Blog - Alnmouth Beach Nordic Walk
Sun 12th June 2016
Oh dear the weather forecast was not great but everyone arrived early, poles handed out and warm up took place on the sand. As always I introduced my volunteers Laura and Ruth. Martin, who was taking photos and some video footage.
I explained that some members of the group had asked if we could walk quicker and that I would be at the front and Laura and Ruth would be at the back and in the middle. I reminded everyone of the technique and off we headed.
A flat beach walk is great to check how good your technique is, the less drag the better. We noticed that a couple of the group were dragging their poles. I will analyse the video footage and work on technique with people.
We headed towards Boulmer and the group quickly found their own pace.
We got to an area of rocks which we all negotiated without falling, although as usual I nearly went over. Next up was an area of very smelly seaweed. It was not pleasant. This led to a detour (yes I know it wouldn't be a Julie walk without a detour).
John was telling everyone at the front which birds we could see these included sandwich terns (which were great to watch diving into the sea), heron, black headed gull, pied wagtails, shelduck, sand martin, female eider duck. We also saw pyramidal orchid, bloody cranesbill and crosswort..
We got to Boulmer (2.5 miles) and stopped for everyone to catch up. Carol decided to be the one to draw in the sand, a heart with Nordic Nuts and the date.
I explained to everyone that the route was changing and we would be taking in some of the Coastal Challenge route.
We came off the beach and walked along passing a few smaller groups. One of the groups stopped to talk to the people at the back and asked if we were the Nordic Nuts? Famous!!!
We dropped back on the beach and headed back to the cars again we were well stretched out.
Poles returned we headed up to the Village Teashop in Alnmouth, where we just about took over the two rooms. Fantastic service, sandwiches (especially the crab), scones and cake. Highly recommended.
Thank you to everyone for making this yet another fully booked and enjoyable walk. My thanks as always to Laura, Ruth and Martin for their help.
See you all very soon, I hope.