Autumn Walking Festival Steps Out
Autumn Footprints’ is the annual autumn walking festival, held in the Derbyshire boroughs of Amber Valley and Erewash that provides a varied programme of walking activities, from gentle family rambles, to more strenuous hill walks for the more experienced walker. Set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire, it will run from Saturday 10- 25 September with a range of 32 guided free walks over 16 days. The areas are well known for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.
One of the Walking Festival Co-ordinators Marion Farrell from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire, said, “This Walking Festival is a fantastic way to see more of your local area. Each walk has two leaders – there is plenty of time to chat and admire the views. The idea behind the festival is not only to get local people to appreciate the countryside on their doorstep, but also to show visitors that you don’t have to go racing up to the Peak District to walk through beautiful countryside. Most of the walks are close to bus and train routes enabling everyone to get to the start point.”
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 8 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.
Some of the walks taking place are:
- Amber Valley highlights include Round about Alfreton (5 miles) and Explore the Highlands of Amber Valley (strenuous walk, 7 miles).
- Erewash highlights include The Lewis Wilson Memorial Walk and Top O’ Stanley (6 miles).
A comprehensive guide detailing all the walks and events is available free of charge from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire, tel. 01773 535232, or log onto www.gdd.org.uk to download the full leaflet.