The short (under 4 miles) walks programme will continue on 6 October, 3 November and 1 December. These walks are always on the first Friday of the month and start at 10:15 unless otherwise advised: the starting point may vary (though will always be near Dereham town centre), so please check on arrangements. Other than that, you don’t need to book – just turn up at the right time in the right place. Please note that short walks do not have programmed refreshment stops, but there are usually a number of short halts for people to collect and catch breath, so if you want to bring something to eat and/or drink, there will be opportunity to consume it. The walk will be led at a reasonable pace – we do not rush, but we do need to make progress for the group as a whole; if you have any questions about our speed, please raise them with us.
We have, as usual, an entry in this year’s Heritage Open Days programme – a walk on the morning of Saturday 9 September. This will be about 4½ miles and is planned as a way of seeing a lot of places of interest in Dereham, so will involve a fair bit of stopping and looking, not just walking. As part of the HODs programme, booking opened on 21 August; we are unable to consider bookings before that time and date, at which point it will be first come, first served until the allocated places are filled. Bookings can be made via email@example.com or 07561 813243 and will be accepted in strict order of receipt: all requests will be acknowledged.
We are also continuing with our ‘Easy Tuesday’ walks, next on 12 September. As with all of these walks, it will be no more than two miles, on good and even surfaces and expected to take about an hour. The pace will be steady with regular pauses to catch breath and afterwards there will be an opportunity to have some refreshments (bring your purse). These walks will continue on the second Tuesday of each month, meeting outside Dads and Lads (Cherry Tree car park) at 10:00. If you think this might be for you and want more details, please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if you need personal support in order to take part, you will need to arrange this yourself; we regret that we are unable to provide it for you.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a longer walk, our next walk will be on the morning of Wednesday 11 October, when we are taking the bus to Mattishall and walking back from there, about 6½ miles. This walk is part of the Walk Norfolk 2023 festival, through which bookings must be made. Booking arrangements are not yet available, but should be published at https://pathmakers.org.uk/walknorfolk-2/, or contact Ken Hawkins for details.
We look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks. You should come with decent footwear (especially when it’s been wet) and suitable clothing. All walks will go ahead unless the weather is really bad.