Autumn Footprints 2020 - The Virtual Festival
w/e 13 September 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Go Walking- follow the Leaflet!
This year Covid-19 has put a stop to the usual annual Autumn Footprints. Normally this would consist of a range of guided walks led by local knowledgeable volunteers over sixteen days in September. However with Covid-19 restrictions this has had to be revised and there will be no led/guided walks. Instead some previously produced walk leaflets have been collected together onto the website to be enjoyed in family/friends groups – obviously observing strict social distancing guidance. Log onto to download the leaflets from the homepage.
Please note the leaflets have been produced over the last 20 years. Therefore, it may be that there are some public houses and cafes that are no longer in existence. There may be some sections where the paths are narrow. All routes are to be walked in accordance with strict government guidance on social distancing.

See also the Special Features section of this site for various Country, Family, Town and City Walks, Village Trails, Walking for Health routes and other Miscellaneous Walks.
Below are a few images from a previous Autumn Footprints Festival

The Morley Heritage Walk (2009)

 I think I first became aware of Autumn Footprints in 2007 when I was a member of the Monday Strollers Walking for Health group. I remember meeting up on the car park of The Carpenter's Arms pub in Dale Abbey one Sunday afternoon for a pleasant walk around the village but I must have registered an interest as I have been on the mailing list ever since. The first year I fully engaged with the Festival was 2008 and one of the first walks was the four mile route Morley Heritage Walk. The following year the route was repeated and these images all come from that walk.

Golf Course

We met at Morley Hayes Hotel, Restaurant and Golf Course and walked along the drive to Main Road.


Turning left and foolowing Main Road for a little way we then carefully crossed the busy road to follow a farm track to Moor Farm (aka Morleymoor Farm) watched by some inquisitive cattle in the field next to the ltrack.
Moor Farm

At the farm we turned left to follow another track to Brickkiln Lane. The track runs parallel to where excavations have shown that the Roman Road running north from Derby was situated.

Crossing the lane the route now follows a footpath by the side of the former Brick Works and over farmland with the distant buildings of another farm, Morley House Farm clearly in view.

There was then a short detour into Morley Almshouses Lane to see the homes that were built at the behest of Jacinth Sacheverell sometime after 1656.
Morley Almshouses Lane

We then returned along Morley Almshouses Lane to follow more footpaths across Morley Moor for about a mile and a half, eventually passing close to the infamous Morley Mound and Morley House Farm before re-crossing Main Road.
St Matthew's Church

More footpaths led behind the properties on Church Lane before coming out opposite St Matthew's Church where if memory serves me correctly, the church was open, refreshments were served and there was also the opportunity to view the Grade II* listed Bateman family mausoleum in the churchyard..
Grassy Path

The final mile from the church back to Morley Hayes is along more grassy paths and dusty farm tracks crossing more farmland.

The route passes the Victorian Water Tower on the way and there are some lovely views over the surrounding countryside on the way.
Yellow Topped Posts

The route concludes by crossing the golf course following a line designated by yellow topped posts to return down the drive to the car park at Morley Hayes Hotel.
Route Map.

There's a more detailed look at some of the places mentioned on this walk in the Morley Village Trail.

The Virtual Festival continues with a look back to some previous Festivals.
Forward to Autumn Footprints 2020 - Sawley River & Canal Walk (2010)

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