Druridge Bay Country Park Nordic Walk
Sun 19th February 2017
The forecast for the Druridge Bay Country Park Nordic Walk was excellent for the middle of February. It was going to be dry and around 11° and we were not disappointed.
This was again a large group of walkers, some regulars, some returning walkers and some newbies.
Whilst the newbies were shown the technique, Ruth welcomed everyone. Poles distributed and the customary photo shot, taken by Sharon (who hates her photograph taken).
First up was a lovely walk around Ladyburn Lake and whilst everyone was walking at their own pace I took Frankie to one side to give her some pointers on her technique.
There are some stepping stones across one part of the lake but we didnít take these and used the bridge just further up. A small incline was after the bridge and towards a wooded area (just because itís pretty) and headed towards the beach. Just to keep everyone amused I pretended I didnít know which way we were going.
My favourite Nordic walking surface is the sand and it was amazing the difference in the pace of everyone when they got onto the sand. The group really stretched out but this is the beauty of our Nordic walks and Druridge Bay is a beautiful beach.
This was the part of the walk which was linear and we turned around and headed back to the car park.
The walk was a lot quicker than we thought and as the café wasnít expecting us for another 1½ hours some of the group headed home. This part of the walk was just over 4½ miles (as per my GPS watch). I owe you all ½ a mile.
Those of us who were heading to The Drift Café did a little extra walk this time incorporating the stepping stones, much to Russellís disappointment no one fell in. He was ready and waiting with his camera. An extra 3 miles (according to Ruthís trusty pedometer) took us to the right time to get in our cars and head to Cresswell.
Lots of hot wrap melts, a couple of bowls of soup, jacket potato and full breakfast were demolished very quickly followed by chocolate brownie and mainly mint Aero cheesecake (now renamed ďJulieís cake owing to the fact that I had asked if Kate and Duncan could make it especially as it is one of my favourite cakes).
Donít worry if you missed the café, we are returning on the 11th March for the Ellington Nordic Walk.
Thank you to Ruth for her invaluable help as volunteer.
I hope you enjoyed the walk and hope to see you soon.