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Nordic Walk - Druridge Bay Country Park

Nordic Walk - Druridge Bay Country Park

Sun 26th April 2015

After watching the weather forecast all week, which changed from raining all day to not raining until 12 noon.  i had arranged the weather to stay sunny, bright and dry (with a chill to keep us from overheating) until we had finished our walk.

My day started with picking up a couple of new Nordic walkers who wanted to join us on this walk to drive up to Druridge Bay Country Park for a quick teaching session before the walk.
We had a lovely surprise as since the 1st April 2015 there is no charge to park at Druridge Bay Country Park - result!  

I taught Laura E and Glynis the basic Nordic walking technique and they picked it up very quickly.  We waited for the rest of our group to join us

Everyone was ready by 10 am and we began with introductions and a warm up.  We started with a 1.5 mile walk around the lake at Druridge Bay Country Park which is excellent to Nordic walk on.  Some members of the groups had never been to the Country Park before and were amazed at the beauty, even those of us who had been regularly drank in the beauty and tranquility.  We missed out the stepping stones (mainly because I would probably fall in) and took the safer route.  The group soon settled into little chatty groups and got to know each other or caught up with each other.  Once we completed the lap of the lake we came out of the Country Park and headed to the beach.

My first job was a group shot.  It takes some organising making sure everyone could be seen on the photograph.  A few of the ladies (as usual) tried to hide behind other people!  Unfortunately for them everyone was around the same height and I'm very tenacious.

Once on the beach we moved to the slightly firmer sand as this is the best place to really put Nordic walking to the test.  I explained that they would be able to stop and look at the holes which their poles made and we could work on techniques (if needed).  

We watched some little birds (we think are Dunlins) at the waters edge for a few seconds as when a wave comes close to them they run away.

The group soon stretched out as everyone walked at their own pace. We stopped to look at the holes in the sand and I corrected (very small) parts of techniques.  

We walked 2 miles along the sand towards Cresswell just before we turned back towards Druridge Bay Country Park a conversation started up  about the "proposed" open cast mine which is busy going through the system.  I mentioned that the Drift Cafe (where we were stopping at on the way home) have a petition to try and stop this if anyone wanted to sign.  Everyone was very keen to do this as the Druridge Bay area is stunning.

We got to the cars and had a cool down/stretch and jumped in our cars and headed to the Drift Cafe.  I had rang them and asked if they could make carrot cake (especially for Sharon) and their chocolate orange cake (for me) and they were delighted to do so and didn't actually put the chocolate orange cake out until we had arrived.

We all (except for Laura F) tucked into their delicious hot melt wraps and a hot drink before Sharon, Ruth and me ate our pieces of cake.  Glynis and Laura E took theirs home and Mary didn't have any cake (I promised I would mention this) although she did take some home with her.

Everyone said goodbye and promised to meet up at the next Nordic walk on 23rd May in Alnwick.

Thank you everyone for a fab day.  See you all in May

Julie xx

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