Whilst walking

Quiz answers plus the new book on why walking is a ‘superpower’

I am shortly heading off on holiday and top of my reading list is the recently published In Praise of Walking by neuroscientist Shane O’Mara.   The publisher’s blurb could have been written by any one of us Nordic walkers: “Walking is good for our muscles and posture; it helps to protect and repair organs, and can slow or turn back the ageing of our brains. With our minds in motion we think more creatively, our mood improves and stress levels fall. Walking together to achieve a shared purpose is also a social glue that has contributed to our survival as a species.

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Bristol local knowledge quiz

We’ve a fun charity quiz night coming up in October in the events room at the Gloucester County Cricket ground and we’d love to get as many of the club together for it.  The room can seat up to 125 people and the views of the ground are excellent.  You can either bring your own team of five or just book on and we will allocate you a team. Friends are welcome but our only rule is if you have a team of five there must be at least two Bristol/Bath Nordic Walkers per team.

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Community matters

I’ve had a crazy mix of a week this week.  The joy of welcoming our friends Nordic Walking Girona for seven days of Nordic walking in and around Bristol and Bath.  The stress of having my car window smashed in Leigh Woods and my computer stolen. The fun of getting together with some of you for our summer social.  

Nordic walking has given me the highs and has put into perspective the lows.  The blue skies and beautiful walks, the bonds that we have built through our club, and the support that we give each other.  

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Spring time foraging

I visited Kew Gardens last week and ate the most delicious wild garlic and pea risotto for lunch.  As soon as I returned home I googled wild garlic risotto recipes.  Alas I couldn’t find any to match the brilliant green of my Kew sensation but it did fire my enthusiasm to forage my own wild garlic and get cooking. 

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Spectacular Somerset starling murmuration

I’ve never experienced a full-blown murmuration.  The aerial dance of thousands of starlings which takes place over parts of Britain during the winter months.  One of the best hot spots is right on our doorstep at the RSPB's Ham Wall nature reserve on the Somerset levels.  Last Tuesday I headed down there to see what it was all about.

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2018 in Review

Another year goes by and another Bristol Nordic Walking video has been made by Ros.  It’s a bit of fun – but laughter and fun is a big part of what we’re about.  Thanks for getting involved (as if you had a choice) and for bringing your good spirits and delicious food to our Christmas party at Hunters café on Monday for the video premier.  It was a fantastic gathering and you all looked fabulous, trading walking boots and waterproofs for party dresses, statement shirts and a fair few crazy Christmas jumpers.

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International Nordic Walking Federation convention - Helsinki

All our Bristol Nordic Walking instructors are members of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA).  This year, on behalf of our club, I attended their international conference in Helsinki.  Whilst our 'hotel' was a rather functional training centre, it was in a beautiful setting beside one of the largest fresh water spring lakes in Europe.

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When lightning strikes

Lightning is dangerous. Currently, about 30-60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain of whom, on average, three may be killed.

So you don’t want to mess around with lightning.  Especially when walking with two poles with metal spikes on the end.  Granted the handles are made of plastic and cork, which are poor conductors, but it’s not worth the risk. 

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World Nordic Walking Day

This weekend marked World Nordic Walking Day.  I often get asked how Nordic walking started so it seems an appropriate time to devote a blog to the history of Nordic walking, where it is today in the UK and how it is spreading across the world.  I’ve taken much of my information from the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA).

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Map reading and navigation

Driven by the requirement to tick a navigation skills box if walking solo on the South Wales Three Peaks challenge event, we held our first Navigation Skills Workshop yesterday.  It was delightfully illuminating.  For instance did you know these six facts about maps themselves:

 

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