Walking Festival steps out

Do join us to celebrate our annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival. Set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire,enjoy sixteen days of walks on Saturday 12th September to Sunday 27th September 2015.

This Walking Festival offers a range of 42 guided free walks over 16 days. The Walking Festival has proved to be very popular with both inexperienced and experienced walkers. The walks, led by volunteers and staff from over 20 organisations, will take place in Amber Valley and Erewash. These two areas are well known for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.

The Walking Festival will begin on Saturday 12th September 2014 at 9.45am, with a launch event at Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre, everyone is welcome. This is followed by a circular walk (3 miles) at 10.30am which looks at the history and wildlife of Shipley Country Park. 

One of the Walking Festival Co-ordinators Marion Farrell from Groundwork, said:

“This Walking Festival is a fantastic way to see more of your local area. Walking is such a good way to improve your health and on these guided walks you will learn some fascinating facts from our enthusiastic volunteer walk leaders."

All the walks are free of charge, and will take place in areas of local heritage and natural history interest, taking walkers alongside rivers and canals as well as through towns and villages. The walks are of varying lengths and gradient, ranging in length from one mile to ten miles, offering something for everyone no matter what their interests or abilities. They are all led by knowledgeable local people who are enthusiastic to show off their local patch.

This ever popular festival is jointly organised by Erewash Borough Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council, several parish councils, community groups and Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield & Mansfield.

Some of the walks taking place are:

  • Heritage walks – Discovering History – Canal and Cotmanhay (3 miles) on Saturday 12th Sept; Risley Heritage Walk (4.7 miles) on Wednesday 16th Sept, Tale of Dale (2 miles) on Thursday 17 Sept, Butterley: A Walk Through Industrial History (2 miles) on Saturday 19th Sept starting at Midland Railway Trust, Butterley Hill; Long Eaton at War (2.5 miles) on Monday 21 Sept; South Wingfield and the Pentrich Revolution Walk (5 miles) on Thursday 24 Sept.
  • Wildlife walks include Launch Walk (3 miles) on Saturday 12 Sept at 10.30am, Trees and their Uses through the Ages (1 mile) on Sunday 20 September at St Chad’s Water, Draycott at 10am.
  • Health Walks and short strolls include Swan Lake Walk (Mon 14 Sept), Two Counties and Two Canals Walk (Tues 15th) Horsley Woodhouse Circular Walk (Wed 16th) Following Beth’s Poetry Trail (Thurs 17th), Crich Walking for Health (Tues 22nd) and The Winston Wander (Fri 25th)
  • Country walks include – Locko, Stanley, Dale Circular (7 miles) on Monday 14 Sept, Ockbrook, Hopwell, Risley Circular (6.5 miles) on Thursday 24 Sept,  Ramble round Ripley (5 miles) Monday 21 Sept, Holbrook and Derwent Valley Walk (6 miles) on Friday 25 Sept and Betty Kenny Walk (4.5 miles) Tuesday 22 Sept.
  • Longer walks include Risley to Ockbrook Circular (8.5 miles) on Sunday 13 Sept, North of Crich (7 miles) on Tuesday 15 Sept, Stanton Gate, Stanton by Dale, Risley Circular (9 miles) on Sunday 20 Sept, and Walking the Northern Fields of Amber Valley (7 miles) on  Wednesday 23 Sept.

Pick up a free comprehensive guide detailing all the walks and events from Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre or Telephone 01773 719961 and it will be posted to you. Alternatively log onto www.autumnfootprints.co.uk to download the full leaflet from the bottom of the homepage.

Further Information

For further information about this project please contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield & Mansfield Tel. 07801 122 494. Please see attached pdf of full leaflet or alternatively take a look at the website www.autumnfootprints.co.uk  If you would like a hardcopy of a leaflet of the festival leaflet please contact call 01773 719961 (Shipley Country Park).

Photo Opportunities

Photo opportunities will be available throughout the festival for further details please contact Marion Farrell, Groundwork’s Healthier Lifestyles Co-ordinator on mobile 07801 122 494.

About Autumn Footprints

‘Autumn Footprints’ is the annual autumn walking festival, held in the Derbyshire boroughs of Amber Valley and Erewash. A partnership between Groundwork, Amber Valley Borough Council, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council. ‘Autumn Footprints’ provides a varied programme of walking activities, from gentle family rambles, to more strenuous hill walks for the more experienced walker. Both boroughs have extensive ranges of countryside walks leaflets, created in partnership with Groundwork.

Contact Information

Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield & Mansfield:
Tel: 07801 122 494 – Marion Farrell (Based in Ripley Town Hall)
Tel 01246 570977 – Sophie Easdon (Based at Clowne, Groundwork Head Office)
Amber Valley Borough Council:
Tel: 01773 841 485
Erewash Borough Council:
Tel: 0115 907 22 44
Derbyshire County Council - Shipley Country Park:
Tel 01773 719961

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