Shipley Venue Information

Joining Instructions for INWA Instructor courses at Shipley Country Park 


The course begins at 09.00 and finishes at 17.00 with a break for lunch around 12:30 on both days.  You are welcome to arrive a little before 09.00 to settle into the venue.


Finding the venue  
Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre 
Slack Lane 
DE75 7GX 

Please note that there is a charge for parking (£7 for a full day) that can be paid by cash or card. 


Training Room 

We will be based in the ‘Green Room’ in the visitor centre. The course is held equally in doors and out - so ensure you prepare for the weather! 


Refreshments & Lunch 

Please note lunch is not provided.  Please bring all your food for the day.  There are facilities to make hot drinks.  The nearest supermarket is a mile away in Heanor. Shipley Park Visitor Centre has a small cafe with excellent quality and value food - but can sometimes be slow! 

Local Accommodation.   


Premier Inn, Ripley, Derbyshire 

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The Lion Hotel, Belper 

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The Talbot Inn, Belper 

Armando's Restaurant at The Talbot Hotel, Belper | Restaurant, Hotel and Bar 

Holiday Inn, Long Eaton 

Novohotel, Long Eaton 

Best Western, Long Eaton 

Risley Hall Hotel, Risley 

Durham Ox, Ilkeston 

Hogshead hotel 

Home - Hogs Head Hotel Nottingham 



Hayes Wood Lodge 



Meadow View Glamping 


Airbnb: There are limited options for Airbnb.  Many are on the outskirts of Nottingham and Derby, plus one in Kilburn and one in Newthorpe. 



What to bring 

  • An INWA manual and course paperwork will be provided on the course. 
  • Nordic Walking poles if you have your own.  If you would like to borrow poles, please ensure that you have given details of your height on the booking form at least 4 days beforehand so that the poles can be prepared thoroughly before the course. 
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear (trainers or walking shoes are preferable to walking boots).  We will spend a good few hours a day outdoors, whatever the weather, so make sure you bring full waterproofs/sun cream, etc.  
  • In winter, the park can become muddy.  The tutor will try to avoid the muddy areas; however, we recommend bringing a second pair of shoes, just in case 



 Catherine Hughes is your tutor for the course. 

The INWA course assessment will take place on the afternoon of day two; so, you may wish to plan to set aside time do some preparation on the evening of the first day. 


If you have any questions, please contact the  office via phone 01332 504949 or email We'd love to help you on your journey! 

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