Northumberlandia Nordic Walk - 14 February 2016
Mon 15th February 2016
Weather conditions in Alnwick meant we had a couple of cancellations first thing but everyone else met bright and early at the car park at Northumberlandia.
We had a couple of new people to our group (Val and Sonia) and they soon fit right in.
I introduced my volunteers, Ruth (first time officially as a volunteer) and Sharon to the group and we headed off.The route was once around the perimeter of the Lady of the North, the group soon found their pace and the path meant we could spread out. At one point I asked the group at the front to add an extra incline into the walk to let the rest catch up, everyone followed - ha ha.
We then headed up each of the different areas of the Lady of the North's body. At the top of the face, Steve offered everyone a huge box of biscuits, this ended up being the catchphrase of the walk.
John went on a mission and, we think, walked around the whole sculpture at least twice, everyone else was happy just going around once. The weather was clear so we could see Simonside and Lindisfarne. John pointed out some Meadow Pipits to me.
Ruth checked her pedometer because as usual no one believed that the distance I had said was the distance we had walked. I was right, of course.
Once we had completed the whole of the sculpture there was one last turn around the perimeter before cake.
Next stop The Parlour at Blagdon for tea and cakes. Orders taken, now the wait for the food and drinks which came out very sporadically, if they came out at all. The chatter was very loud around the table.
I went through the walks up to August. A request was made for the Pilgrims Causeway to be added again. I promise I will look at this.
Thank you to Ruth and Sharon for your help today. It was invaluable as always.
Thank you to you all for coming along I hope you enjoyed the walk, even though tea and cake was a bit disjointed, and we hope to see you all again soon.