Whilst walking

Are people asking you about Nordic walking? Here's some responses to common questions.

We recently posted some brief Nordic walking Q&As on Facebook and you guys loved them.  So here’s a fuller (and I hope entertaining) version - just in case you need them!

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Reflections on our cross-country skiing trip to Finland

I’ve wanted to try my hand at cross country skiing ever since I discovered Nordic walking over six years ago.  This trip was the culmination of two years worth of researching and planning and every day I bubbled over with joy, gliding (sort of) along the purpose-made tracks through this beautiful part of the world.

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No man is an island entire of itself

Our Christmas party last Thursday made me appreciate what an amazing club we have at Bristol Nordic Walking.  It was a pretty miserable evening – the sort you’d definitely rather stay in than go out – but over 60 of you turned out to be with us.  Not only that, but the tables were absolutely groaning with delicious food, much of it home made.  There literally was no further space to put anything! 

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Elderflower Gems

The elderflowers are still in bloom and, if you’re quick, you’ll be able to pick them and make one or more of these fabulous recipes below.  You should ideally pick the heads once they have been warmed by the sun.

 Elderflower Champagne (thank you Pat Siddons)

 Ingredients

4.5 litres of water

700 grams caster sugar

20 elderflower heads

2 lemons zested and grated

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

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Wild garlic - go wild with these recipes!

Yes the bluebells are now flowering and the wild garlic isn’t far behind.  Visit the woods if you possibly can, and whilst you’re there why not pick some wild garlic leaves and make some Zingy Pesto or Patsy’s Perky Soup.  Yum!

Patsy’s Perky Wild Garlic Soup

This soup probably doesn’t need any more of an introduction than the title.  It’s Patsy’s, it’s perky, it uses wild garlic – oh, and it’s delicious.

25g butter

2 medium potatoes, cut into 1cm cubes

1 medium onion, chopped

1 litre vegetable stock

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Bluebells and boats.

We are on the cusp of the bluebell and wild garlic season.  Bristol has some spectacular bluebell woods and we will lead walks in them over the coming few weeks, so keep an eye on our newsletter..

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How to enjoy a muddy walk

Mud. Do you love it or hate it? Whatever your view (and few have no opinion) there’s little chance of avoiding it if you want to walk at this time of year.  So here are a few tips to make your muddy walk a happy one.

1. Make sure you have the right footwear

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Local Knowledge

A frivolous blog this week!  How good is your local knowledge of the areas we walk in?  Test yourself with this quiz.  Can you beat 5/10?

 

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The Downs - some points of interest

We all know the Downs has a great history, starting with it’s preservation ‘for ever hereafter’ for our recreational use by an Act of Parliament – The Downs Act 1861.  Here are some other interesting facts for you as you Nordic walk across the Downs:

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The Blackberrying Season

Blackberries always signal to me the slow drift of summer towards autumn. The light mellows, the evenings gradually draw in and I start my month-long hand-scratching obsession with blackberrying. 

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