Walking

Come along to one of our walks. Walking is a great way to explore the countryside, take up exercise and meet new people! Erewash is the perfect place to explore for people of all abilities. 

Walks change every week. More details can be found on the Walk Erewash Facebook page.

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We have a number of walking leaflets available. If you would like any of these please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Derbyshire County Council have a number of Walks and Trails available on their website which offer a wide variety of options to explore some of the best scenery and outdoor spaces in the country.

As well as exploring green spaces in the local area, Bluetonic have a number of Blue Walks which explore walking routes close to rivers, canals and ponds around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 

Dementia Walks

Dementia Friendly walks will take place on. These walks will enable those living with dementia and carers supporting loved ones to enjoy outdoor exercise. Walking is for everyone - it's free, simple and gentle on your body. Take part in these short, accessible, wheelchair-friendly walks. 
Walks led by qualified leaders. Length and pace of walks designed for you. Refreshment afterwards. For more information contact walk leader Kathleen Taylor on 0115 907 2244/ 07929 731 026 or on the email above.

9th December: Victoria Park, Ilkeston, 1pm - 1.30pm

23rd December: Victoria Park, Ilkeston, 1pm - 1.30pm

Walk Derbyshire- Free

Walk Derbyshire logoWalk Derbyshire is a series of Erewash volunteer led walks that provide low intensity exercise which are suitable for people of all abilities. The walks are mostly on flat ground and are varied week by week. All the walks are led by trained walk leaders who will make sure the walk goes at a pace that suits everyone. Walking groups are a great way to meet new friends and discover the natural beauty of the green spaces across Erewash. And best of all it's free!. Remember to wear sturdy flat shoes and bring a waterproof coat.

Volunteer led walks in Erewash

All of our walks have returned following the easing of Covid restrictions, please contact Kathleen Taylor to find out more information about our returning walks. 

Long Eaton Local Health Walks

This is a group which meets Mondays outside The Town Hall, Long Eaton 10am (unless stated below). These are short walks to improve your health in pleasant company. Walks are usually flat, avoid stiles, circular or linear and take about an hour. Everyone walks at their own pace, as trained leaders walk at the pace of the fastest and slowest walkers. Sturdy footwear and appropriate waterproofs are advised

7th November: Toton Fields and Park Walk Going via Nottingham Road & Norfolk Road we go via the river to reach Toton Park. Returning through the park and Nottingham Road.

14th November: Grange Park Walk. Going to Grange Park via Station Road.

21st November: Erewash Canal South Loop (in reverse) Through the Town & then up Erewash Canal back to the start point.

28th November: Dockholme Walk (Reverse). A pleasant walk through Toton Washlands up to Dockholme Lock and return along the Erewash Canal.   

5th December: Grange Park Walk. Going to Grange Park via Station Road.         

12th December: Erewash Canal South Loop. Down the Erewash Canal through to Tamworth Road. Return via quiet streets to the start point.    

19th December: Dockholme Walk. A pleasant walk up the Erewash Canal to Dockholme Lock and return through Toton Washlands.          

2nd January: West Park Walk – Clockwise. Down Fletcher Street and through to go over canal bridge into West Park. Return via King Street to Derby Road.  

9th January: Railway Bridge & Toton Hill Walk. Using steps over the bridge we join a path to the top of the hill (overlooking the sidings) and return.

16th January: Toton Fields and Park Walk (Reverse). Going via Nottingham Road we go to reach Toton Park. Returning via the river, Norfolk Road and Nottingham Road.

23rd January: Dockholme Walk (Reverse). A pleasant walk through Toton Washlands up to Dockholme Lock and return along the Erewash Canal.

30th January: West Park & Fox Covert Anticlockwise. Up Lime Grove into West Park. Turn right to do a circuit taking in the Fox Covert and Golden Brook. Return through the Town.                    

