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Guided Walks - Nordic Walks

2 Mile Nordic Walk - Kirkharle

This 2 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle and the village of Kirkharle itself.


5 mile Nordic Walk - Kirkharle

This 5 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle Estate, with its contrasting landscape.


Bothal and Morpeth Nordic Walk

This is a lovely peaceful walk along the wooded Wansbeck Valley before we cross the river near Bothal and come back along field edges.


Causey Arch and Tanfield Railway Nordic Walk

A lovely walk from Causey Arch Picnic Area, past Tanfield Railway (a 4ft 8¹⁄in standard gauge heritage railway it runs on part of a former colliery wooden wagonway, later a steam railway, it operates preserved industrial diesel and steam tank locomotives).  We then walk through the woods past Causey Arch (a bridge which is the oldest surviving single-arch railway bridge in the world).


Chopwell Wood Nordic Walk

This 7 mile walk will take us on a journey back in time. 


Corbridge and Dilston Nordic Walk

A Nordic walk starting next to the river in Corbridge and walking along the river to Dilston.  We will have lunch near DIlston Physic Garden before walking through Park Wood, Dukeshouse Wood and Cock Wood before heading back to Corbridge for cake and tea.


Cresswell Beach Nordic Walk

Unfortunately due to the state of the footpath for a large section of the original route, the route has changed. 


Druridge Bay Country Park Nordic Walk

A 5 mile walk starting in Druridge Bay Country Park taking us around Ladyburn Lake within the Country Park.  We will then leave the Country Park and walk along the beach to Hauxley Nature Reserve before returning back to the Country Park.


Evening Nordic Walk - Trip to the Trenches, Rothbury

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


FREE - Nordic Walking - Taster Session - Kirkharle

New – why not come along and try Nordic Walking completely free of charge.


FREE - Nordic Walking - Taster Session - Lake District

New – why not come along and try Nordic Walking in the Lake District completely free of charge.


FREE - Nordic Walking - Taster Session - Lake District

Why not come along and try Nordic Walking in the Lake District completely free of charge.


FREE - Nordic Walking - Taster Session - Sept

Please choose which 45 minute session you would like to attend.


FREE - Nordic Walking Taster Session - Kirkharle

Nordic Walking taster sessions at Kirkharle, Northumberland.


Nordic Walking Taster Day, Northumberland

FREE - Nordic Walking Taster Session, Kirkharle 2012

Nordic Walking taster sessions at Kirkhale, Northumberland, the home of Shepherds Walks.


Happy Valley Nordic Walk

Starting from Carey Burn Bridge we will head to the top of Brands Hill from where you can see the two highest summits in the Cheviots, Hedgehope and Cheviot itself.


Holywell Dene and Blyth Beach Nordic Walk

This walk takes us through and along Holywell Dene which is a steep sided ancient semi-natural woodland and is traversed by a small river known as the Seaton Burn. Between Old Hartley and Seaton Sluice, where the river enters the sea, the valley widens into a tidal flood plain.


Howick and Craster Nordic Walk

This lovely circular walk will take in both the coast and some lovely picturesque farmland inland.


Hulne Park Nordic Walk

A beautiful 8 mile walk around the parkland estate of the Dukes of Northumberland, with an 18th-century prospect tower and two former monasteries.You must be able to Nordic walk to join this walk.


Nordic Walk - Ingram

This wonderful Nordic Walk explores some of the lower lying hills to the south of Ingram and great time with lots of lambs around.


Nordic Walk - Alnmouth and Lesbury

Alnmouth is one of the most pictureque locations on the Northumberland coast and what a stunning place to start a Nordic Walk.


Nordic Walk - Alnmouth Beach

Another shorter beach walk which is a great surface to Nordic walk on.  After meeting at the car park by the beach, we will go on hit the beach and walk along to Boulmer before turning round and getting back to Alnmouth.  The stretch of beach is amazing. We will then go into Alnmouth to the Village Tearoom (room booked already) for our customary cake and tea. 


Nordic Walk - Alnwick Pastures

This Nordic Walk takes place in front of the stunning backdrop of Alnwick Castle.


Nordic Walk - Alnwick Pastures

This Nordic Walk takes place in front of the stunning backdrop of Alnwick Castle.


Nordic Walk - Alnwick Pastures

This Nordic Walk takes place in front of the stunning backdrop of Alnwick Castle.


