Always a great start to the week to meet the Kickstart Monday walkers who like nothing better than a fast pace down at Whitlingham. We always vary the routes but whether we are up in the woodland or down by the broad, we aim to push into Gear 3 and work up a sweat! A gentler walk then follows for those prefering to soak up the surroundings and relish the sense of wellbeing Nordic walking brings.
Tuesday Evenings are proving popular too for an hour of Feel Good walking down at the UEA and Earlham Park. Always opportunities to get a fast pace going, but also for those who prefer a less vigorous walk, this walk ticks the boxes.
Blickling on Wednesdays is a mid-week tonic and is always gorgeous whatever the weather. The grasslands around the lake are now full of wild flowers, and this week a barn owl was spotted hunting for prey just above us. Magical to see…
Gentle well being walks are great fun especaily when we add in mini-circuits to the walks. Smovey rings add a variable resistance of 1-10lbs which dynamically adjust according to the strength and fitness of the participant. They also provide vitality and wellbeing with each swing – so what’s not to like? Catton Park on Thursday mornings is simply a fantastic park for these walks, along with Eaton and Whitlingham too.
On Thursday afternoons, we are spoilt for choice when we meet at Caistor St Edmund on which routes to follow. High Ash Farm is great for Nordic walking with its wide paths and sneaky hills, whereas the Roman Town site is gentler but with stunning views from the top of the rear pastures. Great for those who like to add in exertion into their walk and relish Ginger Tea afterwards!
On Fridays we’re gearing up for the weekend, so Eaton Park and the UEA are the perfect venues for Feel Good walking. Great cafe too for those who can stay for a cuppa in the sunshine!
Saturday Adventure Walks take us to new places all over the county. This week we set off from Reepham Station along the Marriot’s Way and then headed across to Salle over fields and pastures. A deer was spotted on the track infront of us, (although I’m surprised it wasn’t scared off with 13 Nordic walkers marching towards it chatting) and above birds of prey circled on the breeze. Fabulous 6 smiler with rightfully earned treats in the cafe at the end.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
On Saturday 21st July we will be walking from Sheringham to Cley along the Coastal Path. Our route is 8.5 miles of stunning coastline and undulating paths; this area is spectacular and a fabulous place to walk. So fabulous in fact that we will be joined by Nordic Walking Tameside who are coming for the weekend to enjoy Norfolk at her best. We will end the walk in The George pub which overlooks the marshes and Cley windmill for well deserved refreshments.
On Sunday 22nd July we will also be walking with NW Tameside in North Norfolk but this time on a more gentler walk from Kelling village and then down towards the Poppy Line railway on path and tracks and out towards the beach at Weybourne. We will pick up the Coastal Path before heading back inland. This 4 miler will be perfect for those who love a circular route with a sociable crowd.
HALF MARATHON TRAINING UPDATE
We are now upping the longer distances as set out in the schedule. Currently we have stepped it up to 6 miles but are now moving into 7 milers this coming week. There is no weekend walk this Saturday so to keep up with the programme, you marathoners will need to create your own 7 miler of your choice. Try to book in at least ONE walk a week with Norfolk Nordic Walking so we can make sure you are on track and safely progressing with your training.
16th June 6 miles Reepham to Salle Circular
23rd June 7 miles SEVEN SMILES
We have a wonderful schedule of walks taking us all over the county. From reed-fringed lakes to mysterious marshland, teeming wildlife reserves and pine-scented forests, we are spoilt for choice. From windmils silhouetted on the horizon to lonely churches surrounded by yellow cornfields, we have some walks that are exclusively on footpaths and include routes across farmland and meadows. Other are part track/path and part tiny country lanes with grass in the middle. All are deliciously different and varied and show off Norfolk in summer. NOTE: distances are often doubled to suit those wanting a longer/shorter walk.
30th June 7 miles Buxton to Brampton Meadow and Pastures (2 x 3.5miles)
7 thJuly 7 miles Blofield to Brundal Broads and Churches (2 x 3.5miles)
14th July 7 miles Salhouse Trains and Tracks
21st July 8.5miles Sheringham – Cley Coastal Adventure (JOINED BY NW TAMESIDE WALKERS)
22nd July 4 miles Kelling to Weybourne cross Heath, Woodland and Beach (JOINED BY NW TAMESIDE WALKERS)
28th July 9 miles Dunston Common Ruins and Views (2 x 4.5miles)
4th Aug 10 miles Marston Marshes to Keswick (2 x 5 miles)
11th Aug 8 miles Mulbarton Tas Valley Trail (2 x 4 miles)
18th Aug 9 miles North Burlingham / South Walsham Circular
25th Aug 8 mies Yare Valley Adventure (5 miles + 3 miles)
1 Sept 12 miles Wherryman’s Way from Bramerton (6 miles x 2)
8th Sept 6 miles Roaming the Boudicca Way!
15th Sept 6 miles Whitlingham Woods and Trowse trails
To avoid disappointment – please book in advance as walks are getting busy, particularly at weekends. If walks are full, there is a reserve list but that is not a guarantee of a place. Maximum group size is 12.
SHOP ’N’ DROP BOX
The box is back! It’s sitting in the NWUK shop and will be delivered to Rebecca on 29th June. If you are keen to buy poles or accessories (we are loving the fingerless gloves for summer walking) and avoid paying for Postage & Packing, simply drop your items into it. Saves you waiting in for a delivery (which as we all know, can be frustrating) – you get your items at a convenient time either at your next walk or to suit you.
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE w/c 18th June
Book all courses / walks at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities
9.30am Kick Start Monday! Whitlingham Country Park – FAST WORKOUT WALK + mini circuits
11am TWO MILER Wellbeing @ Whitlingham – A gentle safe way to walk yourself fitter in this beautiful location
12pm Session 2 Learn to NW Course Whitlingham
6.30pm EVENING NORDIC WALK @ UEA/Earlham Park
10am Summertime at Beautiful Blickling Hall 3.5 miler. Simply enjoy sociable Nordic walking in a stunning location – you never know what you will find!
1.30pm Well Being Gentler Pace Eaton Park & Yonder! 2 miles – A gentle safe way to walk yourself fitter!
10.30am FREE taster at Catton Park
11.30am Catton Park Wellbeing and Feel Good walk -A gentle safe way to walk yourself fitter!
1.45pm Stepping Up (hills) & Back Caistor St Edmund / High Ash Farm – Simply enjoy sociable Nordic walking in a stunning location with hills for added exertion.
9am FREE taster at Eaton Park
10am Say YES to Friday @ Eaton Park! A gentle paced walk to launch your weekend!
11am Feel Fit and Fab Friday Walk @ Eaton – Walk plus lure of Eaton Cafe for a treat afterwards…
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”