Tickets are now available for this year’s Chesterfield Area Walking Festival and there are lots of exciting new routes to explore in 2020.
The festival takes place from Saturday 9 May to Sunday 17 May with more than 50 different walks across north Derbyshire planned.
Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We are very proud to be helping deliver this year’s Chesterfield Area Walking Festival, there are plenty of new routes planned and I can’t wait to get out there and start exploring.
“The Walking Festival is one of the highlights of the year and we know lots of residents and visitors enjoy it. The festival is also a great way to highlight the area’s history, environment and cultural landmarks.”
Take a boat trip along the canal before returning on foot, discover the history of the town, learn more about George Stephenson’s connections here or simply get out and explore nature.
For those feeling braver, you can take on the 34-mile Chesterfield Round Walk, a demanding hike that will have you trekking around the town.
Families will not be disappointed with the variety of walks designed for children with some innovative activities that will make sure the walk is fun for all ages.
This year there are also a series of special walks for elderly and disabled residents, including a dementia friendly walk, a Macmillan Move More Walk and a family walk designed for all.
Councillor Sarvent, continued: “Most walks are free, but booking is essential. Some of the walks will book up very fast, so pick your walks carefully and be quick to secure your place.”
The festival is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service and local walking organisations. It is funded by Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council.
You can book tickets for the Walking Festival by visiting the event website www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk or by calling in to the Visitor Information Centre in Rykneld Square, opposite the Crooked Spire Church.