North East Derbyshire Walking Groups

Walking with a group is a great way to be more active, improve your health and meet new people so why not give it a go? We have a number of groups across the district, part of a county wide initiative to get the nation walking!

Join a walking group near you!

Being outdoors in the fresh air is great for both physical and mental health, and being part of a group can help you feel connected with others. You can check out our timetable to find a walk that’s near you!

All of our walks are free, and are led by trained volunteers. The groups are friendly, and always ready to welcome new members!

There is no expectation that you have to walk every week. You don’t need expensive equipment or clothing, although good footwear is recommended.

View the walking group timetable (.pdf | 599kb).

Walk Moor – get out walking on the Eastern Moors!

In partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council and The Eastern Moor Partnership, we have put together a fantastic programme of walks across the Eastern Moors led by our wonderful Walk Leaders.

These walks are all in a moorland environment so you can expect great views and wide open spaces. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore new areas on the moors, get more exercise and meet new people. If you get into the habit of joining in with this programme throughout the year you may come across ground nestling birds in the spring, purple heather in late summer and the deer rut in the autumn.

Walks are typically between 2.5 and 3.5 miles long and should take around ninety minutes.  We also have few walks within the program that are longer in length, hillier and rockier, labelled Walk Moor Plus.

Booking is optional, if you would like to be notified of any changes before the day. To reserve your place please contact Helen Milton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01629 761194. Alternatively you can just meet the group on the day.

For more information you can check out our Walk Moor Programme (.pdf | 2.67mb).

Love Exploring

The Love Exploring App is available to use in Clay Cross and uses the magic of Augmented Reality to turn your family walks into an adventure. The app is FREE, although not all phones are compatible with the App yet unfortunately, please download the App before visiting the parks to avoid disappointment. If you have used the app before it’s important to update the app before trying out new games. Tablets and iPads can be used if they have GPS connection. Currently we have three games to play on both Kenning Park and Sharley Park.  Use the app to play our Dinosaur Safari, Space Walk or Tree Fairy trails. Or why not try out them all! We would love it if you post your photos with the characters you find to the Clay Cross Healthy Futures Group Facebook page so that we can see when you have been out enjoying the trails.

We are also excited to launch the new Mini Beast trail in both Kenning Park and Sharley Park this summer. To celebrate the launch of the new trail we are hosting an afternoon full of fun on Kenning Park on Tuesday 2nd August.  For more information take a look out our Love Exploring Mini Beast flyer (.pdf | 13.7mb)!

We will also be hosting another fun family event between 10am and 2pm on Sharley Park on Wednesday 31st August. Watch this space to find out the theme for this event.

We are looking for new Walk Leaders!

North East Derbyshire is seeking volunteers to lead/assist with their walking groups across the District.

As a volunteer walk leader, you will be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get. You will have access to Walk Derbyshire resources to help fulfil your role, opportunity to discover more of your local area and spend time in the outdoors as well as the opportunity to be more physically active yourself.

What skills do I need?

The main skill we need from our volunteer walk leaders is an enthusiasm for walking and its benefits!  You don't need any particular experience, but we love our leaders to be friendly and welcoming, with good communication skills; reliable, punctual and well organised; confident at speaking in front of small groups; able to take control and be assertive when needed and observant and sensitive to the needs of others. You will also be required to take attendance registers and carry out risk assessments.

What support will you receive?

Full training accredited by Sports Leaders UK through Walk Derbyshire. Induction and ongoing support and guidance from your scheme coordinator.

If you would like further information on joining a walk, or becoming a Walk Leader, please get in contact:

Debbie Saint – 07773201033 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In line with the new government guidance released on the 1st April 2022 our walking groups no longer have any formal coronavirus measures in place. However we encourage our Walk Leaders and Walkers to let fresh air in if possible when meeting indoors, continue to practice good hand hygiene and consider wearing a face mask in crowded or enclosed spaces