Craster Nordic Walk
Mon 21st April 2014
As Jane had hurt her foot, Julie led this walk.
Everyone was nice and punctual on this chilly and blustery morning and after chatting to another group of walkers, who asked who we were and what we were doing with poles, we warmed up in the car park and set off.
The first part of the walk took us down the road towards the harbour and the group turned left for the walk towards Dunstanburgh Castle. The group soon stretched as the two men in the group set off at a very quick pace, only slowed down by the gates where they gallantly waited for the rest of us. Beth asked if we could find places that werenít as beautiful as she had to keep stopping to take photographs.
As we skirted around the bottom of the Castle, I was pleased to see that there was a vast expanse of beach that we could drop onto meaning we could put our Nordic walking technique into practice. After stopping for a few seconds so that the golfers could tee off we headed down to the sand and everyone found the harder sand and set off, this time it was two of the ladies who took up the front position. We walked a fair bit along the sand before turning round to finish off the rest of the walk. Although I think everyone would have been just as pleased to stay on the beach.
Next came a part of the walk that was on paths, passing the limekiln and many pillboxes. Everyone loved the scenery and the pace was a good one. The stops came when we got to gates as nobody wanted to stop otherwise because it was too cold and windy once you stopped.
We headed through a field of sheep and their lambs who were lying on the footpath but who werenít interested in us. Cue more photographs from Beth. We skirted around a field rather than dropping down onto the road.
We were coming to the end of the walk and someone asked how far we had walked. Martinís GPS said 5.12 miles.
We then dropped through the trees back to the car park where we finished off with cool down and stretches.
Everyone said they had enjoyed the walk, could feel that they had worked their shoulders and arms.
Most of us headed to the Kipper Bun van for a sandwich and a cuppa before leaving to go home.
This was a good Nordic walk as there were lots of long stretches whereby we could all get into our swing and go at our pace. Thank you to everyone for coming along and I hope to see you again soon.