Located just a few miles from the Peak District, one of Britain’s most visited national parks, the 2011 Derby Walking Festival runs from September 17 to October 15 as a part of the larger Peak District Walking Festival. The festival celebrates Derby's history and culture while promoting active lifestyles and the environmentally friendly mode of travel - walking. This year's festival has a light-hearted ghost theme for Halloween by offering "Ghost Walks" in both the City Centre and Friar Gate. There is also an opportunity to check out Derby's famous Royal Crown factory, which produces high-end china that is valued internationally.
To add variety to the walking routes, the Derby railway system will offer a walking tour, and perhaps most exciting for some, a guided tour of Derby’s churches and cathedrals ending with a 45-minute, 189-step tower climb will also be available on September 24th. Finally, a guided tour of the history and life of Joseph Wright, a Derby native who made art during the Industrial Revolution, will be offered on October 8th. All walking routes have been specially created to help both visitors and Derby residents appreciate the history and special culture of the area.
Most of the tours are only five pounds to participate in, so everyone should be able to take advantage of all the festival has to offer. The response to last year's festival was overwhelmingly positive, with participants reviewing it as well-organized, enlightening, and a unique experience. Exploring historic cities on foot can completely change the feel of a city, as the walker can see the little details and quirks that make Derby and other places like it so special. Should you decide to take in the city this way and need a hotel, check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Derby. If Derby's festival doesn't hit the spot, the Peak District Walking Festival offers routes over some of the most beautiful landscapes Britain has to offer. Either way, autumn is a great season to enjoy the places close to home and be a part of the larger community, which is exactly what the Derby Walking Festival has set out to accomplish.