A Workshop has been arranged by The Ramblers (Norfolk) to support people wishing to work on making claims for rights of way before this opportunity is lost on 1 January 2026. The purpose is not to explain the legislation or background, but will be firmly practical - direct support to show attendees how and where to find evidence, and give them the confidence to prepare claims for submission.
The Workshop is limited to 20 participants, and 10 places are already taken!!
The Workshop will start at 10am (arrival from 9.30am onwards) on Saturday 29 October, at Dereham Town Football Club, Aldiss Park, Norwich Road, Dereham NR20 3AL: it’s just off the A47. From the east, leave the A47 before Dereham, taking the B1147 turn to Bawdeswell and Swanton Morley; cross the bridge over the A47, then turn right to reach Aldiss Park shortly on your left. From the west, go past the Dereham exit (join the dual carriageway), then leave the A47 taking the B1147 turn to Bawdeswell and Swanton Morley, but then keep left towards the town centre: Aldiss Park is very shortly on your right. From either north or south, join the A47 towards Norwich and proceed as above, approaching from the west.
There will be tea/coffee and biscuit at 11am and the Workshop will end no later than 1.30pm.
The Workshop can take a maximum of 20 people. Anyone intending to come should book in, and get confirmation of the booking: anyone turning up without a booking will be admitted only if there is space. In order to ensure we don’t waste the spaces available, and to ensure that adequate catering has been booked, please also let us know as soon as possible if you are (or think you may be) unable to come, so we can give the place to someone else.
If possible, please bring with you a fully charged laptop and (if you have one) an extension lead; also bring an OS Explorer map of the area you wish to research.
The Workshop will be led by Helen Chester of the British Horse Society and will include a familiarisation and demonstration of the Norfolk map explorer: delegates will be supported to begin actual research at the time. Other examples of how this can be extended will be given and other useful websites, as well as a run down on some of the documents available in the various archives and what evidence they provide, will be covered. (If possible, you might want to explore the Historic Maps Norfolk website before the Workshop: play around between the different maps, and see what limitations there are in different parts of the County; try to trace on the old maps some of the walks that you have done.)
To book your place, please contact Ken Hawkins.