Get your boots on for walking festival

NRHNBE110910a1, Launch of the autumn footprints Amber valley and erewash walking festival with the mayors of Amber valley cllr Ron Ashton  and the mayor of erewash cllr Kevin Miller.
NRHNBE110910a1, Launch of the autumn footprints Amber valley and erewash walking festival with the mayors of Amber valley cllr Ron Ashton and the mayor of erewash cllr Kevin Miller.
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Summer may not have happened this year and the weather may have forced many of us to change our plans and stay indoors.

But as autumn begins, so too does the tenth annual Autumn Footprints walking festival across Amber Valley.

And with the biggest ever programme of organised, themed walks, you almost have no choice but to join in, get out and about and see some of the delights on your own doorstep.

And, as Marion Farrell from organisers Groundwork Derbyshire explained – it’s good for you too.

“One of the aims of the festival is to encourage people to get more active and enjoy the countryside,” she said.

“Walking is such a good way to improve your health and on these guided walks you will learn some fascinating facts.”

Some of the boroughs’ most celebrated landmarks, including Heage Windmill, feature in the programme of 40 walks – all free of charge.

“This walking festival is a fantastic way to see more of your local area,” added Marion.

“Each walk has two leaders – there is plenty of time to chat and admire the views.”

An estimated 1,000 people joined in last year’s walks and this year’s 16-day programme promises something for everyone.

On Wednesday Amber Valley Ramblers will guide walkers on a seven-mile trek along the eastern side of Crich.

There will also be a chance to explore the beautiful Derwent Valley from Whatstandwell train station.

On Monday Erewash Ramblers will take walkers around the high points of Little Eaton.

It is recommended that walkers book their places in advance as spaces are limited and demand is set to be high.

To book a spot or to get a copy of the full programme call Marion at Groundwork on 01773 535232, or log on to www.gdd.org.uk.

Look out for more updates from the festival in future editions of the Belper News.