Nordic Walk - Alnwick
Mon 28th May 2012
More weather like this please, this is more like summer.
As we met in Alnwick Market place at 10.00am on a Saturday morning the sun was truly cracking the flags and with the market in full swing in the square we quickly left the hustle and bustle of the town centre for a more peaceful place for our warm up.
After a quick warm up we skirted around the edge of Alnwick Gardens before heading down to the River Aln and after crossing it on a bridge we left the road and all appreciated a quick drink of water before heading off across Alnwick Pastures.
Alnwick Pastures and the River Aln that runs through the pastures were designed by Lancelet ‘Capability’ Brown, the famous landscape gardener.
We stopped next to one of the weirs and split into two groups and did a few Nordic Walking exercises to try and improve our techniques. This is something we hope to do in all future Nordic Walks so we can all continue to keep our Nordic Walking in the right direction.
Alnwick Castle was looming above us so it was a great spot for our group shot and what a stunning backdrop for our Nordic Walk.
As we continued on we passed the famous Lion Bridge before continuing on following footpaths which at times made us skip over a few nettles. Not usually a major problem but as the majority of the walkers had shorts on it put a spring in everybody’s feet.
After again crossing the River Aln we climbed steeply up to the entrance of Hulne Park, which is owned by The Duke of Northumberland. Another great spot for a quick breather.
Within a few minutes we skirted the edge of Alnwick before returning back to the Alnwick Market Square and after a few warm downs it was agreed by all that a good Nordic Walk had been enjoyed by everybody.
Thanks for coming along and we look forward to seeing you all again in June at Hauxley on the Northumberland Coast.