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Sun 28th August 2016

Wall Nordic Walk

Wall Nordic Walk

The forecast was for heavy rain until about 11 am so a quick ring around changed the start time to 11 am to give the rain a chance to stop.

We all met up and the 3 newbies, Frankie, Lynn and Donna were introduced to the group.

Anne had very kindly agreed to be my unofficial volunteer for the day.

Annabelle joined us for a quick tutorial on technique which everyone picked up quickly.  The usual group photo was taken before the warm up and we were ready to go.

We started walking through the village green, many of the houses were former fortified farmhouses (bastles) to protect people and livestock from the Border reivers (raiders).  There is a cast iron fountain and trough on the green which were installed in 1858 and are supplied by a spring.

Next was the rough track which was full of stones and not easy to nordic walk up.  When we got to the gate everyone regrouped and Russell was at the front, I pointed out the route and everyone headed off at their own pace.

We got to the gate at the top of the hill unfortunately there was a big muddy puddle and as I held the gate open, Russell, ever the gentleman, offered a helping hand to everyone. The route was diagonally across the field towards a stone stile some of the the group decided to head towards the gate until I pulled them back to the right route.The stone stile proved no problem for everyone until Sue had to help Russell over!

We walked through the small wood and up the lane through Fallowfield, which has an industrial past that dates back to Roman times. 

Continuing along the lane we reached Heavenfield, the end of St Oswald's Way.  The Battle of Heavonfield took place in about 634.  On the night before the battle Oswald and his men built a large wooden cross which they erected on high ground and prayed to God for success in their fight.  The cross in place was erected by a group of local people in 1927.

We headed towards St Oswald's Church and some of the group went inside, which has lots of information about Oswald, the battle and the Church. Anne pointed out a blue rope to Carol and said "I wonder what that is", so Carol duly went over and pulled the rope which, of course, was attached to the bell!  Luckily it wasn't loud so didn't call everyone to church.

We had a short stop to look at the view, we could hear a call of what we thought was "moo" but was actually "Sue", the noise was coming from up a tree from Carol!  Apparently Sue had dared her to climb the tree.  Poor Annabelle had asked Anne if she could climb the tree to be told she wasn't allowed to, so she was on the lookout for Pokemon.

Calling the group together we started back down the hill towards Planetrees which is an extant section of Hadrian's Wall and followed the Hadrian's Wall Path back to the village of Wall.  We had a quick cool down before some of us went to the Hadrian Hotel for lunch.

Thank you for coming along on this walk and I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Julie

Mon 15th August 2016

St Cuthberts Way Challenge Walk 2016

St Cuthberts Way Challenge Walk 2016

Well done to everybody who completed the 2016 St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk.

We had some great weather and the breeze kept the walkers cool whilst enjoying the stunning route on a warm August day.

Please enjoy the YouTube film from the day.


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