Annual walking festival is in its tenth year

Walkers are being invited to take in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside as part of a festival.

The tenth annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival will be kicking off next month.

The festival offers a range of 40 free guided walks between September 8 and 23.

One walk on offer includes the chance to enjoy the delights of the Derwent Valley, which meets Whatstandwell Train Station at 1.30pm on September 8.

Another meets at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway car park, in Wirksworth, at 9.30am on September 16.

One of the Walking Festival Co-ordinators, Marion Farrell, from Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire, said: “Each walk has two leaders – there is plenty of time to chat and admire the views. One of the aims of the festival is to encourage people to get more active and enjoy the countryside. Walking is such a good way to improve your health and on these guided walk you will learn some fascinating facts. “

A guide to all the walks and events, is available free of charge from Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire by calling 01773 535232 or alternatively logging onto to download the full leaflet