Walks

Welcome Nordic Walking Girona to a feast of South West walks, culture and food!

This week we are hosting a group of fourteen Nordic walkers from Girona, Catalonia.  We have visited them twice during the past year and now they are coming to us for a full seven days.  I am so excited that we can show visitors some of our fabulous walks and a little of our history.  Whilst the whole of the UK is a walker’s paradise, there’s real diversity around us - Bath, the Cotswolds, Wales and the Mendips all just a short drive away plus a clutch of scenic walks right from the heart of Bristol.

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Bath one year on – Brigitte’s story and our plans for growth

It’s the first anniversary of our Bath start-up this week so my blog is dedicated to Bath. 

We started two weekly Nordic walking classes in Royal Victoria Park on 15th May 2017 with an energetic new instructor, Sarah Lillywhite.  It is an excellent venue - a beautiful park with hidden nuggets of interest; a hilly golf course to get your heart pumping; and the all-important café (with far-too many tempting cakes) as our meeting point. 

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Our May to October scenic walks

One of the joys of Nordic walking is the strength and stamina it builds, enabling us to explore with confidence the extraordinary countryside in this country and abroad.  Our club Spring challenge last weekend is a case in point.  Of the fifty six of us that took part only a handful had walked a similar distance and ascent before.  The power and endurance developed during our regular fitness and stamina walks gave us the confidence needed – plus of course the fantastic support from other walkers and our instructors.

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The South Wales Three Peaks challenge

Our great BNW Spring challenge is completed.  What a mammoth effort from everyone.  What an achievement.  What a day! 

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Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees

We are nearing the end a fabulous few days exploring the Pallars Sobira region of the Catalan Pyrenees.  The magnificence of these mountains is undisputable, although the weather was moody whilst we were here and the glorious snow-capped peaks were coy about revealing themselves. 

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Our Nordic walking weekends away plus three top tips for perfect triceps

The lead up to Christmas is a time for parties and of course (if you’re a woman) party dresses.  We all would rather have toned arms than not and, joy of joys, Nordic walking can sculpt your arms beautifully.  Particularly your triceps (aka bingo wings) which are at the back of your upper arm.  Here’s three things to focus on to reap the maximum benefit:

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Join our great BNW Spring Challenge

It’s here – our BNW Spring Challenge!  The perfect way for you to keep motivated this winter and get fit. Ros, Marcus, Clair, Sarah (our Bath instructor) and I are all taking part – so there’s no excuse.  Don’t worry if you’ve not walked with us for a while – we’ll put on free technique refresher workshops to get you back into it.

The date:  Saturday 24th March 2018

The challenge:  Sugar Loaf Mountain will be our main goal. You can add one or two extra peaks if you want more of a challenge.

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Autumn walking near Bristol, vitamin D reminder and stress-busting advice

I’m back from my holidays refreshed and raring to go!  Mallorca, the Surrey Hills and County Durham were stunning with some good Nordic walking opportunities.  However there is something closer to home which I am very keen to explore over the next few weeks - Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.  

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Cross-country skiing in Finland

As many of you may know, I have spent the last week in Akaslompolo, a small Lapp village deep within the Arctic Circle - the perfect place for cross-country skiing. 

This was our second Bristol Nordic Walking trip to Finland and I came with Polly, Ginny, Martin and Bina, none of whom had cross-country skied before. Nordic walking has its origins in cross-country skiing and given how much we love that, why not take it to the next level and try Nordic skiing?

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Longer walks, research update and how to exercise after 40

I’m bursting with news this week, so read on and enjoy.

Longer walks and trips abroad

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