Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival

This year Covid-19 has put a stop to our usual annual Autumn Footprints Amber Valley & Erewash Walking Festival. (12th to 27th September 2020). Normally this would consist of a range of guided walks led by local knowledgeable volunteers over sixteen days in September. However with Covid-19 restrictions this has had to be revised and there will be no led/guided walks. Instead we have collected together some previously produced walk leaflets onto the website for you to enjoy in your own family/friends group – obviously observing strict social distancing guidance. Please see attached socially distanced photograph of the Mayors and consorts of Amber Valley and Erewash to promote the Walking Festival. Left to right Mayor of Erewash Councillor Sue Beardsley, John Beardsley (consort), Mayoress Angela Walker and Mayor of Amber Valley Councillor John Walker.

We hope that during 12 to 27th September 2020 you will discover what wonderful walks there are in Amber Valley and Erewash in the heart of picturesque Derbyshire. Both boroughs are well known for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages. Both boroughs have extensive ranges of countryside walks leaflets, created in partnership with Groundwork

Walks available to download:-

  • Amber Valley Routeways – a series of country walks in Amber Valley
  • Country Walks in Erewash
  • Walks linked to the Pentrich Revolution
  • Walks in Holbrook
  • A Short Heritage Walk – Historic Trees in Risley

Log onto to download the leaflets from the homepage.

Please note the leaflets have been produced over the last 20 years, so well before the Covid-19. Therefore, it may be that there are some public houses and cafes that are no longer in existence. There may be some sections where the paths are narrow. All routes are to be walked in accordance with strict government guidance on social distancing.

Walking Festival Co-ordinator Marion Farrell from Groundwork, said:

“Do download a leaflet from our website and get out and enjoy a local walk this September in beautiful Derbyshire. Walking is a great way to lighten your mood and get fitter.” .

The festival is jointly organised by Erewash Borough Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council, several parish councils, community groups and Groundwork.


For further information about this project please contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork Tel. 07801 122 494 or  Please take a look at the website also 


‘Autumn Footprints’ is the annual autumn walking festival, held in the Derbyshire boroughs of Amber Valley and Erewash. A partnership between Groundwork, Amber Valley Borough Council, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council. ‘Autumn Footprints’ provides a varied programme of walking activities. Both boroughs have extensive ranges of countryside walks leaflets, created in partnership with Groundwork.



Tel: 07801 122 494 – Marion Farrell, Walk Festival Co-ordinator

Amber Valley Borough Council:

Tel: 01773 841 485

Erewash Borough Council:

Tel: 0115 907 22 44

Derbyshire County Council – Shipley Country Park:

Tel 01773 533 991


Notes to Editor


1.     Groundwork Greater Nottingham is part of a federation of 20 local Trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland each working with their partners in deprived areas to improve the quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the success of local businesses. It works on community regeneration projects in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Groundwork has offices at Amber Valley Borough Council, Town Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3BT, telephone 07801 122 494