Druridge Bay Country Park Nordic Walk
The forecast for the Druridge Bay Country Park Nordic Walk was excellent for the middle of February. It was going to be dry and around 11° and we were not disappointed.
This was again a large group of walkers, some regulars, some returning walkers and some newbies.
Whilst the newbies were shown the technique, Ruth welcomed everyone. Poles distributed and the customary photo shot, taken by Sharon (who hates her photograph taken).
First up was a lovely walk around Ladyburn Lake and whilst everyone was walking at their own pace I took Frankie to one side to give her some pointers on her technique.
There are some stepping stones across one part of the lake but we didnít take these and used the bridge just further up. A small incline was after the bridge and towards a wooded area (just because itís pretty) and headed towards the beach. Just to keep everyone amused I pretended I didnít know which way we were going.
My favourite Nordic walking surface is the sand and it was amazing the difference in the pace of everyone when they got onto the sand. The group really stretched out but this is the beauty of our Nordic walks and Druridge Bay is a beautiful beach.
This was the part of the walk which was linear and we turned around and headed back to the car park.
The walk was a lot quicker than we thought and as the café wasnít expecting us for another 1½ hours some of the group headed home. This part of the walk was just over 4½ miles (as per my GPS watch). I owe you all ½ a mile.
Those of us who were heading to The Drift Café did a little extra walk this time incorporating the stepping stones, much to Russellís disappointment no one fell in. He was ready and waiting with his camera. An extra 3 miles (according to Ruthís trusty pedometer) took us to the right time to get in our cars and head to Cresswell.
Lots of hot wrap melts, a couple of bowls of soup, jacket potato and full breakfast were demolished very quickly followed by chocolate brownie and mainly mint Aero cheesecake (now renamed ďJulieís cake owing to the fact that I had asked if Kate and Duncan could make it especially as it is one of my favourite cakes).
Donít worry if you missed the café, we are returning on the 11th March for the Ellington Nordic Walk.
Thank you to Ruth for her invaluable help as volunteer.
I hope you enjoyed the walk and hope to see you soon.
Chopwell Wood Nordic Walk
This was our first Nordic walk of 2017 and the day started with lots of hugs, chatter and catching up.
It was a large group of 25 and consisted of a lot of our regular Nordic walkers, a couple of newbies (Liz and Dawn) and a few we havenít seen for a little while.
We did a quick warm up with introductions for Martin, Ruth and Janey.
Martin took up the lead with the faster walkers, Ruth was backmarker with Janey and me in between. The group got stretched out as everyone walked at their own pace.
We firstly walked the short route, with a viewing point where Ruth spotted a red kite. The rest of the group were getting restless so we headed back down and we started off on the rest of the walk which was pretty uneventful, the woodland was beautiful and there were lots of carvings to admire. At one point Carol decided to hug a tree then Dawn and Zeenat joined her.
There were a few clarty parts but no fallers, which is unusual for the Nordic Nuts.
We got back to the cars, checking the various gadgets for the length of the route, we had a variation of 7.07, 7.7 and 8.3. The members of the group who wanted to stretch did whilst the others headed towards the cafe.
The car park was full so a couple of the group went home whilst the others parked on the side.
Once we got into the café, Debbie and Glynis (who we havenít seen for a while) were waiting for us. Unfortunately the café, even though I had booked werenít prepared but we enjoyed our snacks.
Thank you to Martin, Ruth and Janey for their help today and a massive thank you to you all for joining us.
The next Nordic walk is on the 19th February and is at Druridge Bay Country Park and I hope to see you all there.
Lesbury Nordic Walk
This was the walk which was rearranged from a few weeks earlier due to really bad weather making the route dangerous.
Two newbies joined the group Chris and Helen. We had a quick run through of the technique.
The group photograph was taken at the Lesbury Old Bridge which is an ancient monument. Then we had a warm up with Steve singing the Hokey Cokey.
Crossing the road we got to the start of the walk which started with a hill/incline/mountain depending who you speak to. Mary was not a happy bunny, she doesnít like uphill bits at the best of time but definitely not at the beginning of a walk.
Martin took up the lead with Kate and started at a good pace, the group as always walked at their own pace. We walked under the Lesbury Viaduct., which replaced a wooden trestle structure built for the Newcastle and Berwick Railway, in use from 1847. Together with other replacements of wooden bridges on the line, it was designed by Robert Stephenson and built in 1849.
The walk went along the route of the old railway line making it a lovely flat walk. The walkers at the front could hear some caterwauling, which turned out to be Steve singing (?) Christmas carols. We were to be serenaded regularly by him and Russell throughout the day.
We followed the path to the Aln Valley Railway before heading up to Cawledge Farm, quick stop for some of the group to pet the very friendly Shetland pony.
The footpath took us through a woodland and over the Cawledge Burn. We stopped on the footbridge and Steve very kindly took a photo of the group. The woodland was very picturesque and we saw some interesting mushrooms/funghi
Next up on the walk was a small pond which is a very peaceful area. We stayed here for a few moments before heading down to the Cawledge Burn and the point of the walk that we knew we may get wet feet, luckily the heavy rain had pushed some debris down so that the burn wasnít very high, no fallers which was good news.
Another slight incline took us back to the old railway line and back to the Viaduct and Lesbury.
The Coach Inn wasnít able to take us all so some people headed home and a few of us went to Alnmouth and an old favourite ďThe Village Tea RoomĒ for tea and cakes.
This was a really enjoyable walk, as always the group were friendly, chatty and entertaining.
Thank you to our photographers, Steve and Russell. Thanks to Martin for volunteering.
Special thank you to everyone for coming along and I really hope you enjoyed it.
Our next Nordic walk and indeed the last for 2016 is the Christmas walk taking us up to the Christmas tree on top of Simonside.
I hope to see you there but if not have a lovely Christmas and hopefully see you in the New Year.