Nordic Walk - Kielder
Tue 15th March 2016
The forecast said it should be a great day for this nordic walk covering part of the Shepherds Walk Kielder Challenge route.
After the recce of the walk on Monday it became a linear rather than a circular route, due to the Bull Crag Peninsular shortcut being closed for forestry work.
As always the Nordic Nuts were early and raring to go.
First up a group photograph with Kielder Water in the background.
I introduced myself, Laura (my trusty volunteer) and Jon (the shepherd of Shepherds Walks), who warned everyone he had brought the Go Pro camera with him so he could take video shots during the walk.
As always we started with a warm up and set off, everyone at their own pace. Kirsten, Paul, Angela, Geoff and me were at the front with the rest behind us. The peace of Kielder was shattered as lots of chatter was heard along the way.
We passed 3 groups of teenagers who were walking the 25.3 miles around Kielder, they were extremely friendly shouting "good morning" to us as we passed.
We stopped where checkpoint 4 is situated at the Kielder Challenge for lunch. This point will now be known as the battlefield of the flapjacks. Laura had brought her homemade flapjacks (which were delicious) and Steve had brought shop bought flapjacks (which were very nice). Laura won this one, sorry Steve.
We continued onto Tower Knowe, where we had a quick comfort break, before continuing to the dam wall, this is a well known point on the Kielder Challenge for everyone saying "oh no the dam wall".
A return to Tower Knowe where Jon and Steve transported everyone back to Leaplish for the customary tea, coffee and cake (for a couple of us).
I told everyone of the next Nordic walks coming up, especially the Nordic Challenge Walk on 16th April. I was asked if we could do another walk before that and I will be looking at adding a beach walk before then.
Thank you as always to Laura and thank you to Jon for their help during this day.
I hope to see you all very soon.