Blog - Kirk Yetholm and Wideopen Hill Nordic Walk
Mon 16th May 2016
A long journey to the start of the walk at Kirk Yetholm for most of the Nordic Nuts.
As well as some regular Nuts we had a few who had only been on a couple of walks and a total newbie, welcome to the Nordic Nuts Louise.
Welcomes made and a round of introductions as requested by Carol.
Martin led the way at quite a pace whilst everyone else followed and whichever pace they were comfortable with.
First up was a bit of road (not our favourite surface) before we headed upwards towards Wideopen Hill. Lots of chatter, as always and Russell and Steve (the unofficial photographers) were snapping away. You have to be on your toes as you don't know what photographs they are taking.
We got to the bottom of the hill we were about to climb, this was the point of the walk that "Elbows" was to decide if he could carry on as he was carrying an injury - of course he did. Catherine, Carol and Marilyn asked if the top of the hill we could see was our destination. I had to disappoint them and said "no, you can't see the point we are going to".
Kirsten, Paul, Martin, Angela, Martyn and Chris started off at a good pace, meanwhile the rest of us made our way up at our own pace. I dropped to the back to encourage those who weren't able to go as fast, stopping "to admire the view" when they needed to.
The weather on the day was fantastic, bright sunshine and a very slight breeze. It is the first time I have been to the top of Wideopen Hill and there not be a strong wind.
We made it to the top of Wideopen Hill, the highest point of St Cuthbert's Way with no problems, although some of the stiles were challenging for our shorter Nuts!
At the top lots of photographs were taken to document the achievement of everyone and a well earned break for lunch, cue some light hearteded leg pulling by Russell with Marilyn who had brought a knife and fork. I told the group about the walks coming up and there was lots of interest in the Windy Gyle walk in June.
We headed back down the hill, no stopping this time although I am not sure how the nordic walking technique was when we were coming downhill as it is quite a skill. We got to the road again and then along the path beside the river walking past a couple of cows and their calves they kept their eye on us as we passed them.
We got back to Kirk Yetholm and the cars, when I checked my GPS watch it showed only 8.09 miles. Angela "Mrs Elbows" wasn't happy so she walked around the green in Kirk Yetholm until she got to 9 miles (as advertised), we all stretched and cooled down whilst she finished her 9 miles and then we all headed into the Border Hotel for some light refreshments in the garden.
I hope you all had a great day, I really enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
Thank you to Martin, Laura and Ruth for their help as the Nordic Nuts volunteers.