Nordic Walk - Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island - 22nd August 2015
Thu 27th August 2015
Weather forecast checked, poles packed I headed up to Holy Island to meet Laura (my willing volunteer) and wait for our first group of 15 Nordic walkers of the weekend.
We sat at the Barn at Beal and went through the plan for the weekend.
Laura checked off participants and I took the new members of the group to be taught the technique before we started the walk proper.
We had a group of 4 who had travelled from Wakefield to join us, obviously our reputation is known in other counties.
The group got together and warm up completed. I explained we had just under a mile to walk on the path to the causeway where we would then take our shoes off to walk across the sands following the poles which should be kept on our right.
On reaching the Pilgrimís causeway whilst taking our shoes off another group of about 20 people asked which we were walking and decided to follow us. Walking over the seaweed was interesting as some people were slipping but nobody from our group fell over at this point.
We headed up the sands and came across a large expanse of water which was quite deep, the shorter members of the group skirted the outside whilst the taller walked through the deeper part.
We were then walking on sand and seaweed and occasional patches of salt-water mud. The salt-water mud was very interesting and proved to be the point where a couple of members decided to fall over (just for a change it was me – itís always me!). I decided to try and step over the ditch where the salt-water mud was but decided to fall, up to my knees with the tar looking mud splashed everywhere, laughter ensued for a change. The next walker to try was Mary who decided to try and hurdle it. Unfortunately she ended up even deeper in the mud including her hand which she put down. Once we realised Mary was okay our group and the 20 other people all laughed. Luckily Mary has a great sense of humour.
We continued towards Holy Island and another large expanse of water where we took the opportunity to wash our legs and feet. The salt-water mud comes off really easily.
There was a lot of noise and we soon realised that it was seals who were just in sight.
The group had got very stretched but the beauty of this walk is that everyone can be seen so it isnít a problem. We all stopped at the end of the causeway to dry our feet and put our shoes back on before finding a coffee shop to have a break. Most of us went to the Pilgrims Coffee House but a few others took their sandwiches to another part of the island.
Refreshments consumed we all headed back to the sands with the promise of another coffee shop at the end.
No dramas this time as we didnít walk through the salt-water mud.
We all got back to the causeway, dried our feet and put our shoes on again and headed up the path to the Barn at Beal.
Thankfully the weather forecast was wrong and there was no rain.
Cool down and stretches done. I thanked everyone for coming along and hoped they had enjoyed it and hoped to see them again.
Marie thanked me for the walk and specifically mentioned how excellent the customer service she had received from Shepherds Walks before and during the walk. I said it is something we pride ourselves on.
Special thanks to Laura for your help. It was invaluable.
We will be setting up a Facebook group for Nordic walking when we can think of a title for it.
Hope to see you all on 19th September for Humbleton Hill (near Wooler).
Julie & Laura xx