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.

​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  which may be of interest. A small selection of these is displayed below.


May to Aug 1974


Jan to Apr 1975


May to Sep 1976

To see further examples of these historic programmes please click here.

In addition to the collection of old programmes we also have a collection of old photographs as illustrated below.

Mavis Burton 1952 - Walking the Pennine Way 

Three Shires Head

A new collection is currently being sourced and will appear here soon.