Tickets for the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival have gone on sale today (6 April) – giving residents and visitors something to look forward to this summer.
The Walking Festival is an annual event that this year will be running from 26 June – 4 July and features more than thirty walks around Chesterfield. There are walks for all ages and abilities, and there are also themed walks that explore the area’s history and heritage.
Last year’s event was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. To make sure the 2021 festival can be delivered safely, ticket numbers will be reduced for each walk and booking is essential. There are also some great self-led walks available on the Visit Chesterfield website.
The festival is jointly organised by Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service.
Ian Waller, Chesterfield Borough Council’s service director – leisure, culture and community wellbeing, said: “The walking festival is a very popular event and attracts lots of people to explore our borough and the surrounding area. Whilst it was disappointing that due to COVID-19 we had to cancel last year’s activities our team has been working very hard to ensure we can deliver this event safely in 2021.
“I hope that all the available spaces will be booked as this is a fantastic event and something that we can all look forward to after an exceptionally difficult year.”
Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include: Boat and Boots, which is a walk along the Chesterfield Canal with a return journey on a canal barge; Chesterfield's Black and White Buildings, which is a circular walk around the town centre looking at its architectural history; the Great Big Bumblebee Safari, a walk around Eastwood Park learning more about the secret lives of bees; and the South Chesterfield Way, a walk from the heart of Chesterfield to Clay Cross following the Hipper Valley.
A lot of the walks are free of charge but there are a few which have a small cost to book.
Organisers are constantly assessing the latest COVID-19 restrictions and will ensure the event complies with these. Anyone attending is expected to follow the latest Government guidance.
Find out more about the walks available this year and book tickets by visiting the Chesterfield Walking Festival website.
Please note, to ensure the event can be delivered safely, anyone who tries to attend a walk without booking will be asked to leave.