Whitton Hillhead Nordic Walk
Sun 27th November 2011
After a Saturday of gales and rain it was nice to see a bright start to Sunday, with the wind dipping just a little bit.
We met on the Haugh car park, next to the River Coquet which was well up after the previous days rain and after a quick warm up we were on our way climbing ‘Jacobs ladder’, before following St Oswald’s Way up past Sharp’s Folly, which was built by REV. DR. Thomas Sharp, Rector of Rothbury ( 1720-1758), for the relief of unemployment amongst local stonemasons and use as an observatory. It is the oldest folly in the country and is a listed building.
As we continued Nordic Walking our way up the track we were heading directly into the wind. This gave everyone the chance to practise leaning into their walk and thereby improving their technique. The power of using the poles and also the stability they gave really showed the benefits of Nordic Walking off, but a welcome rest was well appreciated behind the trees, just before reaching Whitton Hillhead itself.
After skirting around the farm we reached the highpoint of the walk from where we were treated to stunning views of The Cheviot Hills in the distance, with Thropton nestled in the valley bottom, next to the river.
As we dropped back down to The Coquet and crossed Lady’s Bridge we where thankfully sheltered for the home run (or rather Nordic Walk) along the recently opened cycle path that now follows the North Side of the river.
A few cool down exercises where then in order before a good number of the group headed into Rothbury for a well deserved coffee and cake at Thomlinsons.
It was a great lively group with the whole group gelling very quickly and settling into the Nordic Walk very quickly. I hope we see you all again in March for a tour around the other side of the valley.