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

Prior’s Wood is a gem tucked away on the west side of Bristol, linking the villages of Portbury and Wraxall.  Springtime is showtime here with an abundance of bluebells and wild garlic, but it is well worth visiting at any time of the year.  With a bit of local knowledge (or map reading skills) you can park at Tyntesfield National Trust car park and craft a beautiful circular walk, which is what Miro and some of our club did today. 

Scenic walks are a perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous countryside around Bristol and Bath plus get to know other members of our club.  I’d really encourage you to try one if you’ve not done so before and we have two stunners coming up for you, both of which are brand new to the club:

Chew Valley 6 mile circular – Sunday 26th May.  This starts at the Chew Valley Lake beside the very popular Salt and Malt café (get there early to enjoy a pre-walk breakfast). It is a pretty walk following the river Chew through the water meadows before picking up a track to Stanton Drew where you’ll take your break by the stone circle.  The return route is mostly across fields (passing the Michelin starred Pony and Trap pub) with a lovely section walking beside the Chew Valley Lake at the end.  No need to rush back if you want to enjoy a lunch at the café or explore Chew Magna itself.  Click here for more details and to book.

Symonds Yat and the Forest of Dean (6-7 miles) – Sunday 30th June.  This is such a popular walking area and not too far from us so we’ve asked local walking expert Steve Bees to lead a walk taking in some of the best spots that the area has to offer.  Steve has led several walks for us in Wales and is well known to many of our club.  The walk will be available to book next week and is likely to be very popular so keep your eyes peeled.

 

Marcus’s challenge event

Bristol at a Nordic walking challenge events

Nordic walking specific challenge events are a great opportunity to meet up with Nordic walkers from other clubs as well as enjoying a good walk.  Over the years many of our club have participated in these events and Marcus has been to every British Nordic Walking challenge event since they started five years ago – except for one which he had to miss due to food poisoning!  They are always very friendly affairs and welcome experienced and newbies alike.  The events are over a 5km or 10km distance.  Click here to find out more about them.

You might also be interested in the Purbeck Nordic Walking festival taking place on 13-15th September.  This three day event offers workshops, presentations, guided Nordic walks, and the opportunity to take part in a 16 mile or 26 mile rugged Nordic walking challenge along the Dorset coast.  Lots of fun and very social.  Click here for more information.

 

Club weekend away to the Surrey Hills

Twelve of us have just returned from a superb couple of days walking in the Surrey Hills.  With so many stunning walking destinations throughout the British Isles, it’s easy to forget how pretty this area of outstanding natural beauty is. 

We stayed in a delightful pub in the heart of the small village of Albury.  From there we walked through woods, heathland, meadows, tracks and fields; followed sections of the North Downs Way and the Pilgrims Way; learnt about gin making at the boutique Silent Pool gin distillery in the village; visited ancient churches, quaint pubs and a very special National Gardens Scheme garden; and generally had an immensely varied and enjoyable time.  The weather was kind and the company excellent.  Click here to see photos of the weekend.

Our weekends away are always thoroughly researched and we only go to places we know you will like.  Our Falmouth weekend in June has one space and our Girona weekend in October four spaces.  With Girona, not only do you stay in the centre of possibly the best city in Catelonia, the walking is at a gentle pace, the restaurants some of the very best in town, and the wine and beer with meals is included in the price.  You couldn’t be in better hands, for our lovely instructor Patsy goes with you, and you are looked after by the vibrant Nordic Walking Girona club who guide you on the walks, look after you at the restaurants, and take you to some of the best sightseeing spots in the area.  Click here for more information and to book.

Vicky

 

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