Best foot forward for local walking festival

NRHNBE110910a1, Launch of the autumn footprints Amber valley and erewash walking festival with the mayors of Amber valley cllr Ron Ashton  and the mayor of erewash cllr Kevin Miller.

NRHNBE110910a1, Launch of the autumn footprints Amber valley and erewash walking festival with the mayors of Amber valley cllr Ron Ashton and the mayor of erewash cllr Kevin Miller.

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THE MAYORS of Erewash and Amber Valley pulled on their walking boots on Saturday and launched this year’s Autumn Footprints walking festival.

The event which runs for 16 days includes a programme of walks around some of Erewash and Amber Valley’s hidden gems and beauty spots.

Marion Farell is from Groundwork Derbyshire and is one of the festival co-ordinators.

She said: “The idea behind the festival is not only to get local people to appreciate the countryside on their doorstep but also to show visitors that you don’t have to go to the Peak District for beautiful countryside.”

For a list of all the walks go to www.gdd.org.uk or pick up a leaflet from the Shipley Country Park visitors’ centre.