Walks

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. 

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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