Autumn Footprints 2015 - Week One
w/e 20 September 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

This year's annual Walking Festival in Amber Valley and Erewash was launched at the Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre on Saturday 12th September by the respective Mayors of the two Councils and in the presence of representatives of the many groups who were contributing to the event by leading the guided walks over the following sixteen days plus members of the general pubic who had turned up for the opening walk.

Opening Walk

After photos of the Civic Party both inside and outside the Centre and the presentation of commemorative badges to the walk leaders, a group set off on a dull and showery morning for a three mile walk around the park where there were other photo opportunities along the way particularly at the Mapperley Reservoir.
Click this link for more photos plus a route map of the opening walk.


Trent LockCanal BoatOn the Monday of the first week of the Festival I joined Long Eaton Ramblers at Trent Lock (left) for a walk to the Attenborough Nature Reserve (above). In previous years the Festival has usually enjoyed fine autumnal weather but this Monday was a grey day with leaden skies and rain at the start and end of the walk. The most colourful part of the walk was provided by flowers on the narrow boats (right).
Chilwell Explosion

The title of the walk was "Homage to the Canary Girls" and en route called in the churchyard at Attenborough Church to view the memorials and the graves of some of the unnamed victims of the explosion at the Chilwell Shell Filling Factory on July 1st 1918 which killed 139 workers.
Click this link for more photos plus a route map of the Attenborough walk.
Crich Walk

Tuesday was a much brighter day although there was the odd shower whilst out walking "North of Crich" with the Heanor and District Local History Society.


We stopped for a break in the walk at a delightful spot north of the hamlet of Wheatcroft near Lindway Springs and basked in the warm September sunshine whilst eating a picnic lunch.
View From Wood Lane

Both on the way to Lindway Springs and back again to Crich we were treated to some splendid views over the surrounding countryside. It is said that at one time seven counties were visible from the high ground around Crich. Boundary changes may mean that this is no longer true but on a clear day it is possible to see the Cathedral at Lincoln.
Click this link for more photos plus a route map of the Crich walk.
Risley Farmland

There were more pleasant views to be enjoyed on Wednesday this time between Risley and Hopwell with the Risley Conservation Group. Rain was forecast to arrive just after lunch and it was touch and go whether the walk would end before it arrived. In the event the rain didn't reach this part of the world so we completed the walk in almost perfect walking conditions.
On The Midshires Way

For part of this "Risley Heritage Walk" we followed the long distance footpath known as the Midshires Way.
Click this link for more photos plus a route map of the Risley walk.
Shaw Wood

I had a "rest day" on Thursday but on Friday I travelled north to join the Amber Valley Ramblers for their "Alfreton Park" walk, much of which was in Shaw Wood. A fine day with sunshine providing dappled light through the trees.
Towards Openwoodgate

The walk passed through Openwoodgate and returned to Alfreton over field paths and although the skies in front had only fine weather cloud, the view back to Openwoodgate showed impending rain cloud approaching. Fortunately the rain held off until the end of the walk.
Click this link for more photos plus a route map of the Alfreton walk.
By The Trent

Saturday was a return to summer with a blazing sun bearing down on us as we made our way to Shardlow. This time I had joined the Long Eaton Ramblers again at Trent Lock but this walk was in the opposite direction by the River Trent to their Monday walk on that grey day at Attenborough.
Shardlow Heritage Centre

We lunched outside the Heritage Centre in Shardlow before returning to Trent Lock via the Trent and Mersey Canal (a route we have followed earlier this year in the Village Trail series on this website). From the mouth of the Derwent we continued along the River Trent, Sawley Cut past the Marina where we had earlier called on the way to Shardlow before retuning to the Trent path back to our starting point.
Click this link for more photos plus a route map of the Shardlow walk.

At the end of the first week of the Autumn Footprints Festival I had walked about 35 miles and with more walks booked for the second week will hopefully cover approximately the same distance.
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