A Walking for Health programme in partnership with North East Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales District Councils.
Starting in March 2019, we are excited to announce the launch of a new regular programme of short walks on the Eastern Moors.
First Thursday of every month from March to November, meeting at 10am for a 10.30am start
The Walk Moor programme is open to anyone who would like to explore new areas on the moors, get more excerice and meet new people including volunteers who know the Eastern and Burbage Moors well.
All walks are between 2.5 and 3.5 miles long and aim to take around 90 minutes, and will be led by a qualified Walking for Health walks leader. To join the group, all you need to do is turn up on the day. If this is your first time joining a Walking for Health group, please arrive in time to complete a registration form before we set off.
These walks are all in a moorland environment, so you can expect great views and wide open spaces. If you get into the habit of walking with us, you’ll experience the Eastern Moors throughout the year and take in the seasonal spectacles, including the ground nesting birds in the spring, purple heather in late summer and the deer rut in the autumn. You may see (or hear) some interesting wildlife and some of our walks will visit ancient sites.
Please be aware that these moorland walks are likely to cross uneven and sometimes rocky ground and will include some uphill walking. The paths can be wet and muddy, particularly in spring and autumn, and we may encounter some of the animals who graze the moors. Access to paths is usually through gates - we’ll tell you about any stiles in the description of each walk.
The weather on the moors can be different to that in local towns so it’s a good idea to go prepared:
- Wear a waterproof jacket and some warmer layers of clothes. Wearing long trousers will protect your legs from brambles and ticks.
- Wear waterproof shoes with a good grip and ankle support, such as hiking boots, are necessary to protect you on uneven ground
- Wear hat and gloves in spring and autumn, and a sunhat and sunscreen in summer.
- Carry some water.
- Bring walking poles (if you have them).