Walking Groups

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 there are two groups; for “longer” and shorter” walks,” each with their own web page and membership lists (You can join both groups!)

Walks (Longer)

U3A Walking during the pandemic

The Walking Group is continuing to meet, following guidelines and regulations which are in place for the pandemic.

We walk in groups of up to 6; 1 or 2 groups leave from each start venue.

We plan a programme month by month. Any member can volunteer to lead a walk and more than one walk per week might be programmed. Details for each walk are emailed to members in the previous week. Participants then book a place by directly contacting the leader for each walk.

We try to use venues with plenty of parking or near a bus stop, and use routes with wide paths.

New members are welcome to join the group. Please contact the co-ordinator, Karen Hale, who will add you to the members list to receive information about the walking programme and how to book a place.

Looking for Inspiration for a New Walk?

Have a look at our Walks for Lockdown

Normal Arrangements

The longer walking group organise one walk each week of 5-8 miles in a wide area around Matlock. Group members volunteer to lead walks; a skeleton programme is devised every quarter year and emailed to members as it is updated. The walk leader decides the details of the walk including the day on which it takes place (usually a weekday) and has familiarity with the route.

Relevant details for each walk are emailed by the co-ordinator a few days beforehand. A meeting point in Matlock is suggested from which to organise lift shares to the start of a walk, to help reduce environmental impact and to help members who do not have their own transport. Nominal contributions are offered to drivers. Alternatively, walkers can meet at the walk starting point at the time given by the walk leader (generally 10:30am). Walks generally finish approximately 2-2:30pm.

Members on Curbar Edge – Image courtesy of Peter Keeble

If a walk needs to be cancelled, the walk leader can ask the co-ordinator to inform members via a group email; or if there is doubt about a walk going ahead or queries about the walk, group members can contact the leader directly by phone on the day.

Members enjoying their Northumberland Holiday

Annual Walking Holiday

For the past few years the group has organised a walking holiday in another area for a few days in September, namely, in recent years, Northumberland, Somerset and the Cotswolds. We have used different accommodation types for these holidays; self-catering or catered, depending on availability and the group consensus!

Health and Safety

Whilst walking with the Matlock U3A Walking Group, each person is responsible for their own health and safety. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, carry a bottle of water and a small first aid kit. If you need a comfort stop, please tell either the leader or backmarker, whose roles include not losing any participants! Please inform the leader if you have a health problem that may affect you during the walk.

Walkers are encouraged to carry “emergency” contact details in their wallet giving who to contact in an emergency, doctor’s details, relevant medical details and car registration.


If you would like to join the longer walking group, please email the coordinator, Karen Hale, or telephone her on ( 01629 259763 ) .