Walking festival hailed a success

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The annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival has come to an end proving to be a huge success and seeing over 950 people take part this year.

The sixteen day festival of walks ran from Saturday, September 13 to Sunday, September 28 offering 40 walks of different distances, pace and themes.

The vast majority of walk leaders taking part were volunteers, both Erawash and Amber Valley Borough Council have said that without their enthusiasm this walking festival would not have been quite simply not have been possible.

Richard and Penny Biggin, both Volunteer Walk Leaders said: “We have really enjoyed being a part of Autumn Footprints.

“We have led walks as part of the festival for over 9 years and also enjoyed going on other walks during the festival.

“Long may it continue!”

The Walking Festival has proved to be very popular with both inexperienced and experienced walkers time and again as people continue to come back every year.

The walks, led by volunteers and staff from over 20 organisations, took place across Amber Valley and Erewash with the two areas being renowned for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.

The walks were of varying lengths and gradient, ranging in length from one mile to twelve miles, offering something for everyone.

They were all led by knowledgeable local people who are enthusiastic to show off their local patch.

Walking Festival Co­ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork said: “I am really pleased how well the festival has run again this year. It is a credit to our volunteer walk leaders.

“This festival is a wonderful way to promote awareness of our public footpaths and bridleways through Amber Valley and Erewash.