Get your boots on at walking festival

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AN ANNUAL walking festival in Amber Valley is stomping on to the horizon.

The Autumn Footprints Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival will embark on 16 days of walks on Saturday, September 10, and culminate on Sunday, September 25.

A range of 32 free guided walks are on offer throughout the extravaganza and they are open to experienced and inexperienced walkers alike.

Walks range from one mile to eight miles. Last year, the festival attracted more than 900 people over the 16 days.

Festival co-ordinator Marion Farrell said: “This festival is a fantastic way to see more of your local area. Each walk has two leaders and there is plenty of time to chat and admire the views.

“The idea behind the festival is not only to get local people to appreciate the countryside on their doorstep, but also to show visitors that you don’t have to go racing up to the Peak District to walk through beautiful countryside.”

On Wednesday, September 14. at 10am, a strenuous seven-mile walk entitled Explore the Highlands of Amber Valley will start from Alport Heights, while on Wednesday, September 21, walkers can meet at Belper train station at 9.45am for the Belper Linear Walk.

On Friday, September 16, walk From New Rail to Old, starting at Duffield train station at 10.10am. On Sunday, September 18, it’s Poetry in Motion, commencing at 1pm from the bandstand in Belper’s River Gardens.

On Tuesday, September 20, explore the woods and fields in Little Eaton on a walk that starts at 10am at the New Inn on Duffield Road, Little Eaton. Then, on Thursday, September 22, explore Holbrook and the Derwent Valley, starting at 10am from the Spotted Cow pub on Town Street, Holbrook

There are also walks in Alfreton, Ockbrook, Stanley, Long Eaton, Codnor, West Hallam, Heanor, Derby, Kirk Hallam, Sandiacre and Butterley, as well as walks designed for children.

A guide on all the walks and events is available by ringing 01773 535232 or by visiting www.gdd.org.uk.

To book your place on a walk contact Derbyshire County Council on 08456 058058.