
A 4½ mile walk (about 2 hours) to greet the New Year, ending with tea or coffee and a piece of Bolo Rei at New Flavours cafe. Bolo Rei is a Portuguese Christmas cake which translates as 'King Cake'.

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23, 26 and 28 October, 2016
Walking Festival - Dereham walks
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2 October, 2016
Walk and Afternoon Tea
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25 June, 2016
Official Launch Event
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10 May, 2016
Dereham Walkers are Welcome Accredited
Approved A message from Ann Sandell (Secretary – Walkers are Welcome CIC):

"I am delighted to advise that the national committee have approved Dereham’s accreditation. A good application well done. Welcome to the family of Walkers are Welcome accredited towns."