14th-29th September: Autumn Footprints Erewash & Amber Valley Walking Festival 2019

Published on: Friday, 2nd August 2019

The 2019 Autumn Footprints Erewash & Amber Valley Walking Festival, set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire, is to offer sixteen days of walks from Saturday 14th September to Sunday 29th September 2019.

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 14th September 2019 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.  

Walking Festival Co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork, said: “Do join us this September. Walking is a great way to make new friends, learn more about the area and get fitter. 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.

Some of the walks taking place are:

  • Wildlife walks include St Chad’s Water Wildlife and History on Sat 14 Sept 2pm led by Long Eaton Natural History Society Wildlife Group.
  • Walks suitable for families with children 5 years and above: Family Wellbeing Evening Safari Fri 20th at 5pm and Family Wild Wellbeing Safari Sat 10.30am – both are run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Booking is Essential – call 01629 533991.
  • Short Heritage walks include – Historic Trees in Risley on Sun 15th at 2.15pm, Long Eaton Revealed on Mon 16th at 1.30pm, A Step Though Time: Ilkeston (2.5 miles) Thurs 19th at 1pm and “What’s Left in Langley Mill?” Sun 22nd at 2pm
  • Longer Heritage walks include -  Codnor Castle Circular (7 miles)  on Mon 16th at 10.30am,  Risley, Dale Abbey Stanton Circular (8 miles) on Tues 17th at 10.30am, In the Footsteps of the Rebels of 1817 [Ambergate] (6 miles) on Sun 22nd at 10.30am and Homage to the Canary Girls (8 miles)  on Thurs 26th at 10am.
  • Country walks include – Draycott, Ockbrook and Derby Canal (8 miles) on Sun 15th at 10.30am, Belper and Shottle (7.5 miles) on Wed 18th at 10am, Smalley Common, Woodside & Brackley Gate, (6 miles) on Tues 19th, Lee Dethick & Holloway (7.5 miles) on Friday 27th at 10.30am and A Walk through parishes along the Derwent Valley (10.5 miles) on Sun 29th at 10am.
  • Health Walks and short strolls include Bell & Bridle (3 miles) on Tues 17th, Simon’s Walk Horsley Woodhouse & Horsley (3 or 2.5 miles) on Wed 18th, Ripley Urban Walk (4 miles) on Sat 21st at 10am and Old Hall Loop with Monday Strollers on Mon 23rd at 10.15am.
  • Nordic Walking Taster sessions are on Sat 14th, Thurs 19th and Mon 23rd

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

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