Nordic Walk - Bamburgh

What better place to get out and Nordic walk than on the superb coastline that Northumberland has to offer.


Nordic Walk - Bamburgh Beach

What better place to get out and Nordic walk than on the superb coastline that Northumberland has to offer.


Nordic Walk - Bamburgh to Seahouses

This walk will start in Bamburgh and walk along the sands towards the iconic Bamburgh Castle we will then come off the beach and follow the Northumberland Coastal Route passing through fields and along an old railway path towards Seahouses, we will stop for lunch in Seahouses before heading back to Bamburgh along the beach.This is a lovely flat walk which takes in part of the Northumberland Coastal Route.


Nordic Walk - Berwick

This Nordic Walk initially follows the beach andthen passes around Bear's Head and Hud's Head before going inland a little, making for a great walk.


Nordic Walk - Berwick Walking Festival

This Nordic Walk initially follows the beach andthen passes around Bear's Head and Hud's Head before going inland a little, making for a great walk.


Nordic Walk - Cambo

This lovely Nordic walk passes through some of the varied scenery around Wallington Estate and the picturesque village of Cambo.


Nordic Walk - Carriageway Drive

This stunning Nordic Walk takes in the area north of Rothbury and goes along some great tracks, which are undulating, so it really shows off the benefits of Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walk - Circular walk from Craster

The Nordic Walk walk starts in the beautiful fishing village of Craster, famous for itís kippers, which are produced by the smoking of herring.One of the prettiest villages in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - Copper Snout and Clennel Street

This Nordic Walk takes us into the foothills of the Cheviot Hills.


Nordic Walk - Craster

Join us on this Nordic walk where you will be given an insight into the background and many benefits of Nordic walking and given basic instruction if you have not done it before.


Nordic Walk - Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle

The Nordic Walk walk starts in the beautiful fishing village of Craster, famous for its kippers, which are produced by the smoking of herring.  One of the prettiest villages in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - Cresswell and Druridge Bay

After meeting at the car park at Cresswell you will be guided along Druridge Bay beach heading north to Druridge Bay Country Park.


Nordic Walk - Derwent Walk Country Park

The Derwent Walk Country Park is a mixture of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, riverside and reclaimed industrial sites all linked by the Derwent Walk.


Nordic Walk - Derwent Walk Country Park

The Derwent Walk Country Park is a mixture of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, riverside and reclaimed industrial sites all linked by the Derwent Walk.


Nordic Walk - Druridge Bay

Druridge Bay Country Park includes three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large lake surrounded by woods and meadows, therefore it makes for an ideal location for a Nordic Walk.


Nordic Walk - Druridge Bay and Cresswell Beach

This beach Nordic walk starts off at Druridge Links and will head off south along the beach towards Cresswell.


Nordic Walk - Druridge Bay Country Park

After meeting at Druridge Bay country park we will head off around the lake on the brilliant path which could have been made for Nordic Walking on.


Nordic Walk - Edlingham

This lovely Nordic Walk walk has so much going for it. Donít be scared to arrive a little early so you can visit Edlingham Castle. Edlingham Castle has its origins in a house built by John de Edlingham in the 12th century, which was subsequently strengthened and fortified over the next three centuries.


Nordic Walk - Elsdon

This Nordic Walk will pass through some of the lovely countryside that surrounds Elsdon.With this walk being in late April we will pass through fields of lambs and Nordic Walk along tracks and footpaths.


Nordic Walk - Greenleighton

A totally unique Nordic Walk where I will take you on a lovely walk that explores Greenleighton Farm which  is the farm Jon, the Shepherd of Shepherds Walks is the farm I used to Shepherd on and Jane (the lady leading the walk) used to live on.


Nordic Walk - Happy Valley

This lovely walk explores one of the most picturesque areas of the Cheviots, Happy Valley.


Nordic Walk - Hauxley Nature Reserve and Coast

Hauxley Nature reserve was created following opencast mining on the site.


Nordic Walk - Hauxley Nature Reserve and Coast

Hauxley Nature reserve was created following opencast mining on the site.


Nordic Walk - Herrington Park and Penshaw

A 10 mile walk around Herrington Country Park and Penshaw Monument.


Nordic Walk - Holy Island

Holy Island is a truly special place and this Nordic Walk gets you well away from the crowds.


Nordic Walk - Holystone

This great area of northumberland is rich in history and heritage and is a real pleasure to Nordic Walk through.


