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Do join us to celebrate our 10th annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival. Set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire, enjoy sixteen days of walks on Saturday 8th September to Sunday 23rd September 2012.

This Walking Festival offers a range of 40 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 8th September 2012 at 10.00am, with a launch event at Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre, everyone is welcome. This is followed by a circular walk (2.5miles) at 10.30am where we will look at the fascinating folklore associated with the various trees in Shipley Country Park.

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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. One of the aims of the festival is to encourage people to get more active and enjoy the countryside. Walking is such a good way to improve your health and on these guided walk you will learn some fascinating facts. “

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 12 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.

Nearly 30 organisations are involved in jointly organising this ever-popular festival - including Erewash Borough Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council, several parish councils, community groups and Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire.                                                               

Some of the walks taking place are:

  • Heritage walks –  A Grave Affair (2 miles) Stanton Road Cemetery, Ilkeston Saturday 8th September  at 1pm;  Denby Heritage Walk (4 miles) Sunday 9th September 2pm meet at John Flamstead Memorial Park; Romans and Revolutionaries starting at Alfreton Bus Station (6 miles) on Tuesday 11 September; Mapperley Perimeter (5 miles) starting at Shipley Country Park at 10am on Sunday 23 September.
  • Linear walks involving catching the train include Derwent Valley Delights on Saturday 8th September at 1.30pm at Whatstandwell Train Station and Up the Hills and Down the Line  Sunday 16 September  meet at Ecclesbourne Rail car park 9.30am.
  • Wildlife and good views on walks Little Eaton Round (6 miles) Monday 10th  September 10am at Little Eaton Village Hall; Three Reserves and a Reservoir (8 miles) Sunday 16th September starting at Ripley Market Place 10.30am; Stanley Village Wildlife Walk (5 miles) at 10am meeting at Bus stop near White Hart in Stanley.

A comprehensive guide detailing all the walks and events, is available free of charge from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire Tel. 01773 535232 (or pick up a guide from Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre), or alternatively log onto to download the full leaflet.

To book your free place on a walk contact Shipley Country Park on 01773 719961.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 10:00 to Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 16:00