Nordic Walk Rothbury Carriageway Drive Saturday 17th October 2015
Mon 19th October 2015
We met the group in the shop and with a couple of late cancellations this was a very small group.
Poles at the ready we headed outside and warmed up. I told everyone the start of the route which involved walking up Gravelly Bank, as always there were lots of groans as it was going uphill. Lesley asked if we could have a stop somewhere with a nice view so she could have her lunch. I said I knew the exact spot.
We started off with the instruction that the group could stop if they needed to but with the poles they would probably not have to stop as often, if at all. I also said I would correct techniques if needed.
We got to the top of the bank and a swift admiration of the view (not catching our breath). Onwards and upwards (literally) to the path which took us past the farm, Gimmer Knowe, I decided to try and remember what Gimmer Knowe meant and failed miserably, so a swift text to Jon, the shepherd of Shepherds Walks, gave us the meaning. A gimmer is a ewe before she has had her first lamb and a knowe is a hill.
I joked with the group that I didnít know if we turned right at Gimmer Knowe or if it was further along. We went further along and turned right at the next gate to take us up (yup another small hill) to the carriageway itself.
We started along the carriageway, which was the route that Lord Armstrongís visitors used when they visited Cragside. Lesley tripped over her own feet and fell onto the grass right into a pile of sheep poo, luckily she was unhurt but her knees were mucky (as you can see from the photograph). She brushed herself off and we carried on.
The carriageway is a lovely path to Nordic walk along as it is flat. We headed up to the viewpoint which overlooks Rothbury whilst Lesley and Norma ate their lunch, Anne admired the amazing view and a few photographs were taken.
We headed back to the carriageway and through the forest where we came across a wide array of mushrooms, indeed this walk could have been called The Mushroom Walk unfortunately we werenít knowledgeable enough to name them.
We had a choice of two paths and we turned right and came across a tree across the path which we had to duck underneath (not easy when you have a rucksack) although Norma made it look so easy as she gracefully went underneath but this wasnít the worst part of this path, oh no we came across a gully with a tree across it, we knew we werenít going to go across this and after watching a couple scramble across we all laughed and as is usual with a Julie Nordic walk turned around went back and this time went straight ahead.
Down this path we all stopped to eat blackberries and blaeberries (bilberries) which were delicious and Lesley said she would have to remember the route to come back to pick them.
Off we walked down to Rothbury and back to the shop. Our main concern on this walk was whether we would get back in time for tea and cakes but not to worry we did.
Cool down and stretches completed. We ended our day in Tomlinsons for tea, coffee, banana and choc chip bread, Malteser cake, Bakewell tart and coffee cake. I explained the up and coming walks for 2015 and also the ideas which we have for 2016 and it looks to be a very interesting year for Nordic walking.
I hope you all enjoyed your day and I hope to see you again soon.