Walking Festival is Stepping Out

Walking Fest Launch 2018 Photo

The Walking Festival was launched by the Mayors of Amber Valley and Erewash on Saturday 15th September 2018 at Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre. The Mayors presented each Walk Leader with an official badge to acknowledge the volunteers’ valuable contribution to the success of Autumn Footprints. Most walk leaders are volunteers and without their enthusiasm this festival would not be possible.

Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival is set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire. Enjoy sixteen days of walks, Saturday 15th September to Sunday 30th September 2018.

Walking Festival Co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork, said: “Do join us on at least one of these free guided walks. It’s a great way to get to know your local area. It’s wonderful to have the support of the Mayors of Amber Valley and Erewash who kindly opened our free Walking Festival.”

This Walking Festival offers a range of 42 guided free walks over 16 days andhas proved to be very popular with both inexperienced and experienced walkers. The walks, led by volunteers and staff from over 20 organisations, 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.

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:

  • Country walks include –Wonderful West Hallam and Splendid Stanley (7.5 miles) on Fri 21st, Shardlow Port, Revolution in Transport (8 miles) on Sat 22 Sept at 10am, Ilkeston, Shipley & Mapperley (8 miles) on Sun 23rd at 10am, Bartlewood, Dale Abbey & Locko Grange (7 miles) Mon 24th at 10.30am, Ridding to Butterley Ramble (5.5 miles) on Tues 25 Sept 10am, Duffield’s Rolling Hills on Wed 26th at 10am, By Stanton By Dale ( 8 miles) on Thurs 27th at 10am,   Homage to the Canary Girls (8 miles) on Sat 29 at 10am and Mugginton Area Circular (8.5 miles) on Sun 30th at 10.30am
  • Medium length Country Walks include Alfreton Local Walk (5 miles) on Sat 22nd at 10am, Woodland Trails and more (4.5 miles) on Friday 28th and Alfreton and South Wingfield (4.5 miles) Sat 29 Sept 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 in Long Eaton (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.
  • A bit longer Heritage walks include,  The Aftermath: one year on from the 1817 Rising Pentrich (5 miles) on Thur 27th at 10am and Heage and Lower Hartshay (6 miles) on Fri 28 Sept.
  • Health Walks and short strolls include 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 Thur 20th and Wed 26th Sept.

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 www.autumnfootprints.co.uk to download the full leaflet from the bottom of the homepage.



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