Warkworth to Hauxley Nature Reserve – 6th January 2018

This was the inaugural walk for Strolls With Poles.

Guide:  Julie
Volunteers/helpers:  Martin and Ruth
Weather: Windy, slight hail shower, sunshine
Distance:  10 miles

A beautiful walk taking us past Warkworth Castle, along the River Coquet,through Amble and  along the sand dunes to the café in Hauxley Nature Reserve (http://www.nwt.org.uk/reserves/hauxley).  We had a short stop for tea, soup and scones before making our way back.

We took a slightly different route back dropping onto the sand where the benefits of Nordic walking really show as the sand is a great surface for getting the most out of your technique.

Once back in Warkworth some of the group headed to Bertram’s café (https://www.bertrams.co.uk/) to enjoy Cullen skink, mac and cheese and various cakes as well as lots of tea.

The next walk is along the Whitburn Coastal path from Seaburn to Marsden Grotto.

I look forward to seeing you then.



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Good wishes

I am so grateful to my wonderful Nordic walkers.  These are just a few of the good wishes I received following the start of Strolls with Poles

“Congratulations on your new venture”

“Hope the business goes really well.”

“Good to see you ‘stepping’ out on your own. I like the longer walks in your program for next year.
Good luck with Strolls with Poles and we hope to see you in the New Year.”

“I’m glad to hear that you will continue to lead the walks.”

“Good luck with the new venture, and see you in the New Year!”

“Thank you keeping me in the loop and I am delighted to hear of your new venture”

“Good luck with the new venture and hope to see you on 27th Jan God willing! Have a super Christmas and New Year and keeeep Strolling !!”

“Wishing you luck in your new adventure and all the best for 2018.”

“Fabulous news.
Yes keep me up to date with what’s going on please.”

“Programme looks good, I presume there would be scope to add in the odd walk if someone came up with a good idea.
Well done”

“The programme looks good, at least we are getting together at least twice a month which is better than the once a month.
I hope it really kicks off for you, I will be at as many as I can get to.”

“Have had a quick look at the programme for Jan-Aug 2018… like what you’ve got. Lots of variety & different distances to challenge those wanting longer walks. Looks good!  Also like that you’ve got some “challenge walks in there too.”

“That’s fab. Good for you.”

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Fame for the Nordic Nuts

Fame for the Nordic Nuts.  Tree-mendous news, in time for Christmas Walkers beside the new tree, which has been decorated.

A popular Christmas tree which was cut down – sparking an angry response from locals – has been replaced for the festive season. The tree in the Simonside hills was something of a local landmark, with walkers making the trek each year to decorate it. But it was recently cut down by the Forestry Commission, as part of work to maintain the area’s habitat. The Commission said it was unaware of its local importance and has now planted a new tree, which has subsequently been decorated. A spokeswoman said: “It will remain for the festive period. But it will have to come down again after Christmas as the site is a designated SSSI. The tree stake will remain in place so that the annual tradition can continue.“ – Northumberland Gazette

Read more at: https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/tree-mendous-news-in-time-for-christmas-1-8920452

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“My muscles didn’t like getting out of bed this morning!”

“My muscles didn’t like getting out of bed this morning!”

Does this sound familiar?

This was a quote from a walker after our Christmas Nordic Walk. She rushed off before the stretching session.

The cool down is as important as the warm up!

We all know that the warm up prepares our muscles for the exercise we are about to enjoy. However the cool down is just as vital to help muscles to recover quicker.

When you do any exercise, lactic acid builds up in your muscles and this can lead to muscle soreness (also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)).

The cool down after Nordic walking helps return your body to its resting state. It increases blood flow to your muscles and joints, which can help prevent soreness and allow your joints to move through their full range of motion. After your Nordic walk, you should always perform static stretches to reap these benefits.

What I would like to hear after every Nordic walk is “I wasn’t aching at all it shows how worthwhile taking the few minutes to stretch/cool down is!”

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