The history of Dereham is highlighted on many of these walks which take you across some of Norfolk’s beautiful farming landscapes.
Dereham is a market town at the heart of Norfolk which flourished in the 7th century. It is thought that St Withburga, youngest daughter of Anna, King of the East Angles, built a nunnery and church.
The town is also historically linked to agriculture being located in the middle of one of Britain’s most important farming regions.
The Mid Norfolk Railway also runs through Dereham. It was first opened to passengers between Wymondham and Dereham in 1847 and was subsequently extended to Fakenham. The line was built at the height of “Railway Mania” when railways were being built across the whole country and by the end of the 19th century the Mid Norfolk Railway was at its peak. Much of the line is now disused and forms an interesting feature of several of the walks.
There is currently a closure in place on the Rush Meadow Health Walk on Dereham Footpath 34. This is because of extreme flooding which has made the bridge and boardwalk unsafe.