Grand start of Footprints walking event

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The annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival, set in the heart of Derbyshire is in full swing after being launched at the weekend.

The 16-day festival of walks, which was launched on Saturday, September 13, will see hundreds of keen 
ramblers take on a variety of different walks led by 
volunteers up until to Sunday, September 28.

This festivities were launched by the mayors of Erewash and Amber Valley and saw them present an official badge to walk leaders to acknowledge the volunteers’ valuable 
contribution to the success of Autumn Footprints, which has been run for the last 11 years.

Walking festival 
co­ordinator Marion Farrell, from Groundwork Cresswell, 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 take part.

“We hope that this festival will inspire more people to get out and enjoy the footpaths of Derbyshire”

All the guided walks are free of charge, and will take place in areas noted for their local heritage and natural history interest, 
taking ramblers 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, offering 
something for everyone no matter what their interests or abilities, said a spokesman for the festival.