Ramblers urged to step out National Trust walks

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THIS AUTUMN, in partnership with PruHealth, the National Trust is launching the Great British Walk - a celebration of the beautiful British countryside.

From September there will be more than 3,000 walking events, activities and trails to discover at National Trust places all the way through to the end of half term on November 4.

The Trust is also launching a nationwide search to find the country’s ten Greatest British Walks. Walkers from around the country are being encouraged to upload information about their favourite walk to the Great British Walk website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk.

By submitting details of their favourite walk, they will get the chance to win a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage and have their walk scrutinised by a panel of judges as they decide the ten best walks.

Here in Derbyshire, the Trust cares for almost 150 miles of walkways. Free guides to some of the county’s most spectacular walks, taking in the history of Hardwick Hall, the magnificent views of the Peak District and the ancient woodland of Calke Abbey, are available to download at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsautumn.

“Walking means different things to different people,” said Beccy Speight, National Trust, Director for the Midlands.

“For me, walking is about experiencing great landscapes by becoming part of them, about finding the space to think; for others it’s about exploring our great outdoor spaces, getting fit, sharing precious time with family and friends or escaping the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

“We have some spectacular outdoor spaces here in Derbyshire; what better time to enjoy them than the season of crunching leaves, magnificent colours and steaming bowls of hearty soup.”

National Trust places across Derbyshire will be hosting a series of special walks to mark this year’s festival, from health walks to wildlife rambles, walks that will take visitors back in time and family walks. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsautumn to find details of all events.

And, if the wet weather continues/returns, why not take a stroll around some of the county’s extraordinary indoor spaces: take a turn in the long galleries at Sudbury Hall and Hardwick Hall, revisit your childhood at the National Trust Museum of Childhood, or enjoy some locally produced autumn food at Calke Abbey.