Derbyshire Dales walking festival returns for second year

Photo: Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Dales Community Walking Festival is back for a second year this autumn with free volunteer-led walks for all.

Seventeen walks have been mapped out in a festival organised by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with local Ramblers, U3A groups and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

A variety of distances and locations mean there is something for everyone, from fully-accessible walks and dementia-friendly walks to heritage and wellbeing walks.

The Derbyshire Dales Walking Festival takes place from September 25 to October 1, and starting points include Wirksworth, Ashbourne, Darley Bridge, Dovedale, Foolow, Hathersage, Cromford, Matlock, Chatsworth and Bakewell, with forays just over the Dales border into Ilam.

Helen Milton, Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Health Walks Coordinator, said: “All the walks are free, led by experienced volunteer walk leaders, and range in distance from just over one mile for the shortest walk, to 11 miles.

“There is something for everyone, with walks aimed at families, heritage lovers, and those with greater accessibility needs. But the emphasis is on getting out and meeting friends old and new.”

Details on the various walks can be found here. Bookings can be made by following this link.