Lesbury Nordic Walk
Mon 28th November 2016
This was the walk which was rearranged from a few weeks earlier due to really bad weather making the route dangerous.
Two newbies joined the group Chris and Helen. We had a quick run through of the technique.
The group photograph was taken at the Lesbury Old Bridge which is an ancient monument. Then we had a warm up with Steve singing the Hokey Cokey.
Crossing the road we got to the start of the walk which started with a hill/incline/mountain depending who you speak to. Mary was not a happy bunny, she doesn’t like uphill bits at the best of time but definitely not at the beginning of a walk.
Martin took up the lead with Kate and started at a good pace, the group as always walked at their own pace. We walked under the Lesbury Viaduct., which replaced a wooden trestle structure built for the Newcastle and Berwick Railway, in use from 1847. Together with other replacements of wooden bridges on the line, it was designed by Robert Stephenson and built in 1849.
The walk went along the route of the old railway line making it a lovely flat walk. The walkers at the front could hear some caterwauling, which turned out to be Steve singing (?) Christmas carols. We were to be serenaded regularly by him and Russell throughout the day.
We followed the path to the Aln Valley Railway before heading up to Cawledge Farm, quick stop for some of the group to pet the very friendly Shetland pony.
The footpath took us through a woodland and over the Cawledge Burn. We stopped on the footbridge and Steve very kindly took a photo of the group. The woodland was very picturesque and we saw some interesting mushrooms/funghi
Next up on the walk was a small pond which is a very peaceful area. We stayed here for a few moments before heading down to the Cawledge Burn and the point of the walk that we knew we may get wet feet, luckily the heavy rain had pushed some debris down so that the burn wasn’t very high, no fallers which was good news.
Another slight incline took us back to the old railway line and back to the Viaduct and Lesbury.
The Coach Inn wasn’t able to take us all so some people headed home and a few of us went to Alnmouth and an old favourite “The Village Tea Room” for tea and cakes.
This was a really enjoyable walk, as always the group were friendly, chatty and entertaining.
Thank you to our photographers, Steve and Russell. Thanks to Martin for volunteering.
Special thank you to everyone for coming along and I really hope you enjoyed it.
Our next Nordic walk and indeed the last for 2016 is the Christmas walk taking us up to the Christmas tree on top of Simonside.
I hope to see you there but if not have a lovely Christmas and hopefully see you in the New Year.