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 andmembership lists (You can join both groups!)

Walks (Longer)

Members on Curbar Edge – Image courtesy of Peter Keeble

The longer walking group organise one walk per week of 5-8 miles in a wide area around Matlock. Walks usually start at 10am and finish approximately 2pm. Rest breaks and lunch stops are usually included in walks with walkers taking picnics and flasks.

Group members volunteer to lead walks, deciding the route and day (weekday). The leader will be familiar with the walk and be able to give a brief description to help members decide whether to participate. Relevant details are emailed out to members by the co-ordinator in the week preceding each walk.

Sometimes a meeting point for a lift share is suggested. If it is not, members who have difficulty with transport can let the co-ordinator know and a request for a lift share can be made.

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.

Annual Walking Holiday

Before Covid the group used to organise a walking holiday in another area of the UK for a few days in September. For the immediate future, this activity has been put on hold.

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.

Members enjoying their Northumberland Holiday


If you would like to join the longer walking group, please email the coordinator, Karen Hale, or telephone her on ( 07467 044839 ) .