Nordic Walk - Pauperhaugh
Sun 2nd October 2016
Another Nordic Nuts walk this time in the home of Shepherds Walks, Rothbury.
Lots of chatter as always whilst I taught our new members to the group, Anthony, Sheila and Susan, the technique. It was great to see some returning walkers as well as our regular walkers who took the opportunity to introduce themselves to each other.
The last of our group arrived and we did our warm up before setting off over the bridge to the beginning of the walk proper. As always everyone was told to walk at their own pace.
We set off and the group soon settled into a comfortable pattern and there was yet more chatter. We got to the part of the walk which a couple of our group were dreading as when I had recced the walk there were some cows and calves in a field we had to walk through. The worried members walked in the middle of the group, the cows weren’t interested at all and we walked through the field with no incident. We headed through a small woodland area and towards the beautiful Pauperhaugh Bridge.
Everyone soon found a place to sit and got out their packed lunches. Zeenat had very kindly brought a sticky toffee fudge cake for everyone to share. Carol and Sue decided to go for a plodge in the River Coquet whilst Anne, Claire and Catherine were watching the salmon jumping in the river.
Carol came to sat down and in true Carol style there was drama when she sat in some cowpat so she decided to wash her fleece in the river, cue the woman washing her clothes in the river jokes.
We packed up and headed up the road and passed a farm with a pond and geese in it. Unfortunately we also saw a dog tied up on a very short chain which had everyone worried, Lesley decided to go and knock on the door and express her concern. The farmer explained the situation to Lesley and we reluctantly left and joined the rest of the group.
We continued on our way and got back onto the old railway line and headed back towards Rothbury.
We were, as usual, very lucky with the weather for this walk and a great group of walkers.
After a stretch and cool down some of us headed to Tomlinsons Coffee Shop, a regular stop in Rothbury for coffee, where as always the noise level increased. Ruth and Sharon, who are two of the broken Nordic Nuts volunteers (not broken during walks, I hasten to add), met us in Tomlinsons. We like to make sure they are still part of the group even if they can't come on the walks.
Lots of warm cheese scones, cake, tea and coffee later everyone left and made their way home.
The next two Nordic walks are 8th October which is a short 4 mile walk in Swarland Wood and second is on 22nd October which is a longer 10 mile walk from Warkworth to Alnmouth (with a lunch stop in the middle).
Thank you to everyone for making this walk so enjoyable and also to Steve for being official photographer for this walk and not taking lots of photographs of people's bottoms when going over stiles.
I hope to see you all soon.