Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival

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, Saturday 15th September to Sunday 30th September 2018.

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 15th September 2018 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 wildlife and history of Shipley Country Park. 

Walking Festival Co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork, said: “Do come and take part in the one or more walks during the Walking Festival in September. All the walks are led by volunteers who are keen to share their knowledge of this beautiful part of Derbyshire".

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:

  • Wildlife walks include Family Wildlife Wander on Sun 16 Sept 10am led by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
  • Longer Heritage walks include Langley Mill and Codnor Castle (9.5 miles)  on Sun 16th at 10am, West Hallam and Stanley Walk (7.5 miles) Mon 17th at 10am,  Risley, Stanton, Dale Abbey Circular (8 miles) on Tues 18th at 10.30am, The Aftermath: one year on from the 1817 Rising Pentrich (5miles) Thur 27th at 10am,  Heage and Lower Hartshay (6 miles) on Fri 28th at 10am
  • Short Heritage walks -  Step Though Time in Ilkeston (2.5 miles) Sat 22nd at 1pm, In the Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels of 1817 Ripley (4 miles) Sun 23rd at 10am, 50 Buildings and some of their stories (3 miles) Tues 25th at 10am, Butterley: A Walk Through Industrial History (2 miles) on Sat 29th at 1pm and Short Walk around the Listed Buildings in Risley (2 miles) on Sun 30 Sept at 2.15pm
  • Country walks include – Denby Bottles, Rawson Green & Marehay (8 miles) on Sun 16th at 10.30am, Up and Down the Derwent Valley Mon 17th at 10.30am, , Tour of Alport Heights  (7 miles) on Wed 19th , Brackley Gate, Woodside and Smalley Common (6 miles) on Tues 20th, Wonderful West Hallam and Splendid Stanley (7.5 miles) on Fri 21st and . Ilkeston, Shipley & Mapperley (8 miles) on Sun 23rd at 10am and Mugginton Area Circular (8.5 miles) on Sun 30th at 10.30am. ,
  • Health Walks and short strolls include Crich Walking for Health (2.25 miles) on Tues 18th,  Horsley Woodhouse & Horsley (3.5 or 2.5 miles) on Wed 19th, Sandiacre and Stanton Gate Loop (3 miles) on Fri 21st at 10am and Old Hall Loop with Monday Strollers on Mon 24th at 10.15am.
  • Nordic Walking Taster sessions are on   Sat 15th, Thur 20th and Wed 26th

Pick up a free comprehensive guide detailing all the walks and events from Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre or Telephone 01629 533 991 and it will be posted to you. Alternatively visit to download the full leaflet from the bottom of the homepage.

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