Get your walking boots on for festival

Families are invited to step out into the beautiful Derbyshire countryside as the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival returns for another successful year.

This year’s festival runs from Saturday, May 6, to Sunday, May 14, with walks taking place each day.

There is a variety of walks to suit all ages and levels of fitness ranging from a family ramble of two to three miles to a trek of 34 miles.

Highlights include the George Stephenson walk taking in places of interest connected with the ‘Father of Railways’ who made Chesterfield his home and a Bumblebee Safari to find out more about these endangered insects – and see how many you can find!

Most walks are free and all are led by an experienced walk leader who knows the history, wildlife and the best places to walk.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy said: “As a council two of our key priorities are to offer activities to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and to make Chesterfield a thriving borough.

“The Chesterfield Area Walking Festival does both by giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part in the various walks on offer and also attracts people to come and visit the borough and the surrounding areas to admire the wonderful scenery and find out more about the places from the experienced walk leaders.”

For more information on the festival or to book places on a walk, visit: www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk.

Tickets are also available from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre in Rykneld Square, next to the Crooked Spire church, Call (01246) 345777 or 345778, or email tourism@chesterfield.gov.uk.