Walking festival set to return

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It’s time to dust off those walking boots once more and prepare to take in the best scenery the borough has to offer at this year’s Autumn Footprints walking festival.

The 11th annual event is expected draw in ramblers from across the country to take party in any of 39 free guided walks and informative talks around Amber Valley and Erewash.

Shipley Country Park visitors' centre.  Marion Farrel  promoting the start of Autumn footprints walking festival.

Shipley Country Park visitors' centre. Marion Farrel promoting the start of Autumn footprints walking festival.

Routes are set to include spectacular views from Shipley Country Park, Cromford canal, Loscoe’s wildlife, Crich and many more, from Saturday, September 14, to Sunday, September 29.

Organiser Marion Farrell of Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield & Mansfield, said: “We’ve got historical based walks, we’ve got wildlife walks, different distance walks, hopefully there’s something for most people in there!”

The yearly festival is set to be bigger and better in 2013, with more routes added to the roster, including a six mile trail along the line of the Butterley Gangroad tunnel between Crich and Bullbridge, currently being studied by the Derbyshire Archeological Society.

With an average of 20 folk taking part in each walk, all led by knowledgeable volunteers, and more than 700 taking part last year, the 16 day festival is set to be as popular as ever.

“I think this helps people realise what a lovely area it is round here.” Marion said. “Amber Valley has some spectacular landmarks like Heage Windmill, many pretty villages and a rich industrial heritage.And walking is also very good for you!”

For more information contact Groundwork on 01773 719961, or head to the website: www.autumnfootprints.co.uk