Nordic Walk - Alnmouth & Lesbury
Mon 16th April 2012
On opening the bedroom curtains this morning I felt like shutting them again and hibernating. I was in the middle of a blizzard...and supposedly Nordic Walking in only a few hours time! Still I decided to at least go through the motions of getting ready.
On arriving at our meeting place, Alnmouth Beach, we put on the layers of warm clothes, waterproofs, hats, balaclavas, gloves and looked ready for the Arctic. However, a quick warm up and off we went.
The walk began by following the River Aln back inland and away from the coastline, taking us down Lovers Lane and onto the cricket club where the coastal challenge starts and finishes. We however had only just started and so continued on, towards Lesbury.
After a brief stop in a little suntrap, out of the wind, we carried on along the river again but now heading back out to the coast. This took us through a farmerís fields where the crop had been harvested. This uphill stretch was perfect for really feeling the magic of Nordic Walking and we all managed to climb the hill without stopping or getting out of breath. From here on it was all downhill. The view looking back over to Lesbury and the meandering river was stunning.
We continued on down a tarmac road to Foxton Hall golf house and then whipped across their green 9public footpath of course) to return to the beach. Although now tiring it was noticeable how people began to walk quicker, the beach making the perfect medium for Nordic Walking.
After stopping to see a seal cub on the beach and talking through the finer points of advanced Nordic Walking techniques, we finished with a cool down.
We arrived back at the start with a few layers less than when we started and.... we didnít get wet!