Nordic Walk - Howick and Coastal Path

This lovely circular Nordic Walk will take in both the coast and some lovely picturesque farmland inland.


Nordic Walk - Humbleton Hill

This is a great Nordic Walk talking in Humbleton Hill which is the site of an ancient hill fort built about 300BC.  The other claim to fame for Humbleton Hill is the battle between the Scots lead by Archibald Earl of Douglas and the English by Harry ĎHotspurí Percy on 14th Sept. 1402, The Scots defeat was due to the firepower of the English archers.


Nordic Walk - Kielder

Change of walk due to closure of Bull Crag shortcut.


Nordic Walk - Kirk Yetholm and Wideopen Hill

This walk takes in part of the St Cuthberts Challenge Walk. 


Nordic Walk - Kirkharle

This 5 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle Estate, with its contrasting landscape.Initially the walk follows a recently opened permissive route, which takes you along a breathtaking tree-lined avenue.You then gradually climb and look down on the hamlet of Kirkwhelpington with St Bartholomews church standing tall.


Nordic Walk - Kirkharle - April

This 5 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle Estate, with its contrasting landscape.Initially the walk follows a recently opened permissive route, which takes you along a breathtaking tree-lined avenue.You then gradually climb and look down on the hamlet of Kirkwhelpington with St Bartholomews church standing tall.


Nordic Walk, Kirkharle, Northumberland

Nordic Walk - Kirkharle - July

This 5 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle Estate, with its contrasting landscape. Initially the walk follows a recently opened permissive route, which takes you along a breathtaking tree-lined avenue.You then gradually climb and look down on the hamlet of Kirkwhelpington with St Bartholomews church standing tall.


Nordic Walk - Kirkharle - March

This 5 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle Estate, with its contrasting landscape.Initially the walk follows a recently opened permissive route, which takes you along a breathtaking tree-lined avenue.You then gradually climb and look down on the hamlet of Kirkwhelpington with St Bartholomews church standing tall.


Nordic Walk - Kirkharle - Oct

This 5 mile Nordic Walk explores the Kirkharle Estate, with its contrasting landscape.Initially the walk follows a recently opened permissive route, which takes you along a breathtaking tree-lined avenue.You then gradually climb and look down on the hamlet of Kirkwhelpington with St Bartholomews church standing tall.


Nordic Walk - Newton by the Sea

A shorter picturesque nordic walk (4 miles) along the beach from Newton by the Sea towards Dunstanburgh Castle.


Nordic Walk - Old Rothbury Railway Line

After meeting in Rothbury this walk will cross to south of the River Coquet before following the old Rothbury Branch Line, which is brilliant to Nordic Walk along.


Nordic Walk - Pauperhaugh

A Nordic Walk starting at the home of Shepherds Walks in the centre of Rothbury and taking us along the Rothbury Railway line to Pauperhaugh before returning back to Rothbury. 


Nordic Walk - Pilgrims Causeway to and from Holy Island

Nordic Walking barefoot across the Pilgrims Causeway from Holy Island back to Northumberland is one of the best walking experiences you will have in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island

Nordic Walking barefoot across the Pilgrims Causeway from Holy Island back to Northumberland is one of the best walking experiences you will have in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island

Nordic Walking barefoot across the Pilgrims Causeway from Holy Island back to Northumberland is one of the best walking experiences you will have in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Island - Sept

Nordic Walking barefoot across the Pilgrims Causeway from Holy Island back to Northumberland is one of the best walking experiences you will have in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - Pilgrims Causeway to Holy Islandt

Nordic Walking barefoot across the Pilgrims Causeway from Holy Island back to Northumberland is one of the best walking experiences you will have in Northumberland.


Nordic Walk - River Coquet

Put your newly found skills into practice.


Nordic Walk - Rothbury

This stunning Nordic Walk takes in the area north of Rothbury and goes along some great tracks, which are undulating, so it really shows off the benefits of Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walk - Rothbury

This stunning Nordic Walk takes in the area north of Rothbury and goes along some great tracks, which are undulating, so it really shows off the benefits of Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walk - Rothbury Carriageway Drive - July

This stunning Nordic Walk takes in the area north of Rothbury and goes along some great tracks, which are undulating, so it really shows off the benefits of Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walk - Rothbury Carriageway Drive - September

Why not join us in the morning to learn how to Nordic Walk and then put the technique into practise in the afternoon, on this beautiful walk.


