Stanleyburn Wood Nordic Walk
Mon 27th March 2017
Another woodland Nordic walk on a fabulous sunny, warm Spring day with the Nordic Nuts.
As we all met up in the pub car park (permission had been gained), Kate (soon to be volunteer and also a qualified Nordic walking instructor) took Bob (our newest walker) to one side to teach him the technique. Just as they finished I ran over to get a photograph.
This walk had a lot of the usual suspects as well as newbie, Bob and returning walker, Lorraine.
Hugs and poles given out by the whole group we had our usual warm up when I introduced Martin and Ruth as my ever helpful volunteers and I also explained that Kate is also an instructor so if anyone wanted any help with technique we were both available.
We headed off down the bank to the actual start of the walk, group photo shot taken, and off we went.
Kate asked “what is the river/stream called?”. The Stanley Burn was the response to which Kate said “of course it is, you can put that in the blog if you want”. Of course it was going in the blog.
Underfoot there was quite a lot of clarts but the scenery was beautiful. A good pace was set by Martin whilst Ruth kept a check on the walkers at the back. Lots of chatter meant we had no chance of seeing the deer which are in the woods. There was a squeal from Debbie as she slipped on some of the clarts, but the ever helpful Russell saved her – what a gentleman!
We got to an area of the burn where it was easy to get to and of course someone always has to have a plodge, cue Steve who sat on a rock whilst the rest of the group caught up.
The route was varied with some inclines, steps and lots of bridges, 7 in total and a few small waterfalls. The smell of the wild garlic was pungent in places and Lesley was very excited by this and said she was going to pick some on her way back.
At a field boundary Martin decided to worry everyone by asking me which path we had taken when we did the recce, heading off across the field it was an opportunity to really open up and pick the pace up.
Next up was an extremely muddy and slippery path which took us to a small road down to the second part of the walk.
Some of the group spotted some squirrels on the return leg.
Back to the cars for a cool down stretch before most of us headed to the pub for refreshments. Not great service but the sun was out so we enjoyed the company.
Thanks to Ruth, Martin and Kate for their help on Saturday.
Our next walk is the Nordic Challenge Walk, Belford to Holy Island on 22nd April. It is a 12 mile walk along St Oswalds/St Cuthberts Way.
Hope to see you soon.