Keen walkers of all ages are being invited to take part in this years Autumn Footprints Festival which kicks off at the weekend.
The ever-popular festival has been part and parcel of life in Amber Valley for the last 11 years and has seen thousands of people put on their walking boots to take part in one of more than 40 unique walks every year.
Autumn Footprints is jointly organised by Amber Valley Borough Council,Erewash Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, several parish councils, community groups and Groundwork Creswell.
This year’s festival will be opened by both the mayors of Amber Valley and Erewash and representatives from all of the festival’s partners will be in attendance on Saturday, September 13 at 10am.
The festival will offer 40 free guided walks over 16 days and has proved to be popular with both inexperienced and experienced walkers.
The walks, led by volunteers and staff from more than 20 organisations, will take place in Amber Valley and Erewash, two areas well known for their natural beauty and superb scenery, say the organisers.
All the walks 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 gradients,ranging from oneto 12 miles.
Walking festival co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork Creswell said:“The launch is a chance to get the walk leaders, partners and funders together to formally thank those involved and to celebrate the start of this successful annual walking festival.
“Everyone is welcome to attend the launch and we hope you take advantage of the opportunity to walk with several different organisations.”