Nordic Walk - Rothbury Forest

This Nordic Walk will start from the picnic car park below Simonside.


Nordic Walk - Rothbury Railway Line

After meeting in Rothbury this walk will cross to south of the River Coquet before following the old Rothbury Branch Line, whioch is brilliant to Nordic walk along.


Nordic Walk - Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, South Shields

This is a great walk along the Leas in South Shields.  


Nordic Walk - St Cuthberts Cave

After meeting at St Cuthberts Cave National Trust car park you will be guided through some attractive farmland to Swinhoe Farm before heading out to St Cuthbertís Cave.


Nordic Walk - St Cuthberts Cave

This Nordic Walk takes-in several distinctly different environments along the route including arable and pastoral farmland, coniferous plantation woodland, open moor, the sites of former bell pits and more recent peat extraction, even the remains of a dam that failed dramatically in 1948.  From the crests of the modest west facing Fell Sandstone escarpments there are excellent views of the coast towards Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands and on a clear day the silhouettes of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castles are easy to see.  To the west the Cheviots stand out above the broad valley forming the Cheviot Fringe.


Nordic Walk - Swarland Wood

Swarland Wood is situated on the edge of the village of Swarland south of Alnwick. The wood has a mix of tree varieties. There are a number of paths through the wood and we can also access Stretton Wood via a path through the Percy Wood Golf Course. A lovely flat walk with a great tea room at the end.


Nordic Walk - Trip to the Trenches, Rothbury

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


Nordic Walk - Wall

This is our first Nordic Walk around the area around Hadrian's Wall.


Nordic Walk - Warkworth - Amble

This walk starts beside the river in Warkworth and we will walk along the river towards Amble using the cycle/path route and on the way back we will head past Warkworth castle before dropping onto the river path back to the middle of Warkworth.  This is a short but beautiful walk between two very different towns.


Nordic Walk - Warkworth Coast

This Nordic walk will start off with a quick refresher course on the beach. We will split the group into experienced and less experienced for this. The refresher will hopefully benefit everybody.


Nordic Walk - Warkworth to Alnmouth

A great Nordic Walk along a vast expanse of beach towards Alnmouth before we leave the beach via the dunes and join the cycle path to Alnmouth.


Nordic Walk - Warkworth to Alnmouth

A great Nordic Walk along a vast expanse of beach towards Alnmouth before we leave the beach via the dunes and join the cycle path to Alnmouth.


Nordic Walk - Whitton Hillhead

This is one of the best medium length walks we have in Northumberland and with much of it being on tracks it makes for a superb Nordic Walk.


Nordic Walk - Whitton Hillhead

This is one of the best medium length walks we have in Northumberland and with much of it being on tracks it makes for a superb Nordic Walk.


Nordic Walk - Whitton Hillhead, Rothbury

This is one of the best medium length walks we have in Northumberland and with much of it being on tracks it makes for a superb Nordic Walk.It is a nice gentle walk that climbs up to 212 metres (700 ft) at Whitton Hillhead, where beautiful views of the Simonside hills of Northumberland can be seen.


Nordic Walk - Windy Gyle

This is Jon's all time favourite walk in Northumberland. Apart from the Cheviot itself it must be one of the most known summits in Northumberland but luckily its relative isolation seems to keep a lot of people away.Following on from the success of our Copper Snout walk in 2015 we thought we would take you to another impressive hill in the Cheviots.


Nordic Walk Challenge - 14 miles

This 14 mile Nordic walk is guided by a fully qualified Nordic Walking instructor.


Nordic Walk Challenge - 7.5 miles

This 7.5 mile Nordic walk is guided by a fully qualified Nordic walking instructor.


Nordic Walk Challenge 2016 - 14 miles

This 14 mile Nordic walk is guided by a fully qualified Nordic Walking instructor.


Nordic Walk Challenge 2016 - 7.5 miles

This 7.5 mile Nordic walk is guided by a fully qualified Nordic walking instructor.


Nordic Walk Challenge Belford to Holy Island

After the great success of last year we are again holding a Nordic Walk Challenge in Northumberland.


Nordic Walking taster session, Northumberland

Nordic Walking - Taster Session

During the taster session our fully qualified Nordic Walking trainers will take you through the basics of Nordic Walking. You will have plenty of time to learn the basics and see what all the fuss is about.


