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Evening Nordic Walk - Trip to the Trenches, Rothbury

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide: Jane Monks
  • Maximum number of places per day: 10
  • Price Per Person: £9.00

walk notes

This walk starts off in Rothbury before heading North to explore the WW1 trenches.


Some experience in the technique of Nordic Walking is advisable before attending this walk. Please feel free to call us for further information.


On the 7th August 1914, Lord Kitchener, secretary of the State for war, issued his first appeal for 1000,000 volunteers to join the British Army. Among those who enlisted where the men of the 18th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. After signing up, they traveled north from Newcastle to Rothbury to as start their training.


In December 1914, early in WW1, volunteer soldiers of the Northumberland Fusiliers went to the moors above Rothbury to prepare for trench warfare in France, constructing a complex network of practice trenches.


The digging of these practice trenches not only taught new recruits basic trench welfare but it also helped build their fitness and encourage team spirit.


An interesting Nordic Walk with a difference.