29th July – New Walks Added

Details have just been added for all walks up to and including Tuesday 17th August.

29th July – Walk Lists

It’s now the intention to use this web site to advertise upcoming walks instead of producing a list for distribution by email every 3 months. Please check the 2021 Walks Programme for details and bookmark it in your browsers.

17th July – Walk Cancelled

In what must surely be a Footloose first, tomorrow’s planned walk has been cancelled due to the weather being too darn hot!

26th June – Sponsored Walk

Footloose members are invited to take part in a sponsored walk for charity:

Hello Footloose Hikers,

Take part in the ARUK Explorer for World Alzheimer’s Month this September

My name is Naomi and I’m the local fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research UK. I wanted to get in touch, as Alzheimer’s Research UK are hosting our ARUK Explorer hike event this September. The event was sadly cancelled in 2020, but we are really looking forward to welcoming our team of participants this year and see them hike 26 miles in the Peak District on 25 September. The route starts in Bakewell along the Monsal Trail, Pennine Bridleway and High Peak Trail, finally crossing the finish line near Carsington Water.

As a local walking club, we’d love to invite your members to take part and offer a £10 discount code for members of your club. This makes registration £16 which includes your ARUK Explorer t shirt, medal, transport from the finish line back to the start, check points along route, and a very important hot meal and glass of fizz as you cross the finish line! You can find all information about the event here: 
ARUK Explorer – Peak | Alzheimer’s Research UK (alzheimersresearchuk.org) and can sign up using the discount code ‘summer10’.

As part of the event, we ask participants to raise £250 in sponsorship for Alzheimer’s Research UK, but our team are on hand to support you with this! I am sure many of your members will know someone living with dementia or have been directly affected by the disease with a loved one or a family member being diagnosed or sadly passed away. And of course there are so many people affected by dementia in the community of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. A quarter of all deaths from COVID-19 in England and Wales have been among people with dementia – and we need your help to get research back on track. 

If you are able to share this information with your members via email or social media, I would be so grateful. Anyone who would like more information about the event or Alzheimer’s Research UK can contact me at naomi.walters@alzheimersresearchuk.org. We are also looking for event volunteers, for anyone who would like to support the event in a different way!

17th May – Walks Resume

At long last, Footloose will resume organised walks with a Footloose Extra walk from Bonsall on Tuesday 18th May. Sunday walks will start on 23rd May, commencing with a Leicestershire route from Old Dalby.

17th May – New Members Welcome

With the resumption of organised walks, Footloose are pleased to announce that prospective new members are once again invited to come and join us on our walks. All we ask is that you contact us beforehand and take a look at our frequently asked questions page.

5th March – New Belper Walk

Your Webmaster has submitted a new walk to the Belper Walks website, taking in Black Brook and Handley Woods. This contains a couple of honourable mentions of Footloose with a link to our website. Hopefully this will generate interest from potential new members.

22nd February – Resumption of Walks?

The Prime Minister’s announcement on the path out of lockdown seems to offer the hope of walks being able to resume from 29th March at the earliest, assuming club walks once again fall into the category of organised sport. Watch this space!

1st February – Belper Walks

Whilst out on a local walk a few weeks ago, your webmaster and his wife were passed by a man who was filming as he walked. Later he caught up with us again (no idea where he went in the meantime!) and this time he stopped and told us what he was doing. He was filming a walk for the Belper Walks website, which promotes walks out of the town. Those of you who know us should take a look at the Blackbrook and Lumb walk – he passes us first quite quickly on Ashbourne Road, then slowly catches us up on the climb from Blackbrook towards Hazelwood. Look out for the bright red and grey jackets.

4th January 2021 – Happy New Year

Your Webmaster would like to wish all members a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping it’s better than the last one and we can resume normal service as soon as possible!

30th December – Walks Suspended Again

Due to the East Midlands being promoted to tier 4 restrictions, all walks have been suspended with effect from 31st December 2020.

2nd December – Walks Resume

The Footloose committee has reviewed the advice from the Ramblers Association, which is that Covid secure group walks can restart from Wednesday 2nd December for all tiers in England and they are exempt from the Rule of Six. This is consistent with the government wanting people to take exercise and stay healthy, so that they are in a good position to fight off the virus.

We are not allowed to travel into or out of a Tier 3 area, however the areas we walk in, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, are all Tier 3 and so we can theoretically walk in these areas.

The committee has therefore decided that we can start arranging walks from Sunday 6th December, if anyone is willing to put a walk on. It is felt that there may not be large numbers on the walks so we ask members attending to let the leader know so that they will not be making a wasted journey.

