Would you like to enjoy walking in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, with good company along the way? Then the Matlock Area U3A Walking Groups could be ideal for you. We welcome new members and you don't have to be a seasoned walker to join us, as we now have a second group offering shorter, easier walks.

In addition to the regular local walks, each year we organise a short walking holiday, spending a few days further afield when members spend a few days walking, exporing, eating and generally enjoying themselves!

The Walking 1 group usually have one walk each week of 5 to 10 miles. If you would like to join the group, please email the coordinator Pam Johns by clicking on her name or telephone her on 01629 825131.

The Walking 2 group usually walk 3 to 5 miles fortnightly on Saturdays. If you would like to join the group, please email the coordinator Wendy Green by clicking on her name or telephone her on 01629 583958.

Enthusiastic walkers can join both groups!


Annual Walking holiday

We explored the coastline and hills of Northumbria choosing either a long or shorter walk each day - usually ending with the obligatory coffee shop or pub.

Wonderful weather, spectacular scenery, good company and a wide variety of walks all contributed to a most enjoyable week’s holiday.

Walks varied from 5 – 9 miles which included a grand finale on the last day onto the summit of the highest peak in the Cheviots. A rather boggy walk rewarded us with spectacular 360 degree views across Northumbria.

Some of us also enjoyed visits to Cragside, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne.

Members enjoying their Northumberland holiday

Walking Group 1

We have had successful walks of varying lengths in different terrains in a wide area around Matlock. We try, where practicable, to plan walks around public transport. We also share cars to get to the start points, when we do, we ask members make a nominal £1 contribution toward costs.

Any member who would like to lead a walk, but may appreciate help to do a "recce" should also get in touch with the coordinator Pam Johns.


2019 programme

The programme of recent and forthcoming walks for the main group is shown below. The programme is regularly updated, so please re-visit this page for the most recent information. Whilst most walks are between four and six miles, we may also arrange some longer walks of between seven and nine miles.

Please note that if the weather, just before the start of a walk, looks too challenging, prospective walkers should contact the leader to determine whether the walk has been cancelled. Emails are also sent to Group Members before each walk with final walk information.


Members on Curbar Edge - Image courtesy of Peter Keeble

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Meeting Place and Location of Walk

Thursday, 2nd May


Ashover area.

Walk Leaders: Ken and Fiona Keeler

W/C 5th May

6 miles

Birchover, Stanton Moor.

Walk Leader: Jo Woods

W/C 12th May


Walk Leaders: John and Liz Mann

W/C 19th May


Walk Leader: David Haspel

Thursday, 30th May

6 miles

National Stone Centre, High Peak Trail, Cromford Canal, Mid Shires Way.

Walk Leaders: Peter and Karen Hale

Thursday, 6th June


Walk Leader: Lyn Milne

Thursday, 13th June


Walk Leader: Andrew Noone

Thursday, 20th June


Walk Leaders: Will and Lynne Martin

Thursday, 27th June

8 miles

Rushup Edge.

Walk Leader: Peter Keeble

W/C 30th June

6 miles

Orchid walk from Bonsall, Horsedale, Bonsal l Moor and Via Gellia Woods.

Walk Leader: Martin Cruttenden

If the orchids are late Martin  could substitute this for another route but would see if anyone was interested in a short evening walk just to see the orchids.

Please contact the Leader for the walk or the coordinator Pam Johns (01629 825131) if you have any queries.

Health and Safety

Whilst walking with the Matlock U3A Walking Group 1, each person is advised to take the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety.

The walk leaders are responsible for choosing the walk route, may have reconnoitred the walk beforehand and should draw each member's attention to the risks/hazards of the walk. It is advisable to arrive at the starting point at least 10 minutes before the advertised start of the walk. All members should be notified of the identity of a back marker, who should be aware of each member undergoing the walk and be responsible for closing gates.

During the walk, each member should ensure that they stay within sight or sound contact with the group. If there is a need for a comfort stop, the Back Marker should be informed so that the person is not left behind or in danger of taking the wrong route. However, it is the leader's responsibility to ensure that contact is not lost with the rear of the party. This may be done through the use of Two-way Radios which the group now possesses, as well as whistles which should be held by both Walk Leader and Back Marker. If much road walking is to be undertaken, it may be necessary for the Leader and Back Marker to wear luminous jackets and the rest of the group armbands so that they can be easily seen by traffic.

Each person should take the following equipment during walks: appropriate footwear and clothing (e.g. waterproofs, sunhat etc.), bottle of water, a mobile phone (if you have one), any personal prescribed drugs which may be needed (such as inhaler, antihistamine drugs, glucose if diabetic etc.) and a small first aid kit (i.e. some wound dressings in case of falls and cuts, bite and sting relief cream, sun cream etc.). If there are any serious health problems that may affect one's fitness during walks (e.g. Diabetes, Asthma, Angina, Allergic reaction etc.) you may wish to inform the coordinator. This information would of course be confidential.

Check List of Equipment held by the Walking Group 1 Coordinator, which all walk leaders should have with them whenever possible:

  • Two-way Radios
  • Whistles
  • Luminous Armbands
  • First Aid Kit

Finally, all walking group members are encouraged to carry in their rucksacks a completed 'in case of an emergency' form giving: Full name, address and phone number; Who to contact in an emergency; Doctor's name, address and phone number; Medical details that might be useful in an emergency; Their car registration, make and colour.

Walking Group 2

By popular demand we have a separate programme of walks that go at a leisurely pace and are generally three to five miles. We don’t brag about the distance but they generally last around two hours not counting the refreshments afterwards and are held on Saturdays.


Initially, walks were held monthly but now we are trying to have them twice monthly, but this will depend on the number of volunteer leaders. We share transport or use buses and generally walk in the Matlock area as there are so many good walks here such as in Lumsdale, Bonsall, Darley Dale and Cromford, Lea and Holloway.

If you would like to join the short walks group, please email Wendy Green by clicking on her name or by telephone 01629 583958.

Any group member who would like to lead a walk, should also get in touch.

Details of these walks will be regularly emailed to group members. For queries regarding these walks then please contact the relevant leader. Please also check with the leader beforehand if you wish to bring a dog.

Image courtesy of Jeanette Moss

Health and Safety

Whilst walking with the Matlock U3A Walking Group 2, each person is responsible for their own health and safety. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing (waterproofs, sunhat etc), carry a bottle of water and a small first aid kit. If you need a comfort stop, please tell either the leader or backmarker. Please inform the leader if you have a health problem that may affect you during the walk.

Walkers are encouraged to put in their wallet an emergency contact details card (emergency contact name and telephone number, doctors name, and relevant medication).

And remember to follow The Country Code:

Keep to paths across farm land

Fasten all gates

Guard against all risks of fire

Leave no litter

Keep all dogs under proper control

Safeguard water supplies

Protect wildlife, plants and trees

Avoid damaging fences, hedges and walls

Go carefully on country roads

Respect the life of the countryside

Last updated on 30 April, 2019
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