Our Aims
Dereham windmill
Dereham Windmill

"Dereham Walkers are Welcome" or "Dereham WaW" is a not for profit organisation. The group is organised by a committee of volunteers.

As nobody is paid for their time or effort, some have questioned why we charge for some events. However, we still have some operational costs, such as:
  • public liability insurance
  • web-site hosting
  • accreditation from the national Walkers are Welcome body
  • printing walk details, posters etc.
  • annual public meeting room hire
We need about £300/year to operate. This does not include one-off expenditure such as bulk printing of walk packs.

Our aims are: Dereham WaW will act in partnership with the community, businesses, relevant groups and Local Authorities to achieve these aims.


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.
Bishop Bonner's Cottage
Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum

... Location

Dereham is located in the centre of Norfolk, with good public transport and road links within and beyond the county. The First Express bus Excel connects Peterborough to Lowestoft via Dereham and other towns along the A47. More locally, Konect buses run to outlying towns and villages, while the Mid Norfolk Railway provides a link to Wymondham and the national rail network. Being central, virtually anywhere in the county can be reached within an hour by car, so giving access to the extensive and popular coastline, as well as the Peddars’ Way and Norfolk Coast Path National Trail and the ever increasing Norfolk Trails network.

Dereham lies just south of the Nar Valley Way and the Wensum Way, both of which are Norfolk Trails, and has a well signposted connection to them at Gressenhall. Dereham itself offers a good range of different types of public walking routes, including many footpaths and restricted byways, though most are apparently little known to judge by the positive reactions of people to the Dereham Walks guides. These include urban routes through the town, stream side paths across water meadows and field edge paths out in the country. Dereham also has some excellent open spaces, most notably the very well used Neatherd Moor, which is fed by a number of adjacent restricted byways.
Mid Norfolk Railway
Mid Norfolk Railway

... Services

The town itself has all the services you would expect of a market town - shops, cafés and other eating places, as well as interesting places to visit (such as Dereham Windmill, the Mid Norfolk Railway and Bishop Bonner’s Cottage and Museum).

For more about us and some of the other things we do, see our printed leaflet (PDF, opens in a new tab).