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Sat 17th December 2011

Nordic Walking Intergenerational club

Nordic Walking  Intergenerational club

We had a hugely successful Nordic Walking programme in Berwick, introducing many schools to Nordic Walking, with over 1000 children from different schools experiencing Nordic Walking in 6 week blocks. We ran this over a school year.

Due to the success of the exercise we set up a small intergenerational Nordic Walking club so that parents and grand parents could walk with their children and grandchildren.

This short video was shot at the end of the first six week session, when they headed onto a (windy) beach at Berwick.

Sun 27th November 2011

Whitton Hillhead Nordic Walk

Whitton Hillhead Nordic Walk

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.

Mon 24th October 2011

Budle Bay, Bamburgh

Budle Bay, Bamburgh

The weather forecast was for a nice October day, but as we all pulled our boots on the drizzle was starting to fall. On the plus side the car park machine was not working, which was a real bonus at the start of the walk and with everybody turning up early it was great to get away on time.

As we skirted Bamburgh Castle, passing the recently set up Zip Wire we headed towards the coast and headed north up the Northumberland Coastal Path. The 64 miles / 103 km long Northumberland Coast Path forms part of the international North Sea Trail. This long distance path starts at the small village of Cresswell in the south and ends in the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed in the north.

As the drizzle stopped we approached and followed the path through the golf course. Bamburgh Castle golf club was founded in 1904 by Lord Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside, with the support of his friends, after the failure of two earlier courses on the links between Bamburgh and Seahouses. This effort was on a larger scale. He donated the clubhouse and funded the development of the course, which was laid out on leased land from one of his Newcastle based friends and colleagues, Mr Cruddas.

We continued a little further up the coast before arriving at Budle Bay, a bird sanctuary. At low tide a large amount of mud flats are exposed and therefore is home to many thousands of sea and land birds.

After skirting around the edge of Waren Mill we again joined the Northumberland Coastal Path for our return trip passing lime kilns and the caravan site, before being treated to one of my favourite approaches into Bamburgh. Approaching Bamburgh from the highest point on the walk, with Bamburgh Castle in the distance is a view which I think really shows the imposing castle off superbly.

It was again a lovely walk, a truly relaxed walk and with lots of like minded people on the walk it made for a brilliant atmosphere. Thanks everybody for coming along and I look forward to seeing you all again sometime.