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Welcome to the
Autumn Footprints Walking Festival 2023

for Amber Valley








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The Autumn Footprints Festival offers a great choice of 18 guided walks from 9 - 24 September 2023. Sixteen days of enjoyable walks and informative talks with something for everybody of all abilities.

Set in picturesque Derbyshire, the festival takes place in an area known for its natural beauty and superb scenery. Popular with both novice and experience walkers wanting to enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn and the area's fabulous views, undulating countryside, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.

Led by knowledgeable local volunteers and staff keen to show off their patch, you will discover a wide variety of walks to explore local heritage, natural history and wildlife. The routes take in walks alongside rivers and canals, as well as through open countryside, towns and villages.

All walks are FREE OF CHARGE. However, there may be a parking charge (see symbols on individual walks).

Booking is advised on most of our walks. On some it is booking essential to join some of our led walks this year. Details on how to book will be listed in each walk description.

If you still fancy more walking, head over to our extra walks section to find various walking leaflets and also find out about the children's self led trail running every day of the festival at Shipley Park.

Don't forget, if you have taken part in the festival this year then we would love your feedback about our guided walks. You can submit your feedback via our online feedback form.

Walking guide

Before taking part, have a read of our handy walking guide that will tell you everything you need to know about the guided walks.

Read our walking guide

Our walks

day 1

Saturday 9 September

- Autumn Footprints Shipley Guided Walk

- Nordic Walking Taster Session

day 2

Sunday 10 September

- Exploring Shining Cliff Woods

day 3

Monday 11 September

- In the Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels of 1817 (Belper)

day 4

Tuesday 12 September

- Two Canal Circular

day 5

Wednesday 13 September

- Holbrook and the Derwent Valley

- Codnor Castle and Erewash Meadows

day 6

Thursday 14 September

- Heanor Amble

day 7

Friday 15 September

- Gasworks and Canal

day 8

Saturday 16 September

- Young People's Forest at Mead Circular

day 9

Sunday 17 September

- In the Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels of 1817 (Fritchley)

day 10

Monday 18 September

- In the Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels of 1817 (Langley Mill)

day 11

Tuesday 19 September

- Bell and Bridle Circular

day 12

Wednesday 20 September

- Along the River Amber

day 13

Thursday 21 September

- In the Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels of 1817 (Codnor)

day 14

Friday 22 September

- Around the jitties of Belper

day 15

Saturday 23 September

- In the Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels of 1817 (Pentrich)

day 16

Sunday 24 September

- Fritchley, Crich and the Cromford Canal

Thank you

This walking festival has been made possible by the involvement of many local groups and the dedicated individuals who lead and act as back up for the walks. Our thanks go to all of them, and to the organisations who have supported the festival with funding or help in kind.

Amber Valley Borough Council
British Nordic Walking
Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group
Ramblers Association
Walk Derbyshire
Woodland Trust