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Take part and celebrate a decade of the walking festival

People are encouraged to put on their walking boots to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival.

The popular annual festival takes place from Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 May with 57 walks ranging from one to 34 miles.

There are walks suitable for families such as 'mucky hands and muddy boots', exploring the Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve and the Queen’s park buggy walk and story time.

Walkers can take in some history as they meander through the industrial heritage of the area, look at art and sculpture on the Archaeological Way or A Taste of the Vine., a 17 mile walk from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre to Renishaw Hall Vineyard, including a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting

Ten is the feature word this year, with ten mile walks on every day of the Festival including ‘All the Tens’, a ten mile walk on Tuesday 10 May, leaving at 10am from Number 10 the Tea Rooms in Chesterfield.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy said: “Chesterfield Area Walking Festival is a popular event in the calendar and there is a series of great walks to join in for the tenth anniversary of the festival.

“All walks are led by a fully trained guide who knows the history, wildlife and the best countryside to walk through the Derbyshire landscape. Most of the walks are also free, so there’s no excuse not to join in.”

The festival is organised and delivered by Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council together with local walking groups throughout the area.

To book a place on a walk, book online: Chesterfield Area Walking Festival website.

You can also call into Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre in Rykneld Square or ring 01246 345777 or 345778.

First published on 07 April 2016 Last updated on 12 May 2017