SPICE IT UP!
Variety is the spice of life – right? The same old, over and over, can get repetitive and boring. Even your favourite food can taste dull if eaten day in, day out. So, it’s the same with exercise too, like getting on a relentless treadmill unless you spice it up and mix it up. And yes, that includes walking too. How many of us have a couple of favourite walks and retrace our steps time and time again?
Our aim at Norfolk Nordic Walking is to take you on walking adventures to places you never knew existed, even though they are in fact on your backdoor step. Last Saturday we gathered in front of a converted double-decker bus situated (nearly) on Mulbarton Common and took stock of the weather. Certainly no temperatures to rival those of Madrid as the EDP had predicted! We then set off, down tracks, across fields (and some very deep furrows filled with mud) and out into the Great Beyond. The stillness of a Spring morning was undoubtedly interrupted by our chatter (or cries of ‘Which way next?” from the front-runners in the group) but, for all of us, new routes were discovered. A 5 mile walk soon flies past, and then it’s time for a refreshing tea up on the top-deck of the bus. Great way to start a Saturday!
On Tuesday we set off from the very understated (almost invisible) car park opposite Eaton Waitrose and headed off along The Loke through Cringleford’s sleepy backwaters. We soon were off-piste and heading up through tree-lined avenues towards Keswick Hall, skirting ploughed fields and catching glimpes of deer! Yes really! Passing the tiny round towered church at Keswick, we then headed down a twisting lane to the mill, frothing with noise and life. At that point, everyone in the group shared the feeling of being in the middle of somewhere totally ‘new’ – far flung from Norwich, yet so near too! Back across marshes, through stiles and along a river towards Eaton and back to familiarity again. Just goes to prove that gems of walks exist right under our noses!
Come and join us on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons and be surprised by where these walks can lead you. These 4-6 mile walks are moderate pace (1.5 -2 hour) exploring different locations around the Norwich area and beyond! The location will change every week. Great walks for those who like a really good leg stretch each week in varied locations…Have a look at the schedules below!
Let Norfolk amaze you! Book your place at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities
Nordic walking targets 90% of your muscles and you burn 45% more calories. You are abs are contracting at each step. On average you take 1000 steps for every kilometre, which can be walked in about 15 minutes. That means you are abs are contracting 1000 times in 15 minutes. That’s almost like trying to do 1000 sit ups in 15 minutes. Could you do that many? Why is it important to target the abs? it helps build a strong core which can the eliminate a lot of issues such as back ache, or looking older with the hunched back, banana curve shape of your body, and help support the body and improve balance. Think of your core or trunk, as the strong section of the tree. Keep it strong and supple to take on the stresses of the world. Nordic walking also target the whole core, so unlike sit ups and crunchies, you are also working out the outer abs.
Quotes of the week
“My jeans are so much looser than they used to be…”
“I really enjoyed you pushing us to walk harder in Gear 3. Can we do that again!”
“I can’t believe how much more energy I now have.”
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE w/c 16th April
9.30am Kick Start Monday! Whitlingham Country Park – Super way to start your week…
11.30am FREE Taster @ Dussindale
12.15pm Dussindale Lunchtime Livener
1.30pm MILES INTO SMILES Nelson’s Love of the Sea Walk
10am Blickling Hall Midweek Boost Blickling Hall + Muddy Boots Cafe- Mid week fave!!!
1.30pm Well Being Gentler Pace Eaton Park & Yonder!
10.45am FREE Nordic walking Taster at Catton Park
11.30am Catton Park Wellbeing and Feel Good walk
1.45pm Stepping Up (hills) & Back Caistor St Edmund / High Ash Farm – Special spot always…
10.15am FREE Taster @ Eaton
11am Feel Fit and Fab Friday Walk @ Eaton
10am On the Trail of Bluebells @ High Ash Farm
‘TURNING MILES INTO SMILES’ TUESDAY SCHEDULE
17th April: Nelson’s Love of the Sea: This walk takes us around the picturesque villages of the Burnhams and across the salt marshes, stepping possibly in the very footsteps of Horatio Nelson, who was born in the old rectory at Burnham Thorpe in 1758. We will follow waymarked paths and some paved lanes, and we will see the wild salt marshes, mudflats, fields and meadows that make this area outstandingly beautiful. 4 miles of sea air awaits…
24th April: Marston Marsh, Keswick Mill and the River Yare: his walk takes us around parts of the Yare Valley and passes the 18th Century Mill that remained working right up to 1970. We cross rail tracks, rivers and then head back via the spectacular Marston Marshes. St Andrew’s Church in Eaton dates from the 13th Century and has a 15th Century tower. 5 miles of surprises!
