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Fri 12th August 2016

Blog - Bamburgh to Seahouses Nordic Walk

Blog - Bamburgh to Seahouses Nordic Walk

Wow yet another day of fantastic weather for our Nordic walk from Bamburgh to Seahouses and back again.  We have been very lucky this year.

We all met up nice and early and headed straight to the beach for our warm up.  Decisions were made of shoes or no shoes for this walk.  Most went barefoot.  We asked a passerby to take our group shot.

We walked past the tank traps which someone had painted as rubiks cubes and dice.

As always the group walked at their own pace and lots of chatter and laughter was heard.

The now customary Nordic Nuts heart in the sand was needed.  Carol took on the challenge to lots of catcalling from Russell who was taking the mickey out of her writing and drawing.

The group headed towards the waters edge where we plodged quite merrily.  There were a couple of rusted items in the sea, lots of discussion abut what they could be.  We had "part of a boat where the oars used to be" and also a "part of a boiler". 

We got to Seahouses and went to the fish and chip shop and headed to the seats overlooking the harbour.  Steve decided to sit alone although he had lots of company from the many starlings and gulls who swooped to try and help him with his lunch.

The lovely Edith found us "apparently she had found it difficult" not something that is often said about the Nordic Nuts people can usually hear us first.

Carol decided to empty her rucksack of as much as she could, gone went the pear, thankfully no more comments of "you have a lovely pear" were to be said and also her water to make her rucksack as light as possible.

Russell, ever the gentleman offered to carry her rucksack attached to his and when we got back to the sands Steve, not to be outdone in the gentleman stakes carried her shoes!  Obviously I am doing something wrong!!

A nice walk back towards Bamburgh was interupted by Carol saying she was thirsty before remembering she had emptied her water out at Seahouses.  Laura offered her her bottle of juice. 
Carol opened it and on hearing the fizz said "oh is it fizzy" then took a small drink to exclaim "urgh" that is horrible".  Poor Laura was only being helpful.  It made everyone laugh.

We got back to Bamburgh, quick stretch and then the decision of pub or tea shop.  This time the pub won and we all descended on The Castle Inn.

Another great walk.  Thank you to everyone for coming along and making it a great day.

Thanks Martin for being my trusty volunteer and many thanks again to Russell and Steve for taking
loads of photos.

Our next Nordic walk is on 28th August 2016 at Wall.  It is a short one, approx 4 miles.

I hope to see you all very soon.

Julie

Thu 28th July 2016

Warkworth to Amble Nordic Walk

Warkworth to Amble Nordic Walk

A change to the published walk lead to confusion of the meeting point, apologies to everyone who got confused, but everyone arrived safe and sound. 

Following a non Nordic walk the previous week, Sharon joined us after I had been telling her all about the Nuts.  She fitted in well with the group who all made her welcome.

The weather was perfect, not too warm and no rain forecast until after 1 pm.

Steve and Russell were our only two "men" on the walk.  Steve was wearing his pith helmet again, not to be outdone I donned my panama style hat, which didn't last long because it blew off on the beach.

A warm up was complete with introductions made, Anne had very kindly offered to be my honorary volunteer for the day.

We headed down the bank towards the beach, shoes/sandals were soon discarded by most of the group with others following suit once they had to walk through some small streams.  I drew the customary Nordic Nuts heart with the date added.

We got to the black rocks and turned around and past the point which we started before heading back to the cars and cake.

We all headed to Bertrams in Warkworth where we started sitting outside until the rain which was forecast started.

Lots of food, tea and coffee was ordered and enjoyed.  Steve and Russell were well behaved and didn't give the waitresses as much cheek as they usually do.  Methinks Laura, Debbie and Ruth may be the bad influences.

Thank you everyone for coming along to this Nordic walk, I hope you enjoyed it. 

Our next Nordic Walk is Bamburgh to Seahouses (8 miles) on 6th August.

I hope to see you there.

Julie

Sat 16th July 2016

Nordic Walk Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island

Nordic Walk  Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island

The Barn at Beal had very kindly allowed us to park in their car park for the day and asked that we buy something from their café!  Do the Nordic Nuts need an excuse for tea, cake or scones?  No we donít.

Once everyone had arrived, finished their refreshments I handed poles out to those who needed to borrow them.

I introduced myself and volunteers to the group.  Most of the group were regular Nordic Nuts but we welcomed Ruta and Jim, to our happy group.  Unfortunately we started walking in rain but this didnít dampen our spirits.

We headed off towards the Causeway with Martin at the front.  As always with this group there was a lot of chat, laughter and mickey taking.

At the start of the causeway the group split, one group went over the bridge to avoid the water, meanwhile the rest of us decided to go plodging. 

Once we were in bare feet we could see the richness of the mudflats. The surface was covered in tiny dark specks.  Looking closely these were a minute sea snail called Hydrobia, a very important food item for the large flocks of ducks and wading birds that arrive in autumn.  As well as the fine green strands of filamentous algae we could see another plant which looked like a broad leafed grass, just a few inches long.  This is a vital part of the ecosystem and is called Zostera, otherwise known as sea grass.  It is an important food for birds and also provides shelter for young fish when the tide is in. It is not an algae like seaweed, but a flowering plant.  There are two species here, one reproducing by underground stems (rhizomes) and the other by seed and is an annual.  Lugworm casts were everywhere and there were large quantities of cockle shells. Some of the shells had a small hole in them made by dog whelks which predate them. Occasional small shore crabs scuttled along and there were a few winkles for those who like to eat sea snails.

Once the group came back together everyone went at their own pace.

There was a constant background noise that sounded like wind howling in a boatís rigging. As we got closer to Lindisfarne we could see the ďmermaidsĒ singing.  There was a large rookery of several hundred seals.  These were mostly the larger Grey seal which give birth around November on the Farnes. 

The sand quickly gave way to a very thin layer of mud which was very slippy, it was like walking on an icy pavement.  The going underfoot now regularly changed from mud to sand to large areas of sand under shallow water.   

The next issue to impede our progress was an area of mud flats with lots of deep holes filled with black water.  Step forward Catherine to slip spectacularly in the black muddy water, of course the customary photograph was taken of Catherineís misfortune.

Thankfully we reached the end of the causeway without any further incidents.

We reached Holy Island and most of us headed to Pilgrimís Café for lunch.  We had 1½ hours on the island to have lunch/explore and visit the mead shop.

The sparrows in the café garden were very cheeky and flew onto the tables hoping for some crumbs – they were very unlucky.

The weather had started wet but halfway towards Holy Island the rain stopped and the sun came out.

Luckily for us we were just in time for more tea and cake at the Barn at Beal and were lucky enough to be able to sit outside and admire the view of the area we had just walked.

I really hope you enjoyed this unusual walk.  For clarification the distance measured 8.97miles.

Our next walk is Warkworth to Amble (and back) on 24th July and is around 5 miles.

Thank you for coming along on this walk and thank you to Ruth, Martin and Laura for your help and hard work in making this a great day.

See you soon

Julie