Derbyshire getting set for annual walking festival

Derbyshire is getting set for the tenth annual Autumn Footprints Festival, reports.

The Amber Valley and Erewash walking festival will be taking place from September 8 to 23 and will offer more than thirty free guided walks over sixteen days, to experienced and novice walkers alike.

The festival is led by knowledgeable local volunteers and staff who are keen to show off their local heritage, natural history and wildlife- with walks that take participants along rivers and canals, as well as through the open countryside, towns and villages.

Festival-goers will also learn how to read a compass and an OS map, so that they can make the most of their future walks without getting lost.

Marrion Farrell, one of the organisers from Groundwork Derbyshire, told

"Walking is such a good way to improve your health and on these guided walks you will learn some fascinating facts."

Shipley Country Park, the Erewash Canal and Heage Windmill are just some of the sites that are covered in the programme of walks, which are all free of charge.

An estimated 1,000 people attended the festival last year and this year is promising to be just as successful, according to Ms Farrell who says walking is 'a great way to see the area'.



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