1st May: Salhouse May Day Ramble: This lovely walk around the Salhouse area passes Salhouse Hall, which is castellated and mostly 19th Century. We head down narrow paths along field edges, passing several very old cottages in Lower Street, some bearing inscriptions. We follow hedged tracks before coming back down tiny lanes. A fab 5.5 mile walk.
8th May: Dunston Common ‘Views for Miles’ Walk: There are miles of wonderful walks in this area, making it a particular favourite of ours! We will start at Dunston Common, neatly tucked away down down Stoke Lane, and set off from the woods towards the amazing site of Venta Icenorum – once the centre of the Iceni tribe (and later a Roman town). There are plentiful views from the top of the hill where you can see for miles. We will make our way round the remains of the Roman walls and then cross over the River Tas to make our way back. 5 miles
15th May: Mulbarton Common to the Tas Valley Trail: This is a fantastic walk through rolling countryside and along the Tas Valley Trail. It starts in Mulbarton and then takes us across the fields to Swardeston Common. It’s 4 miles so will take us 1.5 hours, and there’s the option for a hot drink at the end.
22nd May: Salthouse Circular ‘From Crab Shack to Coast!’: This beautiful 5 mile (8km) walk starts in the village of Salthouse, directly overlooking the marshes and the sea bank. We will walk upwards and out of this charming North Norfolk village to Salthouse Heath, from which there are extensive views over the coastline from Sheringham down to Blakeney Point and beyond. We will then walk down towards the sea, and join a path to lead us to the beach for the final leg of our journey.
29th May: Yare Valley Adventure: Hall, parkland, river and marsh!: This pretty 4.5 mile walk takes us through woodland, marshes, broad and across the University campus where we will walk next to the Sainsbury Centre. Hills give us an optional opportunity for double-poling, whilst the flat paths along the river are wonderful for enjoying steady Gear 2/3 pace.
WEEKEND WALKING – OUR SATURDAY / SUNDAY SCHEDULE
Sunday 15th April 10am. Holkham Beach and Wells-next-to-Sea Adventure Walk: The air is rich with the scent of the sea as we set off from the back lanes of Wells and out through the village. We will head out towards the sea, and then catch the Coastal Path along to Holkham which skirts the woods. At Holkham we will then stride out towards the sea, across miles of endless sand, over dunes, and back towards the familiar beach huts of Wells. This 6 miler will put a smile on your face as it literally is the best of all worlds. Always a pleasure to get out on the North Norfolk Coast.
21st April On the Bluebell Trail at High Ash Farm: A long peaceful walk along grassy tracks through beautiful rolling countryside and gorgeous woodland. We will make our way up across the farm to Arminghall and experience nature are her best.
28th April Medieval Meanderings through New Buckenham:Stroll along peaceful country lanes around the remarkable medieval planned town of Buckenham and the remains of its ancient, 12th Century castle.
5th May North (Burlingham) meets South (Walsham): Explore a gentle landscape of old and new woodland and orchards, interspersed by hedgerows, country lanes and magnificent churches. There are many different paths around Burlingham but this particular circular walk is 5.5 miles long.
12th May Whitlingham and Trowse Trails: Broad, woodland and meadows are all par of the course on this wonderful walk. A couple of new trails may surprise even the most regular of visitors – so be prepared for an adventure!
20th May Blakeney , Wiveton & Cley Coastal Circular:Sea air, windmills, water meadows, flint cottages, flora and fauna and … then we hit the Coastal path and cross mudflats and sandy creeks en route back to meander down the lokes of Blakeney toward the pub!
26th May Wymondham along the Tiffey Valley Trail:. This walk takes us out through the lovely market town of Wymondham and then out across water meadows and along disused railway lines. Diverse, beautiful and surprising!
10th June Yare Valley Marshes aka “Are we really in Norwich?”: This valley follows the River Yare from Bowthorpe Southern Park all the way to Marston Marsh, which is close to the Ipswich Road, through a range of different habitats, including three Local Nature Reserves – Danby Wood, Marston Marsh and Earlham Woods. The walk also goes by the man-made broad at the University of East Anglia, created in the 1970s.
16th June Rural Norfolk Adventure Reepham to Salle: Enjoy walking through the gorgeous countryside around the ancient market town of Reepham, and then across fields, down winding tracks and peaceful lanes. Rural Norfolk is unbeatable!
30th June Mills, Rivers and Meadows – Buxton via Brampton: A gentle walk, with peaceful grazing meadows, riverside wildlife, a church and charming villages. Believe it or not, Brampton was once an important Roman trading location…
“YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FAST…YOU JUST HAVE TO GO.”