Walks grading
How easy is this walk?

Walks are graded for difficulty as follows:

Easy Access

Walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections: please enquire.

Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Grades are provided as a general guide only: if you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance. You should also bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned. If you’re unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first: it’s much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.

What you need to know
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and have a waterproof, as the weather is often unpredictable. Unfortunately, an inadequately equipped person could affect the safety and enjoyment of the whole group, so we reserve the right not to take a person who is not properly equipped.

Dogs are allowed on some of the walks. To avoid inconvenience to other walkers or disturbance to farm animals or wildlife, please keep your dog on a lead and under control throughout the walk. There are some walks on which dogs are not permitted due to travelling through fields of cattle - see symbols against each walk.

Most walk leaders are volunteers.

Remember to bring along any medication you may need during the walk.

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. Telephone 01629 533991 unless stated otherwise.

All walks are circular unless stated.

In poor weather the walk may be modified by the leader, or in extreme conditions it may be cancelled.

On some walks a packed lunch is required, look for the symbol on each walk detail. It is always advisable to carry a drink. There may be a stop for lunch.

Young walkers 16 and below must be accompanied by an adult.

All those taking part do so at their own risk.

Cars should be parked sensibly and locked with no valuables on show.

Look for the pushchair or wheelchair symbols at the base of the walk details. Whilst many walks are not suitable for wheelchair or pushchair users, there are a number of suitable walks.

Walks will start promptly.

Times for the duration of the walk are an estimate and can vary according to conditions, interest shown and the numbers of walkers on the day.

Please be advised walkers may be taking photographs on any of the festival walks. They may be used for future publicity.
Please remember the Countryside Code
Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs

Leave gates and property as you find them

Protect plants and animals and take your litter home

Keep dogs under close control

Consider other people
Getting here and getting around
Public Transport

Leave the car behind and relax and enjoy the scenery using the extensive network of bus and rail services operating throughout Amber Valley and Erewash. Travelling by bus or train enables you to plan a linear walk - travelling one way by public transport and walking the other.

By Rail

Many parts of the country have direct rail services to Derby and Nottingham, providing connections to local train services. Alfreton and Langley Mill stations are served by trains from Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield. Long Eaton is served by frequent services from Derby and Nottingham.

Duffield, Belper, Ambergate, Whatstandwell stations are on the Derwent Valley Line with hourly trains from Derby, Long Eaton, Nottingham and Matlock. The Derwent Valley Line provides access to numerous scenic walks including the Cromford Canal between Ambergate, Whatstandwell and Cromford and The Chevin above Belper. For a copy of ‘your guide to the Derwent Valley Line’ which includes discount vouchers to local attractions visit www.scenicrailbritain.com/derwentvalleyline or call 03457 484950.

By Bus

Local bus services enable you to get around many of the Festival locations. For bus times call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

By Car

From the north and south, the M1 runs parallel to the eastern boundary with access at junctions 25, 26, 27 and 28. The A6 gives access to major trunk roads via the A52 and the area is crossed by the A38.
Why walk?
For health

Walking strengthens your heart, bones and muscles and helps to control your weight

For wealth

Walking is free and will enrich your life in many ways

For happiness

Walking improves your mood and improves mental well-being

For comfort

Go for a walk in your local park or wood and discover how nature can reduce stress and calm your mind

For joy

Walk with friends or join a walking group and discover just how much fun walking can be!