The Autumn Footprints Walking Festival allows residents of all fitness levels and abilities an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Derbyshire this season.

A total of 34 guided walks will be held in Amber Valley and Erewash across 16 dates, from Saturday 10 to Sunday 25 September. People are welcome to attend as many of the free walks as they like.

The first walk takes place at Shipley Country Park in Heanor where participants can enjoy a stroll and learn about the park wildlife. During the festival, walks will take place in Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Alfreton, Lower Hartshay, Brunswood Farm, Trent lock, Belper, Draycott, Breaston, Sandiacre, Crich and the Cromford Canal. The length of walks range from half a mile to eight miles.

Every walk is led by a guide with knowledge of the area and each particular walking route. While each walk is free of charge, there may be parking charges at certain starting locations. Booking is advised for all walks and a stipulation for a number of them. Detailed information on each walk, including how to book, start times, parking availability, and whether the route is child and dog friendly can be found at autumnfootprints.co.uk.

Councillor Paul Maginnis, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“Walking is one of the simplest and most accessible forms of exercise, so it is wonderful that the Autumn Footprints Festival gives everybody the opportunity to join some social walks. Residents can enjoy the beauty of our local area while participating in walks suitable for their ability. With a huge range of locations, times, and accessibility options, I encourage everyone to get involved.”