Nordic Walk - Rothbury Forest
Mon 23rd July 2012
Another fabulous day for Nordic Walking, just what we ordered. The sun was out, a lovely breeze and for once....no rain!
After worrying about the initial route I had set out to do I decided at 4.30am to change it to a route that was not so steep. I think the correct decision was made.
The Nordic Walker’s met in Simonside car park, we gave out poles and Julie ran through a quick refresher for those clients who were new to Nordic Walking. A quick warm up and off we went, up Simonside.
The first section of the walk was uphill, but on good track, allowing us to use those poles to help with the gradual increase in gradient. A few people lifted their poles en route to assure themselves that walking with the poles DOES make it much easier. No lead weights around the ankles as we climbed, just lots of work for our shoulders. We took plenty of breaks up this steep section, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath and take in the scenery – plus take a much needed drink on such a hot day!
Once at the summit of our walk the path levelled out and with the forest below us, we took full advantage of the light breeze that cooled us. The views from here are spectacular, we could clearly see the Cheviot Hills, Rothbury, Simonside Crags above us and out to the East we could see the sea. Just beautiful views with very little effort, due to our Nordic Walking poles.
We stopped briefly as a grass snake caught the eye of those at the front of the group, rudely awakened by the clanking of 15 pairs of poles. A little further along the top flat track, just below the summit of Simonside, before beginning our descent. Jon warned us a boggy section ahead and so we set off fearing the worst.
As we descended, back into the forest, the way became a bit steeper, making it necessary to unclip our poles from our gloves and use them as a trekking pole. And by the time we hit the boggy section it had dried to a muddy section and really wasn’t an issue. Clean shoes for once!
Once through this section we re-joined the path and were able to re-attach the poles and Nordic Walk downhill and back to the car park.
Many of those who joined us on this walk had only just learnt to Nordic Walk. But by the end of the 4 ½ mile route, and with prompting from 2 instructors, their techniques had developed noticeably, the youngest of our group striding ahead on the return journey.
As usual this was a lovely group of Nordic Walkers who become friends as they walk along. You have the chance to meet up with new people as well as old friends and all abilities of walker came and completed the route. As the saying goes....no one gets left behind on a Mrs Shepherds Nordic Walk!