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For most of our longer walks and some regular short walks we take pictures and write a summary to keep a record of the event.

17 February 2024
Swanton Morley village sign
Gressenhall (via bus) Walk

At about 5½ miles, this adventure started with 31 people and two dogs taking a bus to Swanton Morley. They were met by further walkers for the walk back to Dereham using part of the Wensum Way (and its Dereham extension, which is also part of the Jubilee Trail from Gressenhall).

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2 February, 2024
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

With weather better than forecast, 32 of us set off through the town and on to enjoy the countryside to the south-east.


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5 January, 2024
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Just a few of us tried the paths around The Neatherd, finding plenty of water - enough to force us to turn back a couple of times.


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1 January 2024
NYD icon
New Year's Day walk

2024 started with our traditional 1 January walk to start the New Year. The walk was to be about 5½ miles, but mud shortened that a little.

We returned to Church House for hot drinks and a small selection of sumptuous seasonal savoury and sweet ... (Walk Leader: I’ve run out of alliteration) items. [Web editor: ... snacks !]

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1 December, 2023
Route to Badley Moor
Dual Length Walk

The weather forecast a fine day for our regular 'short walk' slot of the first Friday of the month, but we we met with a snow flurry! Stating at Church House there was an option for a short walk finishing at the Windmill, and walking or bussing back to the Town centre, or progressing further ...

A smaller group then extended the walk via Northall Green.

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11 October 2023
Mattishall sign
Mattishall Bus walk

A longer walk (6½ miles), taking the Konect 4 service from Dereham to Mattishall and walking back.

This walk was part of the Walk Norfolk festival, details at Pathmakers, (link opens in a new tab).

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9 September 2023
HOD logo
HOD Town History walk

As part of the National HODs week this guided walk of 4½ miles explored Dereham's history, places of interest include: Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum, Scarning Water Meadows, Mid-Norfolk Railway station, the Windmill, the Neatherd, the old cemetery and a rare chance to visit the Explosives Store.

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28 August 2023
Cakes on table
Garden Party walk

Fine weather greeted our annual ‘garden party’ walk, starting from The Neatherd and taking in Highfields, Hoe Lodge, some of us said hello to a barn of cows, then on to Northall Green, Etling Green and Shillings Lane. The walk was led by our new committee member Celia who took us round in exactly the anticipated time. We arrived back at The Neatherd for an amazing spread of tea, coffee, scones and cake put on by our generous hosts, who also made available their wonderful garden.

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4 August, 2023
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Our short walk started at The Neatherd, taking the byway along its northern edge, heading eastwards, and on to pass close by Etling Green.


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27 July 2023
MNR track
Thuxton train walk

In this walk a group set off to Thuxton starting with a 20-minute train ride, courtesy of the Mid-Norfolk Railway, from where we walked back to Dereham.

Returning to Dereham station we were treated to drinks and the MNR’s home made cakes - very much enjoyed by all present.

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24 June 2023
Eye logo
Eye walk

An 'out of area' 5½ mile circular walk at the town of Eye in Suffolk, one of the two towns in Suffolk carrying 'Walkers are Welcome' accreditation.

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29 May, 2023
Badley Moor sign
Late May Bank Holiday Walk

On the late May Bank Holiday we undertook a slightly longer walk of about 6½ miles. The walk started from outside Church House at the bottom of Church Street, and followed a circular route to the South of the Town.


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5 May, 2023
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

We beat the weather forecast (the thunder and rain started only after we were safely back in town) and mostly walked in very pleasant sunshine.


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29 April 2023
Rush Meadow
Short walk followed by Annual Public Meeting

It was a proper Spring day with 23 walkers setting off from outside Church House for a 3½ mile walk to the west and north of the Town.

On our return over tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, we reviewed our activity over the preceding year and discussed possibilities for the future.

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3 February, 2023
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Starting from The Market Place, this 3¾ mile walk went through Scarning Water Meadows, out past Rash’s Green and returning via the Recreation ground.


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1 January 2023
snow?
New Year's Day Walk

As has become traditional, 2023 started with a New Year’s Day walk (6¼ miles) and included a break part way for some seasonal refreshments.

In fully acceptable weather - during the first half, the sun was sighted on a number of occasions!

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2 December, 2022
Egrit
Dual Length Walk

Passing through the newly refurbished Queen Mother's Garden our dual length walk attracted no fewer than 29 walkers, and 2 dogs.

In our regular 'short walk' slot of the first Friday of the month this gave an option for a short walk returning via Sandy Lane and the churchyard or an extended walk to Northall Green, returning via The Neatherd.

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4 November, 2022
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

A circular walk in the autumn sunshine, starting at the windmill, with many taking welcome refreshment at the Partea Hut afterwards.


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12 October, 2022
Konect bus 21
Bus to North Elmham and Walk back

Starting in the Market Place we headed out of town on the 09:50 Konect bus 21 to North Elmham for a 7½ mile walk back to Dereham.

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12 and 17 September, 2022
George I
Dereham Georgian Heritage Walk

The third town heritage walk for 2022 on the theme of Dereham’s Georgian Heritage.

