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Sat 15th October 2016

Pilgrims Way

Pilgrims Way

Group met up at The Barn At Beal with several taking advantage of a coffee.  After a discussion on the best thing to wear on ones feet we set of along the cycle way to the start of the causeway.

Walking along the causeway was not as frightening as it can be as there were only a few cars using it.  Having crossed the bridge over the South Low we stepped onto the sands.  Several members of the group took of boots and socks off to walk it bare foot.

This was one of the driest crossings Mike had made with just the odd shallow pool of water.
About half way across there is a very muddy section, Mike had been told that if he went more to the south of the posts it was less muddy and sure enough it was slimy but only not a clarty as trying to follow the posts.

Once round the muddy section we re-joined the line of the poles and reached the second refuge, with one brave soul climbing up for the sheer fun of it!  Even the stream that runs near the end of the posts had only an inch or two of water in it.

Having reached the island at Chare Ends we headed into the village of Holy Island for a quick coffee.  The group reassembled one hour later at Chare Ends.  From here we could see that the tide had turned as there was less sand exposed.

So without further ado we set off after four of the group decided to walk back via the causeway.  The first part couple of hundred yards was a lot wetter than the outward journey but it then sand must rise just enough for us to leave the watery bits behind and once more the walk back was relatively dry.

As we approached the bridge again over the South Low we could see a large mixed flock of swans swimming in the water and a solitary sea up out on the sands.  One of the group got quite close to the seal and took a photo.

By now the group who had walked the causeway joined us for the final walk uphill back to the Barn at Beal.

Sun 9th October 2016

Swarland Wood Nordic Walk

Swarland Wood Nordic Walk

This was one of our shorter walks but nonetheless still beautiful.

As is becoming the norm we had some new walkers to Nordic walking, Jo, Julie, Nazia and Zahed join us. 

Jo and Julie were taught the technique whilst Anne looked after everyone at the coffee shop.

Poles handed out, we gathered for a warm up.  I introduced myself and Anthony (my volunteer for the day) who was going to be back marker to make sure we didnít lose anyone.

We headed off along the road past the golf course to the start of Swarland Wood, group photo taken, we headed through the wood, there was a lot of chatter and laughter behind me. 

We were walking along a path when we came across a frog/toad (not sure which) and shouted to everyone to be careful they didnít stab it with their poles.

This was quite an uneventful walk until one of the group (I promised I wouldnít mention her name in the blog) spotted some white mushrooms growing on a tree and wondered if she could eat them, we all said we didnít know so it was best to leave them alone, she picked one to have a look but didnít eat it, we walked on and saw a fly agaric (or smurf house).

We got back to Nelsons at the Park, for our usual post walk snack.  The food was amazing, the chatter continued until everyone took their leave and went home.

Thank you Anthony for being an excellent back marker.

Our next Nordic walk is on Saturday 22nd October 2016 and is from Warkworth to Alnmouth, we will be stopping for lunch in Alnmouth before returning back to Warkworth.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Swarland Wood Nordic Walk and I hope to see you all very soon.

Julie x

Sun 2nd October 2016

Nordic Walk - Pauperhaugh

Nordic Walk - Pauperhaugh

Another Nordic Nuts walk this time in the home of Shepherds Walks, Rothbury.

Lots of chatter as always whilst I taught our new members to the group, Anthony, Sheila and Susan, the technique.  It was great to see some returning walkers as well as our regular walkers who took the opportunity to introduce themselves to each other.

The last of our group arrived and we did our warm up before setting off over the bridge to the beginning of the walk proper.  As always everyone was told to walk at their own pace.

We set off and the group soon settled into a comfortable pattern and there was yet more chatter. We got to the part of the walk which a couple of our group were dreading as when I had recced the walk there were some cows and calves in a field we had to walk through.  The worried members walked in the middle of the group, the cows werenít interested at all and we walked through the field with no incident.  We headed through a small woodland area and towards the beautiful Pauperhaugh Bridge.

Everyone soon found a place to sit and got out their packed lunches.  Zeenat had very kindly brought a sticky toffee fudge cake for everyone to share.  Carol and Sue decided to go for a plodge in the River Coquet whilst Anne, Claire and Catherine were watching the salmon jumping in the river.

Carol came to sat down and in true Carol style there was drama when she sat in some cowpat so she decided to wash her fleece in the river, cue the woman washing her clothes in the river jokes.

We packed up and headed up the road and passed a farm with a pond and geese in it.  Unfortunately we also saw a dog tied up on a very short chain which had everyone worried, Lesley decided to go and knock on the door and express her concern.  The farmer explained the situation to Lesley and we reluctantly left and joined the rest of the group.

We continued on our way and got back onto the old railway line and headed back towards Rothbury.
We were, as usual, very lucky with the weather for this walk and a great group of walkers.

After a stretch and cool down some of us headed to Tomlinsons Coffee Shop, a regular stop in Rothbury for coffee, where as always the noise level increased.  Ruth and Sharon, who are two of the broken Nordic Nuts volunteers (not broken during walks, I hasten to add), met us in Tomlinsons.  We like to make sure they are still part of the group even if they can't come on the walks.

Lots of warm cheese scones, cake, tea and coffee later everyone left and made their way home.

The next two Nordic walks are 8th October which is a short 4 mile walk in Swarland Wood and second is on 22nd October which is a longer 10 mile walk from Warkworth to Alnmouth (with a lunch stop in the middle).

Thank you to everyone for making this walk so enjoyable and also to Steve for being official photographer for this walk and not taking lots of photographs of people's bottoms when going over stiles.

I hope to see you all soon.

Julie x