"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:
- Promoting Dereham as a good location for recreational walking for
the benefit of local residents, visitors and the tourism economy;
- Working to improve access for the purpose of the enjoyment of the
local countryside and facilities for all;
- Monitoring Public Rights of Way (PRoW) within the Dereham Parish
boundary to resolve issues early;
- Working to maintain and improve facilities for walkers including,
but not restricted to, PRoW and public transport;
- Publicising local PRoW and other walking routes; maintaining
membership of the National WaW Network to promote it and Dereham WaW.
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 Museum
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
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).