Stepping out - Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival
The 10th annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival, set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire, is now in full swing. This is a sixteen day festival of walks from Saturday 8th September to Sunday 23rd September 2012.
This walking festival was launched by the Mayors of Erewash and Amber Valley on Saturday 8thth September. The Mayors presented each Walk Leader with an official badge to acknowledge the volunteers’ valuable contributions to the success of Autumn Footprints. Most of the walk leaders are volunteers and without their enthusiasm this walking festival would not be possible. (see attached photo of group of walkers)
Walking Festival Co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork Derby & Derbyshire, said
“Do join us on at least one of the 40 free guided walks during this Walking Festival. It is a fantastic way to see more of your local area. Most of the walks are close to bus and train routes enabling everyone to get to the start point.”
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. 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 – Two Canals around Trowell (2.5 miles) Gallows Inn Playing Fields, Nottingham Road, Ilkeston Saturday 15th September at 10am; Mapperley Perimeter (5 miles) starting at Shipley Country Park at 10am on Sunday 23 September.
- Linear walk involving catching the train include Up the Hills and Down the Line (10miles) Sunday 16 September meet at Ecclesbourne Rail car park 9.30am.
- Wildlife and good views on walks Three Reserves and a Reservoir (8 miles) Sunday 16th September starting at Ripley Market Place 10.30am; Stanley Village Wildlife Walk (5 miles) on Saturday 22 September at 10am meeting at Bus stop near White Hart in Stanley.
- Poetry walk - Poetry in Motion (4 miles) on Sunday 23 September at 1pm meeting at Bandstand in Belper River Gardens
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 www.gdd.org.uk to download the full leaflet. To book your free place on a walk contact Derbyshire County Council’s Call Derbyshire on 08456 058058