Last week’s walks were undoubtedly chilly! We were lucky to find any Spring flowers such as snowdrops, instead coming across snow, slush and the ever present mud. Kick Start Monday saw us setting off in sleet around Whitlingham woods, however the clouds soon cleared and we walked in glorious sunshine, and found daffodils emerging too.
Too many layers was the problem on Tuesday’s ‘Be the Solution’ fast paced walk as after 10 minutes in Gear 2, we felt positively hot. Mid week and grey clouds and mist descended on the drive over to Blickling Hall whilst the windscreen wipers clears away flecks of wet drizzle and snow. Yet by 10am it had all cleared and we were rewarded by glorious snow covered scenes and also Vitamin D / sunshine too.
The night’s are now starting to pull out, a sure sign that we are heading towards Spring, yet the Head Torch walk is still a great winter warmer. Not always easy to come out after dark, but there’s nothing like pounding the pavements and exploring Norwich as you may not have seen it before. Walks are varied weekly so it’s like a magical mystery tour for sure!
Friday’s Stepping Up walk saw us limbering up under cover of the shelter at Caistor St Edmund; indeed as we strode off we were buffeted by strong gusts and lashing rain. Soon in Gear 2, we overtook a dog walker twice (“…What? You again? How do you do it with those sticks?”) and made it into Gear 3 up the hills. Did we feel good at the end? You bet we did!
At times, this weekend’s Adventure Walk was in parts like an army assault course as the terrain was so varied. Gloves, no gloves, gaiters, no gaiters? What to wear is a common conversation thread for we all know we get hot quickly once we’ve warmed up.
It’s all about overcoming the initial shock of braving the elements and Just Doing It. We always conclude that it’s definitely worth it, that an hour’s brisk (often wet) walking is invigorating and good for the soul, and that booking a walk is an incentive to exercise outside and feel all the benefits.
Just remember, muddy miles = summer smiles! We can all be in it together!
If you find yourself doing less and less exercise as the weather gets colder, then maybe it’s time you booked a block of walks to blitz your way through the winter. The clouds do pass!
DATES FOR THE DIARY
Starting on Thursday 1.30pm – Well Being Walks
This session will focus on all aspects of physical and mental well-being. Strength, fitness, flexibility, core strength and even a bit of mindfulness will all be incorporated to give you an hour of fun and functional exercise.
Walk will be dependent on participants with ample stops.
Ideal for those with concerns about either distance, pace, rehabilitation or certain medical conditions. These gentle walks will be just what you need to build up your confidence and improve your health. Balance, co-ordination and strength exercises will be incorporated.
Tuesday 20th February 1.30pm – Blakeney to Cley Circular Walk
There’s nothing like a walk out along the Coastal Path, through a fascinating landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks, with creeks and channels twisting and turning into the far distance. This is renowned as a designated area of natural beauty – where better to glide along with the poles and experience the magic…?
24th February Bramerton Water’s Edge 10am Riverside and Wherryman’s Way Walk and (optional) drink / lunch in pub
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LEARN TO NORDIC WALK in 3 HOURS @UEA
Sunday 25th February 10am – 1.30pm (with breaks!)
Ideal for those who are eager to get started, learn the techniques of Nordic walking and walk away after a 3.5 hour session with their NWUK Passport.
This intensive session will teach you all the gears, add in fun motivational drills and equip you to join any of our Norfolk Nordic Walks.
Book now at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities
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Become a Premier Member and do any number of our regular walks for just £6 per week. Just sign up for our monthly direct debit. Convenient and total quality YOU TIME.
Includes all longer Adventure walks too!