St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk - 2015
Well done to everybody who completed the 2015 St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk.
We had some great weather and the light breeze kept the walkers cool whilst enjoying the stunning route on a warm August day.
Please enjoy the YouTube film from the day.
25/07/2015 Nordic Walk - Cresswell and Druridge Bay
This Nordic walk is another one of my favourites for two reasons.
One is the fantastic Druridge Bay beach which is amazing to Nordic Walk along and the other is the Drift Cafe in Cresswell.
Unusally for one of our Nordic walks there were very no men and only a few regulars but we had 4 ladies who had never tried Nordic walking before, a couple who had tried it before and a couple who had only been walking with us a couple of times.
I met up at 10 am for a teaching session with the newbies and some people who wanted a quick refresher on the technique. I handed around poles, (as you don't have to have your own) and we headed down to the sand as it is a great place to learn.
Everyone picked up the routine really well and we met the rest of the group ready for our day ahead.
As always we did our usual warm up as I explained the route, basically this was straight up the beach with the sea on our right!
We headed off and the group soon got into their stride with everyone going at their own pace and chatting away. They soon noticed that it was more difficult walking on the softer sand and walked as near to the waters edge as they could get without plodging.
Some of the new members of the group asked me to check their technique (as everyone knows this is my favourite part of being a Nordic walking instructor).
We stopped to let everyone catch up and have a drink when Glynis said she had 2 left gloves. I swapped with her and I walked with only one glove. This is not easy as the glove is the most important piece of equipment.
As we were walking along one of our new members, Irene, ended up sitting on the sand with her sister Christine laughing at her. Cue photograph! I asked how she had fallen over and we soon found out it was because she had fallen over her pole. This was because she had brought her pole too far forward. I walked along with them to explain how this had happened.
We reached Druridge Bay Country Park for a half an hour comfort break, some ate lunch others just had a cup of tea and used the facilities.
A quick call to Sharon (one of our regulars) who was going to meet us for tea and cake and we headed straight back down to Cresswell, interestingly people were walking quicker back, I would like to think it was the harder sand we were walking on but perhaps it was the lure of cake???
We met Sharon at the point of us turning off to head up to Cresswell. We did a few stretches and headed back to the cars and the Drift Cafe.
We had the opportunity to sit outside as it was warm enough and dry and when everyone had their refreshments. Apple cake, Date and walnut scones, chocolate brownies to name a few.
I let everyone know about the walks I was planning up to the end of 2015, ie Holy Island (August), Humbleton Hill (September), Craster (October), Herrington Park and Penshaw Monument (November) and a December walk with mulled wine and mince pies.
I hope everyone had a fantastic day and enjoyed the walk. I know I did and I really look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Goats and Forts
We squeezed into the small amount of car parking available in the centre of Humbleton village. Expecting a dry but overcast day we were delighted to see the sun and blue skies.The walk was entitled Goats and Forts and we saw two of each! The hillforts were guaranteed but since feral goats have a will of their own it was a real bonus to see them walking through the tall bracken below Yeavering Bell.
Views from the top of the hill forts and along St Cuthbert’s Way were quite spectacular. Along the way we noted points of historical and natural interest. Any member of the group would happily explain the origins of ‘Tom Tallon’s crag’ !
The group was a mix of people from the North East and people from as far afield as Lincolnshire. We walked as a group easily covering the distance and ascent in the time available. At the end of the day we made for the Terrace Cafe for tea and cakes and listened to a rock band playing just off the high street. It was ‘festival day’ in Wooler. They gave good renditions of songs by ‘Free’, Springsteen and the Stereophonics! We enjoyed our day together.
Roy Kennard (Guide) Andrea Harrison (Volunteer)