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 August 17 and 31 and September 14 at Victoria Park Ilkeston. 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.

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

18th July:  Dockholme Walk. A pleasant walk up the Erewash Canal to Dockholme Lock and return through Toton Washlands.

25th July: 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.

1st August: 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.

8th August: 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.

15th August: Grange Park Walk. Going to Grange Park via Station Road.

22nd August: Erewash Canal South Loop (in reverse). Through the Town & then up Erewash Canal back to the start point.

29th August: bank holiday. No official walk.

5th September: Dockholme Walk (Reverse). A pleasant walk through Toton Washlands up to Dockholme Lock and return along the Erewash Canal.

12th September: West Park Walk – Clockwise Down Fletcher Street and through to go over canal bridge into West Park. Return via King Street to Derby Road.

19th September: 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.

26th September: 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. 

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.

18th July: Kirk Hallam Lake Walk. (3miles). A walk along Manners link to Swan lake , Kirk Hallam Lake and Nutbrook trail to return to Swan Lake. Catching public transport back.

25th July: Trent Lock Cranfleet Loop (2.5 miles). A flat pleasant circular walk by the Erewash and Cranfleet canals. Advance non-refundable coach booking fee £4. On the day £1. collected. Back by 1.30pm.

1st August: 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.

8th August: Bridge Inn and Canal (3.5 miles). Down Manners link, along Cotmanhay linear park, over canal at bottom of Bridge St. and back south along Erewash Canal.

15th August: Cotmanhay loop (3 miles). This walk twists and turn through Cotmanhay and back along the Erewash Canal.

22nd August: Shipley Linear (2.6 miles). A flat linear walk through Shipley Common and Shipley Wood. Catching public transport back.

29th August: Bank holiday. No official walk.

5th September: 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.

12th September
: Shipley Common Loop (2.75 miles). Cutting through the open space of Abbotsford & Shipley Common and back via Abbotsford Community Centre.

19th September: Carsington Water (2-3 miles). A pleasant linear walk viewing the activity and wildlife of this reservoir. Advance non-refundable coach booking fee £4. On the day £1 collected. Coach arrives back at VPLC 2.30pm.

26th September: Old Hall Loop (3.5 miles). Walking from VPLC down towards Pewit Golf Course, through Rutland Rec. ground and along footpath to the Old Hall and Beauty Spot and returning back along the Nutbrook Trail and golf course. Included in Walking Footprints programme please make newcomers welcome.

3rd October: Stapleford Linear (2.5 miles). Meet 10.15am at Gallows Recreation Ground car park. A walk along the Erewash canal & across meadows to Stapleford library. Catching No 15 bus back to Ilkeston.

10th October: Gallows Linear (2.3 miles). A linear walk through Ilkeston and south by Erewash Canal. Includes some steps. Catching public transport back.

17th October: Nutbrook Variation Loop (3.2miles). Through Victoria Park and on to the Nutbrook Trail returning via Abbotsford Community Centre.

24th October: Darley Abbey Circular (2 miles). From the Rugby Club car park along Folly Rd the walk goes alongside the river to Handyside bridge which is crossed to travel into and through the Park. Refreshments & toilets available here. Leaving this to continue through the village back to the car park. Advance non-refundable £4 coach booking fee. £1collected on the day. Coach arrives back at VPLC 1.30pm.

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

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 07854922084

8th September
West Park, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, NG10 4AA.

Free car parking. Meet on the path leading into the park by the leisure centre car park at 10.30am. We will walk around the perimeter of the park. The walk is flat and there are benches to take a rest on all along the route. A short distance could be slightly muddy if there has been rain.

15th September
St. Chad’s Water, Church Wilne, DE72 3QH.

Meet in the free car park at 10.30am for a flat walk around the nature reserve, there are a few benches along the route. Some area may be slightly muddy if there has been rain.

22nd September

Pioneer Meadows Nature Reserve. Kirk Hallam.

Meet at Kirk Hallam Playing Fields free car park off Windsor Crescent, Kirk Hallam, DE7 4HE at 10.30am. We will walk to the nature reserve (no road walking) and back. The walk is flat and there are a couple of benches at the reserve. Some areas may be muddy if there has been rain.

29th September
Trent Lock, Lock Lane, Sawley, NG10 2FY.

Meet in the free car park at 10.30am for a flat walk along the canal and across a field back to the car park. There is 1 low stile which can be avoided if necessary. This walk can be muddy if there has been rain. If too much mud the route will be changed.

6th October
Draycott Walk. Meet at the bottom of Town End Road (the railway bridge end, not the clock tower end) DE72 3PZ at 10.30am.

We will do a flat field walk which will be muddy if there has been rain. If it is too muddy the route will be changed to drier areas.

13th October
Straws Bridge, on A609, Ilkeston, DE7 5FG.

Meet in the free car park at 10.30am for a flat walk around a couple of lakes

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.