Sunday, 9 September 2012
At this time of year, various areas hold their own walking festivals, some of them with quite intriguing themes.
Over this weekend, the Yorkshire Dales played host to the `Boots and Beer Walking Festival` (www.blacksheepbrewery.com/bootsnbeer) .
On a more literary note, Richmond will be playing host to `Books and Boots` aka the `Richmond Walking and Book Festival` later this month (www.booksandboots.org).
For film buffs, London`s `Films on Foot Festival` takes place next month, which co-incides with the BFI London Film Festival and will take in almost 400 film locations with numerous related pub trips, apparently (www.innerlondonramblers.org.uk/filmsonfoot.
For details of these events and others, click here ; http://walkmag.co.uk/category/news/events .
Turning to events in my neck of the woods, we come to `Autumn Footprints` aka `The 10th Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival` (www.gdd.org.uk). These are a series of walks in various locations around the region, catering for most levels of ability. Many of the walks have a local history theme, thus a walk in Pentrich is billed as `Romans and Revolutionaries`, and in West Hallam local historian Roger Wood will be leading a walk headed `Nutbrook Canal and Horse-Drawn Tramways`. Participating organisations include Erewash Ramblers, Amber Valley Ramblers, Ilkeston and District Local History Society, Derbyshire Archaeological Society, Holbrook Parish Council, Breaston Parish Council, and various Walking for Health groups.
If for any reason the walks in the festival are unsuitable for you, don`t despair as Nottingham Ramblers are also putting on a number of walks in the area during Sept and Oct. For details, click here ; http://www.nottinghamramblers.org.uk/Walks_Prog.html .
Happy walking !