ONWARDS AND UPWARDS – 2020 WEEKEND WALKS – CHRISTMAS EVENTS / PRESENTS
I am constantly impressed by the fitness gains of our walkers. New walkers most usually find themselves somewhere near the back of the group on their first walks and often comment on the speediness of those powering up ahead. (Fear not, with the whistle / loop back strategy, we aim to remain as one group as long as you choose the right walk for you!) But after just a few weeks of consistent walking and technique advice there’s a marked change. Both speed and stamina improve, often dramatically. The reason is multi-faceted:
- Heart and lungs are working more efficiently (improved posture plays a big part here);
- Technique is improving;
- Muscles are strengthening;
- Confidence is increasing.
It’s sometimes not easy to see these improvements yourself so benchmarking your fitness is worthwhile and something we highly recommend. It’s relevant for both the beginner and the seasoned Nordic walker. Try new classes, challenge yourself to move up to next gear AND invest in good wet weather gear…. …..so you are not deterred by wintery conditions!
2020 WEEKEND ADVENTURE WALKS – WHERE WILL YOUR POLES TAKE YOU?
One of the joys of Nordic walking is the strength and stamina it builds, enabling us to explore with confidence the extraordinary countryside in Norfolk. We have so much on our backdoor step, from reed-fringed broads to vast sandy beaches, ever-changing cityscapes and rural, tiny hamlets off the beaten track. So I am thrilled to be able to share our next series of scenic Weekend Walks which intersperses familiar favourites with new venues. Our walks vary in distance with different levels of difficulty to provide something for everyone.
Here’s what’s on the DELICIOUS Norfolk Nordic Walking Menu at weekends to kickstart 2020:
4th HAPPY NEW YEAR WALK + LUNCH AT HEYDON / EARLE ARMS PUB 4m
11th EARLY BIRD TROWSE TRAILS 6m
18th JOHN’S MILES TO SMILES ADVENTURE 4m
25th WEYBOURNE COAST & UP BEYOND 7m
1st KESWICK MILL CIRCULAR 4.5m / 9m*
8th FULL STEAM AHEAD on the BURE LIGHT RAILWAY 6m / 11m*
16th POSITIVE STEPS HALF MARATHON – MARRIOTT’S WAY
22nd JOHN’S MILES TO SMILES ADVENTURE 4m
(* Those in training for the 16/2 half marathon will be adding extra miieage to these walks)
7th FROM COUNTRY MANOR TO CROMER COAST 6.5m
14th JOHN’S MILES TO SMILES ADVENTURE 4m
28th VICTORIAN GOLDEN TRIANGLE TRAIL 4m
Top tip: Book up early! These walks can get full up FAST and with 15 people max per walk, beat the rush….
BUYING POLES/EQUIPMENT for YOUR CHRISTMAS STOCKING – GO ON! TREAT YOURSELF!
The Nordic Walking Online Store has the largest selection of Nordic poles / paws / clothing / accessories in the UK with discounts for all NWUK members. https://nordicwalking.co.uk/store
Did you know that when you buy items from the NWUK Online Store you can not only claim your 10% membership discount but also AVOID paying p & p? Shop n Drop is the answer – you shop then rather than pay £5 p&p, ‘drop’ your stuff into the Norwich box (on the drop down menu) which gets delivered to Rebecca ONCE a month. You then receive your items at your next walk after the delivery. Simple!
LAST DELIVERY DATE OF 2019: Monday 9th December
As always, we like to throw ourselves into the spirit of Christmas so we are hosting plenty of events and walks to add in the Ho! Ho! Ho! Some of these are already fully booked, but by adding yourself to the Waiting List will at least give you a chance to join in if a place become available.
Saturday 30 Nov Guided Tour of the Cathedral Close + lunch at the Louis Marchesi (NON-NORDIC)
This is a really festive fun day out. John will be our guide for this tour and then we can all warm up by the fire in the pub. Our advice is leave your car at home as the Louis Marchesi is very very welcoming…!
Wed 11 Dec Feel Festive Coastal 5 or 10 miler from Wells to Holkham Circular + lunch half way
A totally magical walk which whatever the weather is stunning. Lunch at Holkham Hall Courtyard Cafe is a total treat and there’s the Coastal Hopper for those who want to return to Wells after 5 miles.
Wed 18th Dec Blicking at Christmas Walk + lunch at Bucks Arms
This will really set us up for the festive season. It’s always such a special treat walking here but with lunch at the Bucks afterwards on the cards, what’s not to like?
Friday 20th Dec Fab Fri-Yay Circular + brunch at Eaton Cafe
We love our Feel-Good Friday walks from Eaton to Earlham and we love the cafe. Let’s truly get to grips with the FAB menu and go beyond the coffee options. Wide range of delish healthy options….
Saturday 21 Dec Twinkling Lights over Norwich + Mulled Wine Walk
Let’s get in the mood for Christmas on our last Saturday walk of 2019. This time with winter warmers thrown in and amazing views over our Fine City from Mousehold.
TIME SHORT BUT WANT TO LEARN TO NORDIC WALK? LIMITED SPACE ON LAST 2 COURSES OF 2019
Sunday 24th Nov Whitlingham Country Park 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 26th Nov/3rd Dec 10am-11am X 2 sessions
Book all walks / tasters / courses at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities