September Newsletter

August was a great month for our walks, but with changeable weather.  

To see our walks coming up in September pop to the website: 

We, as always, thank you for continuing to support us. 

How did August go?

The weather was varied in August but this did not put us off. 

We headed down to Swainby in North Yorkshire.  We were joined by Maggie (who had been to our Advanced training) and her instructor, Hanne.  It was a beautiful day and a lovely walk.

Next up was a very wet Swarland Wood walk.  The torrential rain, which we all woke up to, put off some but Mary, Ken and Sharon braved the weather.  We also met up with Audrey in the tearoom afterwards.

Julie ended up visiting Thrunton Wood four times in the month. She was contacted by Mauro, an Italian Nordic walker, who was on holiday in the UK and visited Newcastle for a few days. As we didn't have a walk during the week Julie arranged an extra walk before our rearranged walk that was originally to be held in March.  Claire, Chris H, Chris A and Ruth joined us as they were unable to make the Saturday walk.  The Saturday walk had another newbie walk with us, Ally.  Lastly Julie, Anne, Sharon and Sue all headed up to pick bilberry, cowberry and blackberries.

On the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend Julie and Martin re-recce'd the Newbiggin and Carriers' Way (Blanchland) walk.  You may remember this walk was cancelled earlier in the year due to the snow we experienced.  The walk was much nicer in the sunshine, but still challenging.

If you would like to read more about any of these trips there are blogs for all of them on the website

What's happening in September?

As always we have listened to our customers.  We have been asked for shorter as well as our customary longer walks. 

On 1st September we have the rearranged Newbiggin and Carriers' Way (Blanchland) walk.  

We are holding another beginners training session on Sunday 2nd September on Alnmouth Beach.  If you know anyone who may be interested please let them know of this training session.  Everyone is welcome so even if you know how to Nordic walk if you would like to brush up on your skills then please join us. 

The 8th September sees the first of our shorter walks in this month.  We will be visiting the iconic Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall.  This walk is 5 miles.  

As you know we try not to duplicate walks however there are some that we have been asked to repeat.  The 15th sees the first of these.  If you have never walked across the sands to Holy Island on the Pilgrim's Causeway then this is a date for your diary.  The walk in total from car park to Holy Island and back is 9 miles.  Don't worry we have a good break on the Island.  You can walk barefoot or in wellies, everyone has their own preference.  

On the day after we have another advanced training session at Bamburgh.  This session will take your walking to that stage where you will be burning the 46% more calories.  

Lastly on 23rd September is another shorter walk at Wall which is just before Chollerford.  The walk takes us to St Oswald’s Church and Heavenfield, the end of St Oswald’s Way.
Newbiggin and Carrier's Way (Blanchland)
Sycamore Gap
Pilgrim's Causeway

Do you have difficulty getting to our walks?

As our walks are in various areas of the North East we understand some people have difficulty in travelling to them.  If you have any problems please let us know and we can try to arrange car share.  

Who are Strolls With Poles?

We think everyone has heard about our oldest Nordic walker, Fred.  He has been walking with Julie 1:1 since November 2017.  Here is what Karen, Fred's daughter, has sent to us.
"Frederic, at 86 years of age, started Nordic Walking out of pure clinical necessity. Age related conditions and a slight unsteadiness on his feet meant that his former hiking sessions were less enjoyable and more risky.

And almost a year later, after careful coaching, training and support from Julie, Nordic Walking has turned into a major source of pleasure, exercise and inspiration. Frederic is enthusiastic ‘walking proof’ that age is no barrier to enjoying Nordic Walking. He thoroughly enjoys his ‘almost weekly’ classes and walks.

Initially when Frederic’s Spanish Doctor suggested he walked ‘with sticks’. Frederic flatly refused to walk with sticks ‘like old people do’ until Dr Sisti showed him some informative photos - and it was revealed that the ‘sticks’ were actually Nordic Walking poles.

From the very beginning Julie’s classes were interesting and inspirational. And he was keen to learn and progress. As well as keeping Frederic steady of his feet, this sport strengthened his upper arms, straightened his back and improved wellbeing and motivation! So now he can stride for a mile along the shoreline and feels good afterwards.

So don’t be put off if you’re older or infirm!!  Age is no barrier and you can progress comfortably at your own speed and within your own limitations. Thanks Julie!!


Malham and Hawes, Yorkshire Dales

Would you be interested in a weekend of walking?

Check out the blog, on the website, about these two walks.  They are both beautiful but very different.   

We are toying with the idea of hiring a bunkhouse (like a youth hostel) and staying over for a weekend of walking on 6th and 7th October.  The 6th is a longer walk and the 7th is a shorter walk. Please let us know if you are interested.

Walks coming up in 2018

We are busy putting the rest of our walks for 2018 onto the website.  However we thought it would be useful to let you know dates and the name of the walk we have planned.  Further details will be added to the website as soon as we have them.

1st September - Newbiggin and the Carriers' Way (Blanchland)
2nd September - Beginners Training session - Alnmouth Beach
8th September - Sycamore Gap
15th September - Pilgrim's Causeway
16th September - Advanced Training session - Bamburgh Beach
23rd September – Wall
29th September – Copper Snout
6th October – Malham, North Yorkshire 
7th October – Hawes, North Yorkshire 
14th October – Roseberry Topping
28th October – High and Low Force
3rd November – Warkworth to Alnmouth
10th November – St Cuthberts’ Cave
24th November – Ponteland
1st December – Derwent Walk, Thornley Woodlands Centre
8th December – Christmas walk inc mulled wine and mince pies

Making it easier to pay for walks

It has been brought to our attention that some of you don't use online banking, preferring to use cash or cheques.

The "Wallet" facility which was new on our website last month could be for you.  

To utilise this facility if you pay Julie in cash (e.g. £30 for 3 longer walks) even though you haven't booked on yet, we would add a credit to your account and when you book a walk the balance would automatically reduce.  

If this is something you would like to try, just let Julie know at the next walk. 
The Wallet allows you to credit your account with a sum of money.  This credit facility works in the same way as when you buy walks.  No money or bank account details are stored on the site.  You simply click on "Wallet topup" and choose how much you want to credit your account with.  You can use this credit to buy walks without paying every time you book a walk.  Any transactions can be viewed under "Transactions".

Training Sessions

We have added another two training sessions onto our programme.  As always they include a walk, to practice what you are taught. 

As you may be aware we follow the INWA 10 Step Method™ and, to date, most people have been taught up to step 6.  Don't worry it's not difficult to learn the advanced technique but it will take your Nordic walking to another level and help to burn EVEN MORE calories.

There will be two separate sessions:
Beginners (steps 1-6) - 2nd September at Alnmouth Beach
Advanced (steps 7-10) - 16th September at Bamburgh Beach

Details are on the website now.
Steps 1-6 training
Steps 7-10 training

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