Monday Strollers – Victoria Park Leisure Centre Health walks (Free)

This is a group which meets Mondays outside Victoria Park Leisure Centre 10:15am (unless stated below). These are short walks to improve your health in pleasant company. Walks are usually flat, avoid stiles, circular or linear and take about an hour. Everyone walks at their own pace, as trained leaders walk at the pace of the fastest and slowest walkers. Sturdy footwear and appropriate waterproofs are advised. The walks, up to 3.5miles long, are led by trained volunteers and provide gentle exercise to improve health in a friendly atmosphere. Walks last between 30-90 mins duration and are:
1 foot: suitable for people looking to be more active or returning from injury or illness, up to 30minutes on flat ground or gentle slopes on mainly firm surfaces.
2 feet: suitable for people looking to increase their activity levels, are between 30-60 minutes and may include moderate slopes, uneven surfaces and possibly some steps. A voluntary contribution of £1.00 is requested to subsidise coach journeys. Sorry no dogs allowed.

31st October: Shipley Linear (2.6 miles) A flat linear walk through Shipley Common and Shipley Wood. Catching public transport back. Next walk 7th Nov. Parks & Water. 

7 November: Parks and Water Walk (2.4 miles) Through Victoria Park, Ilkeston Market Place & down to the cemetery. From Station Rd down steps to the canal heading north to return. Suitable for all.

14 November (two feet):: Nutbrook Loop (2.7 miles) This cuts through the industrial estate to Manner Floods and north along the Nutbrook Trail, returning via Abbotsford Community Centre. Anniversary Meal at the Little Acorn Pub, Awsworth Road. 12.noon

21 November (two feet):: Kirk Hallam Lake Walk (3.miles) A walk along Manners link to Swan lake, Kirk Hallam lake and Nutbrook trail and back to Swan lake where walk terminates. Return to VPLC via footpaths or bus from Derby Road.

28 November (two feet) Newdigate Linear (2.7 miles) A walk across Manner Floods and on to the Newdigate Inn via historical railway routes. Public Transport back.

29 November (one and two feet):  MS Committee meeting at Manor Health & Racquets 9.15am before the walk Rutland Rec. Circular (3 miles) This walk passes through Rutland Rec., South St. and down through Wash Meadows. Includes some steps.

5 December (two feet)Trowell Linear (3miles) ) Meet 10.15am at Gallows Recreation Ground car park. Walking along the Erewash Canal leaving at Moorbridge Lane to take a footpath off to left to walk to Stapleford Rd and crossing to Pit Lane to reach the former Nottingham Canal and Trowell Garden Centre. Return by bus No. 15 to Ilkeston.

12 December (two feet):
Shipley Park Circular (2.5 miles) Meet at Shipley Country Park Visitors’ Centre car Park at 10.45 if using own transport. Those without should gain a lift from a friend, or see any walk leader to arrange transport in advance from VPLC at 10.15.

19 December (two feet)Cotmanhay loop (3 miles). This walk twists and turn through Cotmanhay and back along the Erewash Canal.

Tuesdays: 10.30am Stanley Walk, meet at Stanley post office, 30-60 minutes.

Fridays: 10.15am Sandiacre Strollers - meet outside Sandiacre Library, 30 - 60 minutes.

Gentle Walks

Join our new walking group. Perfect for individuals looking for a steady, gentle stroll. Great for those looking to start walking or get back into walking. Each walk is 1 – 2 miles and plenty of opportunities to stop and rest. Options for walks to be shortened too!

If you’d like to contact the walk leader please ring Jane Burgess on 07854 922084.

Interested in volunteering?

Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to run our walks. Volunteering is a great way to engage with the community, helping to keep people active and healthy, whilst enjoying the outdoors!

As a volunteer you will be working with like-minded people to help plan and lead walking routes. You will receive specialist training and constant support from the Walk Derbyshire programme.

Covid 19 and data collection

Our volunteer led walks are participating in the NHS test and trace scheme and may need to keep details of your visit to our walks for 21 days, in case we or the NHS are asked to contact you following your visit. Please be aware the walk leader may ask for this information prior to the walk or you can use the NHS app to scan in using our QR code. We won’t use this information for any other purpose, other than stated. Your details will be kept secure on a database in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.