21st November – Vaughan’s Gallery

Our treasurer, Vaughan, has kindly supplied a selection of photographs taken on Footloose walks, weekends and holidays. Click here to take a look.

4th November – Walks Suspended Again

Due to the second lockdown imposed by the Government, all walks have been suspended from November 8th until further notice. You can still get out and enjoy the countryside with your household or in the (socially distanced) company of one other person.

21st August – Footloose Extra

The Footloose Extra programme will resume with a walk on Tuesday 15th September. Details will be sent by email to members who have registered their interest in Extra walks.

Because of Coronavirus it seems wiser to only have a maximum of 12 per walk.  This of course is if the leader is happy with that number.  Most members are on WhatsApp and this can be used as a method of letting a leader know that you wish to walk on a specific day.  For those not on WhatsApp, please text the leader by 6 pm at the latest the day before to check there is a space.  If having booked a place and then not being able to walk please let leader know ASAP.  Whether you travel to the venue alone, or not, is up to the individual. The tea and cake treat at the end of the walk is again up to members to decide.

14th August – Walking Resumes!

The Ramblers Association are now organising group walks of 30 people and local walking clubs have restarted organising walks. As we are affiliated to the Ramblers Association, your committee has decided that it is appropriate to re-open Footloose, with the first walk being on Sunday 16th August.

We are resuming with the following guidelines:

– We can have no more than 29 people, plus leader, on the walk. To exceed this number is highly unlikely but the leader must remove people if this is the case.

– The leader makes a note of the people on the walk and sends details to the secretary afterwards.

No lists will be produced but details of the next walk will be provided by email one week before the walk date. This means that walks can be stopped immediately if the local area is closed down or there is a second wave.

– Existing members only – no new members will be allowed to walk.

The following rules apply to each walker.

  1. Please do not go to a walk if you are feeling unwell or have any coronavirus symptoms.
  2. Lift sharing and public transport are high risk and not recommended.
  3. Bring your own food and drink as shops and cafes may not be open.
  4. Be prepared – in addition to your normal walking kit, always carry:
    a. A fully charged mobile (switched on)
    b. A first aid kit (your own is safer than using the walk leaders)
    c. Food and drink
    d. Gloves for hygiene
    e. Face covering in case of incidents (compulsory)
    f. Hand sanitiser that is a minimum of 60% alcohol (compulsory)
  5. During the walk follow the latest government guidelines on social contact and physical distancing.
  6. Avoid touching gates, stiles and seats where possible. Gloves can help with this and regularly use hand sanitiser during the walk.
  7. Do not share food, drink or equipment.
  8. Follow the instructions and guidance of the walk leader.
  9. Walk responsibly and follow the countryside code.
  10. Let the walk leader know if you are having any problems or are unwell. Make a note of the walk leaders mobile number before the walk in case you lose touch with the group.
  11. Enjoy your walk and remember to wash your hands afterwards.
  12. If you become unwell with coronavirus within 7 days after the walk, please inform the walk leader for contact tracing reasons.

12th May – Lake District Weekend Cancelled

The weekend away in the Lake District, planned for the start of July, has now been cancelled, as accommodation is unlikely to be open by then.

24th March – North Wales Weekend Cancelled

The weekend away in North Wales planned for early May has now been cancelled due to the ongoing health crisis. Hopefully it can be rearranged for a future year.

17th March – All Walks Cancelled

Due to Government advice following the Coronavirus outbreak, all walks are suspended from Sunday 22nd March until further notice.

29th February – Tea and Cakes

Footloose member Jo supplied this photograph of Footloose Extra walkers enjoying tea and cakes after their walk from Farnsfield a couple of weeks ago.

After walk refreshments

19th January – Walk Report

Eighteen people enjoyed a lovely walk on a sunny day through the gentle hills and dales of eastern Derbyshire. Starting from Risley, we headed north to the village of Stanton-by-Dale, then west to the hamlet of Dale, where we ate a picnic lunch next to the abbey ruins. A short visit to the Hermit’s cave preceded a coffee stop at the Cowshed, before a return via the bridleway to Hopwell Hall and Risley Park, site of the discovery of the Risley Park Lanx. Thanks to Peter for leading the walk, which provided some excellent views over to Nottingham and Leicestershire.

1st January 2020 – New Website

Happy New Year and welcome to our brand new website. Comments, contributions and suggestions are welcomed and can be sent directly to the webmaster.