Autumn Footprints 2020 - The Virtual Festival
w/e 20 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 Sawley River and Canal Walk (2010)

 This walk was led by the Sawley Walking For Health Group and was extended from their usual three mile route to over four miles for the Autumn Footprints Festival but with an opportunity to cut it short at the half way point. About sixty walkers started the walk and most of them completed the extended length.


Although both Amber Valley and Erewash Council areas, which is where the Festival is held, are both in Derbyshire, this walk did briefly stray over the border into neighbouring Leicestershire as it left Sawley and headed towards the Marina.
Sawley Cut

The reason for the excursion over the border was to cross the bridge of the River Trent to access the towpath of the Sawley Cut which bypasses a section of the river. This view from 2010 is likely to change in the not too distant future as the Ratcliffe On Soar Power Station is to be decommissioned and the site redeveloped.
Sawley Lock

After passing Sawley marina on the opposite bank of the canal the towpath soon reaches the Sawley Lock gates where the canal rejoins the River Trent. The bridge centre left of the picture carries a railway line over both the canal and the river and there is also a footbridge alongside over the river for pedestrians.

This is the view back from the footbridge over the pontoons on the river with the canal now on the left as we crossed back into Derbyshire.
Golf Centre

Turning right and under the railway line the path now continues along the north side of the river with the Trent Lock Golf Centre on the left.
Riverside Path

The walk now follows the river for about a mile to Trent Lock.
Trent Lock

At Trent Lock the stream of walkers crossed another bridge over the Erewash Canal.
Erewash Canal

And the next mile was along the towpath at the side of the Erewash Canal seen here near the start of the canal at Trent Lock.
Tamworth Road Bridge

After an almost straight run of that mile the canal turns under the Tamworth Road bridge to continue northwards through Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Ilkeston and on to Langley Mill.

Single Swan

But it was here that watched by a single swan, we left the canal at Tamworth Road and doubled back over the bridge to follow the road for another mile all the way back to Sawley where the walk had started.
Route Map.
The Virtual Festival continues with a look back to some previous Festivals.
Forward to Autumn Footprints 2020 - Walking The Northern Fields Of Amber Valley (2015)

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