Walks

Originally four walks were produced for Dereham Town Council. Following the formation of Dereham Walkers are Welcome additional walks were developed and the original walks reworked.

There are now 14 walks available for download, all centred around Dereham; some involve a bus or train trip to the start of the walk.

General Leaflet
General Leaflet:

Background information

PDF download General leaflet (PDF, opens in new tab).

Useful information: please read to make the most of the walks.


Potters Fen
Walk 1:

Potters Fen and Water Meadows

PDF download 3 miles, allow 1¼ hours.
Walk 1 (PDF, opens in new tab).

A short walk through the town utilising Dereham's green corridors which run both north-south and east-west.
Track by rape-seed field
Walk 2:

Badley Moor

PDF download 8 miles, allow 3¼ hours.
Can be shortened to 5 miles (2 hours).
Walk 2 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk heads south to Toftwood, then east to Dumpling Green and out along an ancient track past Badley Moor Common.
Neatherd moor pond
Walk 3:

The Windmill and The Neatherd

PDF download 8½ miles, allow 3½ hours.
Can be shortened to 5½ or 7 miles (2¼ or 3 hours).
Walk 3 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk passes many interesting buildings, including The Windmill, Lecture Room, Tollgate Cottages and Gooch's Cottages. The route is generally to the north-east of the town although it does dip south of the A47 for a mile or so.
Board walk
Walk 4:

Rush Meadow and Quebec Wood

PDF download 7 miles, allow 3 hours.
Can be shortened to 3, 5 or 6¼ miles (1¼, 2 or 2½ hours).
Walk 4 (PDF, opens in new tab).

The walk goes through Rush Meadow as part of a circumnavigation of the northern half of the Town, enjoy some of Norfolk's 'big sky'.
wooden foot bridge
Walk 5:

Scarning and Podmore

PDF download 7¼ miles, allow 3 hours.
Can be shortened to 3¾ or 4¼ miles (1½, 1¾ hours).
Walk 5 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk explores quiet old lanes out to Scarning, west of Dereham.
standard oak in autumn
Walk 6:

Yaxham

PDF download 7 miles, allow 3 hours.
Can be shortened to 5½ miles (2¼ hours).
Walk 6 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk does not start from the town centre, but the corner of Charles Wood Road by the railway. Bus access details are given in the guide.

The walk goes out through Yaxham, returning past Badley Moor Common.
walk marker post
Walk 7:

Gressenhall

PDF download 9 miles, allow 3¾ hours.
Can be shortened to 3¼, 4½, 6¾ or 7 (1½, 2, 2¾ or 3 hours).
Walk 7 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk does not start from the town centre, but a small informal car parking area in Quebec Wood. Bus access details are given in the guide.

The easterly route is a footpaths (and bridleway) route to Gressenhall. The return westerly route uses quiet lanes.
track across harvested
field
Walk 8:

Train walk: Thuxton to Dereham via Whinburgh

PDF download 7 miles, allow 3 hours for the walk.
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This walk starts at Dereham railway station where you take a train to Thuxton station and walk back. There is parking at Dereham station, but the gates are locked shortly after the last train. Check the MNR website for train times.
Hedge aching over route
Walk 9:

Train walk: Thuxton to Dereham via Clint Green

PDF download 7¾ miles, allow 3¼ hours for the walk.
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This walk starts at Dereham railway station where you take a train to Thuxton station and walk back. There is parking at Dereham station, but the gates are locked shortly after the last train. Check the MNR website for train times.
Rough hedge either side of
wide path
Walk 10:

Train walk: Yaxham

PDF download 5 miles, allow 2 hours for the walk.
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This walk starts from Dereham Railway Station, catching a service on the Mid-Norfolk Railway to Yaxham. Note that the station car park is locked shortly after the last train of the day arrives in Dereham. A slightly shorter version can be started from Yaxham village: catch the Konect service 4 outside Barclays Bank.

The walk includes tree lined avenues and open vistas.

For a circular walk to Yaxham, see Walk 6.
Isolated bare tree
Walk 11:

Bus walk: East Tuddenham and Mattishall

PDF download 8½ miles, allow 3½ hours for the walk.
Can be shortened to 6½ miles (2¾ hours).
Walk 11 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk starts from the town centre, using Konect service 4 from outside Barclays Bank in the Market Place.

Lots of subtle details on this walk. You may like to spend a little extra time in Mattishall.
Isolated simple church
Walk 12:

Bus walk: North Elmham

PDF download 7 miles, allow 3 hours for the walk.
Can be shortened to 6¼ miles (2½ hours).
Walk 12 (PDF, opens in new tab).


A fairly linear walk from North Elmham (north of Dereham), so the opportunities to shorten it are limited.
hedge tunnel
Walk 13:

Bus walk: Gressenhall

PDF download 6½ miles, allow 2¾ hours for the walk.
Can be shortened to 3¼, 4½ or 5¼ miles (1½, 2 or 2¼ hours).
Walk 13 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk starts from the town centre, using Konect service 21 (outside Barclays Bank) towards Fakenham. Note that the bus route seems to go past Gressenhall before returning to The Swan.

For a circular walk to Gressenhall, see Walk 7.
Surfaced path under oak tree
Walk 14:

Bus walk: Swanton Morley

PDF download 5 miles, allow 2 hours for the walk.
Walk 14 (PDF, opens in new tab).

This walk starts from the town centre, catching Konect service 4 (stop opposite Lloyds Bank) to Swanton Morley.

This walk follows the Wensum Way and its extension to Dereham.
About us leaflet
About Leaflet:

Information about us

PDF download General leaflet. (PDF, opens in new tab).
General information about us and rights of way.