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Sun 12th June 2016

Blog - Alnmouth Beach Nordic Walk

Blog - Alnmouth Beach Nordic Walk

Oh dear the weather forecast was not great but everyone arrived early, poles handed out and warm up took place on the sand.  As always I introduced my volunteers Laura and Ruth.  Martin, who was taking photos and some video footage.

I explained that some members of the group had asked if we could walk quicker and that I would be at the front and Laura and Ruth would be at the back and in the middle.  I reminded everyone of the technique and off we headed.

A flat beach walk is great to check how good your technique is, the less drag the better.  We noticed that a couple of the group were dragging their poles.  I will analyse the video footage and work on technique with people.

We headed towards Boulmer and the group quickly found their own pace.

We got to an area of rocks which we all negotiated without falling, although as usual I nearly went over.  Next up was an area of very smelly seaweed.  It was not pleasant.  This led to a detour (yes I know it wouldn't be a Julie walk without a detour).

John was telling everyone at the front which birds we could see these included sandwich terns (which were great to watch diving into the sea), heron, black headed gull, pied wagtails, shelduck, sand martin, female eider duck.  We also saw pyramidal orchid, bloody cranesbill and crosswort..

We got to Boulmer (2.5 miles) and stopped for everyone to catch up.  Carol decided to be the one to draw in the sand, a heart with Nordic Nuts and the date.

I explained to everyone that the route was changing and we would be taking in some of the Coastal Challenge route.

We came off the beach and walked along passing a few smaller groups.  One of the groups stopped to talk to the people at the back and asked if we were the Nordic Nuts?  Famous!!!

We dropped back on the beach and headed back to the cars again we were well stretched out.

Poles returned we headed up to the Village Teashop in Alnmouth, where we just about took over the two rooms.  Fantastic service, sandwiches (especially the crab), scones and cake.  Highly recommended.

Thank you to everyone for making this yet another fully booked and enjoyable walk.  My thanks as always to Laura, Ruth and Martin for their help.

See you all very soon, I hope.

Julie x

Wed 25th May 2016

A Cheviot Classic

A Cheviot Classic

We gathered at Wedders Leap deep in Upper Coquetdale. It was a warm and sunny start to the walk and the surrounding hills looked lovely. As we went up Barrow Law the views back up the valley were quite wonderful. As we walked we picked up on points of historical interest and contemplated the murder of poor Isabella Sudden.

We took lunch at the summit of Wyndy Gyle (619m). Shortly after we were hit by a hail storm but it soon passed and we went in search of feral goats. They must have been sheltering somewhere else because they didnít come out to be looked at. The descent from the summit gave us wonderful views and we anticipated the joy of tea and cake on returning to Barrowburn. But the Tea Shop was closed!!

As we said our good byes it was evident that we had all enjoyed the day.

Mon 16th May 2016

Blog - Kirk Yetholm and Wideopen Hill Nordic Walk

Blog - Kirk Yetholm and Wideopen Hill Nordic Walk

A long journey to the start of the walk at Kirk Yetholm for most of the Nordic Nuts.

As well as some regular Nuts we had a few who had only been on a couple of walks and a total newbie, welcome to the Nordic Nuts Louise.

Welcomes made and a round of introductions as requested by Carol.
Martin led the way at quite a pace whilst everyone else followed and whichever pace they were comfortable with.

First up was a bit of road (not our favourite surface) before we headed upwards towards Wideopen Hill. Lots of chatter, as always and Russell and Steve (the unofficial photographers) were snapping away.  You have to be on your toes as you don't know what photographs they are taking.

We got to the bottom of the hill we were about to climb, this was the point of the walk that "Elbows" was to decide if he could carry on as he was carrying an injury - of course he did. Catherine, Carol and Marilyn asked if the top of the hill we could see was our destination.  I had to disappoint them and said "no, you can't see the point we are going to".

Kirsten, Paul, Martin, Angela, Martyn and Chris started off at a good pace, meanwhile the rest of us made our way up at our own pace.  I dropped to the back to encourage those who weren't able to go as fast, stopping "to admire the view" when they needed to.

The weather on the day was fantastic, bright sunshine and a very slight breeze.  It is the first time I have been to the top of Wideopen Hill and there not be a strong wind.

We made it to the top of Wideopen Hill, the highest point of St Cuthbert's Way with no problems, although some of the stiles were challenging for our shorter Nuts!

At the top lots of photographs were taken to document the achievement of everyone and a well earned break for lunch, cue some light hearteded leg pulling by Russell with Marilyn who had brought a knife and fork.  I told the group about the walks coming up and there was lots of interest in the Windy Gyle walk in June.

We headed back down the hill, no stopping this time although I am not sure how the nordic walking technique was when we were coming downhill as it is quite a skill.  We got to the road again and then along the path beside the river walking past a couple of cows and their calves they kept their eye on us as we passed them.

We got back to Kirk Yetholm and the cars, when I checked my GPS watch it showed only 8.09 miles.  Angela "Mrs Elbows" wasn't happy so she walked around the green in Kirk Yetholm until she got to 9 miles (as advertised), we all stretched and cooled down whilst she finished her 9 miles and then we all headed into the Border Hotel for some light refreshments in the garden.

I hope you all had a great day, I really enjoyed it.  I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Thank you to Martin, Laura and Ruth for their help as the Nordic Nuts volunteers.

Julie x