About the club

How to join

You are welcome to accompany us on one or two walks before committing yourself to joining the club. Please refer to the programme for details of upcoming walks

The can also supply you with an application form if you want to join the club. Alternatively the membership form is available here. The current annual membership fee is £8.50.

Your Responsibilities Towards the Club

Members of the Derby Nomad Ramblers Club agree that when leading or taking part in club events that they will act in a manner that will not endanger the safety of themselves or others.

The club, its officers and appointed leaders accept no responsibility for any loss or injury sustained by persons taking part in club activities.


The club is affiliated to the following organisations involved in walking and related activities.

  • The Ramblers

    The Ramblers is a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot. It is an association of groups who come together to both enjoy walking and other outdoor pursuits and also to ensure that we protect and expand the infrastructure places people go walking. The Ramblers publish ‘Walk’ a quarterly magazine distributed to members and is available to read on the website.

  • The YHA

    The YHA (England & wales) is a charitable organisation providing youth hostel accommodation in England and Wales. A quarterly publication ‘Live More YHA’ is available to download from their website.

  • The Peak & Northern Footpaths Society

    The PNFS promotes the interest of public footpath users in the North Midlands and North West of England. They monitor, protect and improve the footpath network for all.

  • The Campaign to Protect Rural England

    The CPRE is a charity that works locally and nationally to stand up for the countryside to protect it from the threats it faces and to shape its future for the better. All of their publications are free to download

  • HF Holidays

    HF Holidays is the only UK holiday provider that’s a co-operative. The Club is a shareholding activity club member and therefore benefits from insurance cover, group discounts on holidays, and a contribution towards the cost of printing our quarterly programme. The Company also arrange discounts from time to time with other organisations such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor, Paramo, Go Outdoors, Hi Tech, Benenden Health, coeliac uk .

  • The Walking Partnership

    This initiative supported by RWH Holidays aims to provide direct financial support to the grass roots of the walking community in the UK through local walking clubs and societies.

    The club have registered with the Partnership and receive a payment whenever ‘Derby Nomad Ramblers’ is mentioned at the time a holiday is booked with ‘Ramblers holidays’.

    Current payment rates are:

    • UK holidays £10 pp booked.
    • Short haul holidays £20 pp booked
    • Long haul holidays £30 pp booked.
The club feels these affiliations benefit members and walking as an activity. It has a Ramblers Association (RA) representative who attends local RA meetings to exchange information. It also has a footpath secretary who ensures the club does its best to preserve footpaths throughout Derbyshire.

Club History

The club was formed in 1935 by a group of five keen ramblers.

Derby Nomad Ramblers was established by Keith Hands, Bill Ross, Major Chadwick, Stan Turner and Arthur Whitaker at a meeting held at 5 Bloomfield Street, Derby on 5th September 1935. Mr W Ross was appointed Hon. Sec. The inaugural Nomad Ramble took place on Sunday 8th September 1935 using for transport the old LMS 10-20 train from Derby to Edale. The walk over Kinder Scout included 'Lunch' at the Sportsman Inn, Hayfield.

Three Shires head

A reputation as the hardest walking club in Derbyshire was acquired, but the club has mellowed and walks are now organised to suit most abilities.

Early members took part in the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932, which resulted in freedom to roam the moors becoming the generally accepted thing it is today.

We have a selection of old club programmes dating back to 1974 which may be of interest..

Club Membership

Prospective members are encouraged to sample walks with the club before joining. Please refer to the programme for the schedule of walks.

Anyone wishing to join should contact the .

The Club's annual membership is £8.50 renewable on 1st January each year.

The membership form is available here.