Nordic Walking taster session

Nordic Walking - Taster Session - March

Please choose which 45 minute session you would like to attend.


Nordic Walking - Training Morning

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. 


Nordic Walking - Training Morning - April

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. 


Nordic Walking Course, Northumberland

Nordic Walking - Training Morning - July

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. 


Nordic Walking - Training Morning - July

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. 


Nordic Walking - Training Morning - March

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. 


Nordic Walking - Training Morning - Nov 2016

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. Just by walking with poles you can burn up to 46% more calories than walking without! No getting out of breadth, no puffing and panting, just your normal pace of walking! 


Nordic Walking - Training Morning, Rothbury

This training morning has been specifically designed to provide you with an introduction to Nordic Walking and the many health benefits associated with it. 


Nordic Walking for beginners - Druridge Bay

Druridge Bay Country Park includes three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large lake surrounded by woods and meadows, therefore it makes for an ideal location for a Nordic Walk.


Nordic Walking for beginners - Druridge Bay 3

Druridge Bay Country Park includes three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large lake surrounded by woods and meadows, therefore it makes for an ideal location for a Nordic Walk.


Nordic Walking for beginners 1 - Bolam Lake

This Nordic Walk walk takes place in the 100-acre beauty spot of Bolam Lake, which is an ideal location for Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walking for beginners 1 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place on the banks of the River Coquet, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 1 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place on the banks of the River Coquet, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 10 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 11 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 2 - Bolam Lake

This Nordic Walk walk takes place in the 100-acre beauty spot of Bolam Lake, which is an ideal location for Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walking for beginners 2 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start on the banks of the River Coquet, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 2 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start on the banks of the River Coquet, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 3 - Bolam Lake

This Nordic Walk walk takes place in the 100-acre beauty spot of Bolam Lake, which is an ideal location for Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walking for beginners 3 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place on the edge of Rothbury, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 3 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place on the edge of Rothbury, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 4 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place in the countryside around Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 4 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place on the edge of Rothbury, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 5 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 5 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will take place on the edge of Rothbury, a great spot with a breathtaking backdrop.


Nordic Walking for beginners 6 - Bolam Lake

This Nordic Walk walk takes place in the 100-acre beauty spot of Bolam Lake, which is an ideal location for Nordic Walking.


Nordic Walking for beginners 6 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 6 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 7 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 8 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking for beginners 9 - Rothbury

This mornings Nordic Walk will start and finish in Rothbury.


Nordic Walking Taster Session - Rothbury

Please choose which 45 minute session you would like to attend.


Northumberlandia - the Lady of the North

Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46 acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform.


NW06 - Nordic Walk - Elsdon

This Nordic Walk is for people who are already Nordic Walking. Coaching will be given throughout the walk, but it is not a training course.


NW07 - Nordic Walk - Holy Island

This Nordic Walk is for people who are already Nordic Walking. Coaching will be given throughout the walk, but it is not a training course. 


Plessey Wood Country Park Nordic Walk

This Nordic walk will start in and around Plessey Wood Country Park and will take us along the riverside before returning back to the Country Park.


Rearranged Nordic Walk - Lesbury

This walk starts in the picturesque village of Lesbury.


RWF11.8 - Nordic Walking - taster session

This training course is part of the Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival.


Simonside Nordic Walk - 13th December 2015

This is our last Nordic walk of 2015 and I hope you will agree it is a great way to end the year and also to clear our minds before the Christmas rush.


Stanley Burn Wood Nordic Walk

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE:  ORIGINAL DATE IS MOTHER'S DAY


The Cheviot Nordic Walk

We received a request to Nordic walk up the highest hill in the Cheviot Range, The Cheviot itself.  This is a very difficult walk which takes in dramatic views en route.


Thrunton Wood Nordic Walk

This 8 mile Nordic walk takes in the Forestry Commission's Crag Top and Castle Hill Walks. 


Whitton Hillhead Nordic Walk

This is one of my favourite shorter walk that we have in Northumberland and it is a superb Nordic Walk.


Whitton Hillhead Nordic Walk

A variation on the traditional Whitton Hillhead walk, this will take in sections of that walk, combined with parts of other walks in the Rothbury area. Sections from the Carriageway Drive walk and Coquet Valley Challenge are used to increase the length and make it a little more challenging. The benefit of this is a change in scenery from the traditional walk, views from both sides of the valley and more time to enjoy the beauty of the Rothbury area.