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Autumn Footprints Annual Walking Festival: September 2018

The annual “Autumn Footprints” Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival promises sixteen days of walks set in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire (from Saturday 15th September to Sunday 30th September 2018).


This Walking Festival offers a range of 42 guided free walks over 16 days and 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 begins on Saturday 15th September 2018 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 wildlife and history of Shipley Country Park.


Walking Festival Co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork, said:


Do come and take part in the one or more walks during the Walking Festival in September. 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. There are walks alongside rivers and canals, through towns and villages and even Nordic Walking taster sessions.


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. The walks are a good introduction to the various landscapes and the history of this part of Derbyshire, Booking in advance is recommended.


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 to download the full leaflet from the bottom of the homepage.


Autumn Footprints is jointly organised by Erewash Borough Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council, several parish councils, community groups and Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield & Mansfield.


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