Dereham Walkers are Welcome and Dereham Heritage Trust jointly offered a guided walk around Dereham town centre, explaining the background to some of the notable Georgian buildings and sites within the town.

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2 September, 2022
Green canope
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Passports in hand (or rucksack), our September short walk took us ‘over the border’ into Scarning.


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29 August, 2022
Cake
Garden Party Walk

At the end of August (Bank Holiday Monday) we held another of our popular garden party walks, starting at 13:30 from the play area by The Neatherd it was a shortish walk of about 5 miles, concluding with tea and cakes!

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20 August, 2022
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Dereham Industrial Heritage Walk

The second town heritage walk for 2022 on the theme of Dereham’s Industrial Heritage.

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27 July, 2022
railway
MNR Ride & Walk

A ride out to Thuxton on the Mid-Norfolk Railway and walk back to Dereham station, where there was tea and cake!

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9 July, 2022
booklet
Dereham Heritage Trust (History) Walk

The first of three heritage events we are running in association with Dereham Heritage Trust throughout the year. This walk looked at various points of historical interest in Dereham.

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18 June, 2022
Bishop Bonner's Cottage
Short Walk and Annual Public Meeting

A 5 mile walk started at outside Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum. On our return we held our Annual Public Meeting in Church House, where we invite comments on what we’ve been doing and what you would like us to do in future. As usual, light refreshments were served.

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2 June
Jubilee logo
Jubilee walk

Our regular monthly First Friday short walk moved a day earlier and became a "Jubilee Thursday" walk for June. We were treated to excellent weather as 28 people joined our Jubilee themed walk concluding with light refreshments.

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Friday 6 May, 2022
Windmill
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Read the full report.




18 April 2022
Lane, trees overhanging
Mill Lane Walk

A group of 25 partook in a 5¾ mile walk heading out up Sandy Lane, then past Dillington Hall and along Mill Lane to join a short section of the Wensum Way, returning via Hoe Lodge and the water tower.

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Friday 1 April, 2022
Primroses
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

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Friday 4 March, 2022
Crossing a
fallen tree
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Read the full report.




Friday 4 February, 2022
Wet Friday Walk
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Read the full report.




1 January 2022
Snowy Lane
New Year’s Day Walk

Starting at the Ellenor Fenn Garden at the Dencora shopping centre; a 5 mile circular route to the North-west of Dereham. The weather was nothing like the snowy lane pre-walk picture with a record breaking (for New Year's Day) 16°C.

We enjoyed seasonal refreshments including mince pies and stollen on return to the Ellenor Fenn Garden.

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3 December, 2021
mini pony
Dumpling Green and Northall Green

Our 3 December walk was designed to cater for those who wanted the usual short walk, and for those who wanted to have a bit further to go.

The walk started started by zig-zagging through the Town before heading east to Dumpling Green, then back over the A47 to head north towards Northall Green.

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30 August, 2021
Party time
Garden Party Walk

This walk ws a little shorter than usual, at a little over 5 miles, but to make up for that, it will end with hot drinks and home made-cakes at a nearby venue.

The walk is a loop to the east of the Town and makes use of the newly refurbished steps.

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Friday 6 August, 2021
Friday Monthly Walks
Regular Short walks around Dereham

An occasional brief report on our regular programme of short walks in and around Dereham held on the first Friday of the month.

Read the full report.




Friday 2 July, 2021
Footpath marker post
Northward Hoe! Walk

This walk offered a choice: a longer walk of about 7 miles or a short walk of 3½ or 4 miles.

Both walks set off past the church, down Washbridge and on to Rushmeadow. We then joined Sandy Lane and progressed past the golf course to reach Quebec Road. People on the short walk could return to the town centre either on Sandy Lane or Quebec Road.

The longer walk continued to Hoe, returning via Northall Green and The Neatherd.

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31 May, 2021
Yaxham Church
Tud Valley Walk

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


A 6 mile walk along the Tud Valley which marks the boundary between Dereham and Yaxham. Taking about 2½ hours, including a short mid-way break for rest and/or self provided refreshments. An excellent walking day with sun and a gentle breeze.

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18 April, 2021
Xmas image with snow
The Year Starts Here Walk

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

Our postponed New Year's Day walk; spring has arrived and this walk definitely did not look like the original picture !!

The walk was about 5½ miles, taking about 2 hours. The walk appears on a map to be mainly through the built up areas of Dereham, but this is misleading as it follows many tree and hedge lined tracks hiding the urban picture.

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5 December, 2020
tree
Tree Week Walk

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

This walk is an extra one from our original programme and celebrates tree week, but also marks the end of the second national lock-down.

The previous day it had rained and snowed all day, leading to some muddy tracks but for our walk it stayed dry with a few sunny intervals.

The walk circumnavigated the north of the Town, never far from habitation. It was about 6 miles, taking a bit over 2 hours, including a short break for rest and/or refreshments. The original route was impassable and had to be changed on the day, see the full report for exciting details.

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Tuesday 27 October, 2020
tree
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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27 September, 2020
Etling Green Cider
Press
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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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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