Warkworth to Alnmouth Nordic Walk
Sat 29th October 2016
Another large group of regular Nordic Nuts met up in Warkworth for this 10 mile walk. We welcomed a new member to our group, Pete, who had walked with me before but not with the other Nuts. I warned him of the paparazzi who walk with us, namely Steve and Russell aka Little and Large.
During the warm up I explained the route we would be taking. We completed the warm up and headed down to the beach for our customary group photo.
Martin led the way along the beach whilst I went through the technique with Zeenat and Zahed. I explained how the beach was the best terrain to walk on as you could see if you are dragging your poles.
As always the group eased into little groups with lots of chatter and laughter going on.
The group got to the rocky area and Martin was assessing the situation as the tide hadnít gone out as far as we were expecting. Timing the step down from the rocks with the wave was key, Steve went to step down and slipped, the only breakage luckily was the tip of the Nordic pole, Zeenat stepped down mistiming the wave and ended up ankle deep in water, she loved this and said it was exhilarating.
I swapped poles with Steve and we continued on towards Alnmouth, the footpath on the map shows a straight line however the river Aln is in the way, which we would have had to swim. No-one fancied this so we walked up to St Cuthbertís Cross and lots of posing for photos from Debbie and Carol) which is said to be the location where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne when petitioned by the king. Next up was the path down to the little mortuary chapel with a decorated archway (built 1869) with funding from public subscription there was a plan to re-open the cemetery on Church Hill. In more recent times it was used on location by Vera.
Heading away from the church towards the cycle path, John stepped in a rabbit hole and was the next to take a tumble, again no injury.
We dropped down to the rather slippery, muddy area. Take a bow Lesley as she joined the ranks of the Nordic Nuts to end up on the ground.
Continuing to the cycle path this is a good path to Nordic walk on as it is flat and you can build up your speed. Nothing exciting happened and we soon got to Alnmouth. We passed Alnmouth Cricket Club which I explained was the place where we start the Coastal Challenge.
The Village Tea Room was our destination for lunch, we are well known by the ladies looking after us, as we had been earlier this year. Hot beef stotties and crab sandwiches were the main items chosen from the extensive menu. A couple of us had cake. After we had eaten, Steve somehow ended up getting his shoulders massaged.
Some of the group had decided they only wanted to do half of the walk so we bid our goodbyes and the rest of us headed back to Warkworth. Rather than go the same route back, Martin suggested shortening the walk back by walking over the sand dunes. With the promise of more cake in Warkworth, everyone concurred. So, off we went. Martin, Pete, Debbie and Mal strode off at quite a pace with everyone else following behind. We got to the rocky area and Steve decided to re-enact his fall for those of us who missed it the first time.
Back at Warkworth, once we had cooled down and stretched, some of us headed to another of our favourite tea rooms, Bertrams. More cake and tea before we all headed off home.
Thank you to Martin for being my volunteer, Russell and Steve for their photographs and everyone for coming along, I hope you enjoyed it.
See you on 5th November for the Lesbury Nordic Walk, hopefully.