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The Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group

Registered Charity Number 1166940

The Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival, Autumn Footprints, will include five of our walks in September 2017, led by the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group. Booking is recommended for all the walks and essential for some. You can just turn up if you prefer or have not made a reservation, but we cannot guarantee being able to take you if you do not book in advance.

Tuesday 12th September: Walk from Pentrich Village.

Length & Grading: 5 miles, Moderate.  

This walk follows in the footsteps of the rebels in 1817, passing places where the Rising was planned and where rebels visited on their march towards Nottingham. The route also takes in a mix of historical interest and great views of the Amber Valley. The walk includes four high stiles, steep steps to join the canal and a mix of footpath and road walking. (6 stiles). Parking on Asherfields Lane or in The Dog car park if intending to be a customer (The Dog - Tel. 01773 513360).

Starting Point: The Dog Inn, Main Road, Pentrich DE5 3RE. Grid Ref: SK 390 525. Start Time: 10am. Finish: 1pm.

Thursday 14th September: Walk from Ripley   Length & Grading: 4 miles, Easy/Moderate.

This walk follows in the footsteps of the rebels in 1817, passing places where the Rising was planned and where rebels visited on the march to Nottingham. This is mainly an urban walk on pavements and several paths (two hills and two sections of unpaved track). The walk includes a long hill down to Butterley and back to Ripley. (No stiles).

Starting Point: Outside Town Hall Entrance, Ripley Market Place DE5 3BT. Grid Ref: SK 399 505. Start Time: 10am. Finish: 1pm.        

Saturday 16th September: Walk from Alfreton.  

Length & Grading: 3 miles, Easy.

This walk follows in the footsteps of the rebels in 1817, visiting places associated with the Rising. The walk combines an urban walk on pavements, taking us into Alfreton’s historic centre, and along paths in Alfreton Park. (No stiles). On road parking is possible in the streets behind the Library/Masonic Hall.

Starting Point: Abraham Lincoln Library/Masonic Hall, Derby Road, Alfreton DE55 7AU. Grid Ref: SK 407 551. Start Time: 2pm. Finish: 3.30pm.

Wednesday 20th September: Walk from South Wingfield.  

Length & Grading: 5 miles, Moderate.

Walking in the footsteps of the rebels in 1817, we will pass places where they lived and worked, and visited as they collected men and weapons. The route also offers some good views of the Amber Valley. The walk follows footpaths across fields and bridleways. (1-5 stiles). Parking on roadside in the village.

Starting Point: Old Yew Tree Inn, Manor Road, South Wingfield DE55 7NH. Grid Ref: SK 374 551. Start Time: 1pm. Finish: 4pm.

Sunday 24th September. Heage and Lower Hartshay.

Length & Grading: 6 miles. Moderate.  

The walk follows in the footsteps of the rebels in 1817 and visits historic sites from the time, Heage Windmill, Morley Park Ironworks and the Cromford Canal, with views across the Amber Valley. The route crosses fields, follows the old canal and is along roads through Heage itself. A number of stiles are crossed and the path descends quite steeply between Heage and Sawmills. (10-15 stiles). Parking on the road in Lower Hartshay (NOT in the small pub car park).

Starting Point: The George Inn, 56, Main Road, Lower Hartshay, Ripley DE5 3RP. Grid Ref: SK 380 515. Start Time: 10am. Finish: 1pm.

The Autumn Footprints Festival, from Saturday 9th to Sunday 24th September 2017, offers a great choice of 43 free guided walks. Sixteen days of enjoyable walks and informative talks with something for everyone of all abilities.   

Set in picturesque Derbyshire, The Autumn Footprints Walking Festival takes place in an area known for its natural beauty and superb scenery. Popular with both novice and experienced 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 recommended for all the walks and essential for some. We cannot guarantee being able to take you if you do not book in advance. Please contact Shipley Country Park on 01629 533991 for bookings and further information unless stated otherwise.

You can download the full Walking Festival programme by going to the website http://www.autumnfootprints.co.uk/autumn-footprints.aspx