Walks

Walks, walks, and more walks

This weekend has been a busy one for our club.  Besides the seven regular classes in Bristol and Bath, Miro led a beautiful local 6 mile bluebell walk, Marcus represented the club in the first of the annual British Nordic Walking challenge events, and a group of twelve of us headed to the Surrey Hills for a walking weekend away.

Miro’s Prior’s Wood walk

Bluebell Nordic walking

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Our Bath Beat triumph

Gale force winds aren't the ideal forecast for Nordic walking between 12.5 and 26.5 miles - but did that deter our Bath Beaters?  Not one bit (of course).  We're made of sterner stuff and collectively brushed Storm Hannah aside on a day of mammoth achievement.

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Longer walks to extend your fitness and local knowledge

The great benefit of our Nordic walking classes is that you get fit at the same time as having a good walk.  It sets you up nicely for longer walks, where the terrain might be trickier and the distances longer.  You will be surprised how much easier these walks become with a pair of Nordic walking poles in your hands.

There’s a plethora of lovely walks around Bristol and we’ve picked a few of our favourites for you to enjoy with us.  Those of you training for the Bath Beat might find them particularly useful as you increase your walking distances.

 

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Our Spring Challenge – the Bath Beat

It’s here again – our BNW Spring Challenge – and this time we’re heading to Bath for the Bath Beat

Earlier this year over fifty of us took on the mighty South Wales Three Peaks.  We had an absolute blast, not just on the day itself but in the lead up too - upping our walking, increasing our fitness, encouraging each other and comparing notes.  Here’s the blog of how it went.

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New grading system for our regular walks

The other week I was taking an ‘Easy’ rated walk on the Downs.  If you were with me that day you may remember my encouraging you to walk the famous 0.5 mile tree avenue at a fast pace.  Someone said ‘But this is rated an easy class!’.  ‘Ah’ I said, ‘but easy doesn’t actually mean easy on your fitness – otherwise you won’t ever get fitter.  It means… well it means that the Downs is an easy place to walk because it’s generally flat’.

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Our 2019 weekends away

 

We have some more wonderful short Nordic walking trips for you to enjoy next year including a new one – the Surrey Hills.  Please look under Longer walks/Events on our website for further details.  Bookings for both The Surrey Hills and the Falmouth trip will open 8pm this Tuesday 6th November

Here's a little more information on each trip, including the date for our next Girona visit:

 

The Surrey Hills Fri 9th- Sun 11th May 2019

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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. Plus we have a new website dedicated purely to Nordic walking in Bath - www.nordicwalkingbath.co.uk 

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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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