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Copper Snout and Clennel Street Nordic Walk

Copper Snout and Clennel Street Nordic Walk

Wed 24th June 2015

Sunday 21st June 2015

The forecast wasn’t great for the day ahead but we all met up ready and raring to go.  Discussions took place over how many and which layers we were going to wear as can be seen from the group photograph most of us looked as if we were dressed for the middle of winter (not the middle of June) as woolly hats, waterproofs and gloves were donned.  There were lots of familiar faces and a few new ones in the group. 

Introductions, a warm up and a description of the beginning of the walk was done and we set off.Martin, Kirsten and Paul set off at a cracking pace, mainly to get off the road and we walked in a neat single file to the first gate and hill.  I spotted a squashed adder on the road.  On reaching the gate a few layers were shed and the first complaint at the sign of a hill, I reminded the group of the Nordic walking technique for walking up a hill and off we went pass peth path.  I explained the route we were going to take from here and also the Nordic walking technique to use when walking downhill.  Everyone was happy at this time.

Then came the path and hill to Copper Snout (once a branch of the drove road Clennell Street). On the way up some of the group took the opportunity to admire the view (aka getting their breath back) which is outstanding and all the while we were serenaded by the guns at Otterburn as the army was live firing.  When I was asked if we were nearly at the lunch stop I told people “its just at the top of this hill”, what they didn’t realise was that there were lots of false tops on this route and just as they thought they were getting near the top there was another hill behind it.  I was getting less popular by the minute.

Once people could see the lunch stop spot they walked a lot quicker, we all ate our lunch.  I handed around shortbread which Martin and Debbie’s mam had very kindly made us, and this went down a treat. 

I took this opportunity of telling everyone of upcoming walks and I also explained that I was looking at dates for the rest of the year for our Nordic walks and asked if anyone would be interested in a December/Christmas walk with mulled wine and mince pies and this was decided would be a good idea.

With the rain still light we all stood up ready to set off. The people at the front decided they would like to head down the hill but we turned them around and we went up another hill, which was not as steep as Copper Snout.

The next section was uneven and boggy and not easy to Nordic walk on but we carried on, the rain got very heavy and we were all soaked but spirits were high and everyone was still smiling (just).

Walking past Kidland Forest was a much nicer, flatter path and lovely to Nordic walk on. At the end of this path there were two routes, as a few people had reached this point before I had they had a decision to make, the left path, straight on or wait for us.  Most waited but Paul and Kirsten had steamed ahead on the left path – oops that wasn’t the way.  I shouted for them and they came back to join the group, Kirsten blaming Paul who had followed a green arrow on the ground.

The rain had now turned into hailstones.  We were laughing because we had now witnessed 4 different types of weather, of wind, sun, rain and hail.  You have to love the weather in Northumberland. 

As we got back to Alwinton as we were still soaking wet most people jumped into their cars to go home, saying they had enjoyed it and would see us soon.

A few of us headed to the Rose and Thistle for light refreshment and to dry off.Thank you everyone for coming along on this walk, I hope you enjoyed it.  Thank you also to Martin for being the volunteer on the day. 

John told me of all of the plants and birds he saw on this walk.  Some of these included crisswort, Yorkshire fog, purple moor grass, wild thyme and bilberry, juvenile robins, newly feldged pied wagtails, skylark, meadow pipit, curlew and oystercatcher.

See you soon
Julie x

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