Getting back to Nordic Walking Beach Walk – 27 June 2020

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The Getting Back to Nordic Walking Beach Walk was our first walk back together following the Covid-19 pandemic. When we asked everyone where they would like the first walk to be the answer was overwhelming. The beach at Cresswell.

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Nordic walking and mental health

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During the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, which resulted in the cessation of our walks, I have had a lot of time to think about my own mental health and, in turn, the mental health of others.  Being outdoors, when you can, keeping busy and keeping in contact with friends and family, are all important.

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Looking Back on Pilgrim’s Causeway – 2018/2019

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Looking back on Pilgrim’s Causeway is the sixth in the series of looking back posts. As we’ve done this walk so many times, it was difficult to decide which one to do. So, I’ve decided to try to incorporate the best bits of all of them.

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Looking Back on Low and High Force – July 2018

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This is the fifth of our Looking Back posts and this time we will be looking back on Low and High Force from July 2018. A walk that was great mainly because it was a fabulous day, warm and sunny, and the views over the Tees Valley were spectacular.

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Looking Back on Swainby to Osmotherley – Aug 2018

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This is the fourth of our Looking Back posts and this time we will be looking back on Swainby to Osmotherley. A walk that was great mainly because it was a fabulous day, warm and sunny, and the views over North Yorkshire were spectacular.

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We had checked out this walk in the autumn of 2017. For some reason we only got one photo of the whole walk. What we did get though was a huge amount of blackberries and some wild raspberries.

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Looking Back on Ford Village and Ford Moss – Jul 2018

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This is the third of our Looking Back posts. This time we are looking back at a walk that had ponies and a prize winning photo, Ford Village and Ford Moss.

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When we first checked out this walk, we couldn’t find Routin Lynn, the waterfall close to Ford Moss. We weren’t far from it though, as we found when we did the walk this time.

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Looking Back on Coldingham and St Abbs – Apr 2018

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This is the second of our Looking Back posts. This time we are looking back at another one of our popular walks, Coldingham and St Abbs.

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We knew when we checked this walk out that it was a good one. The scenery is not just good but spectacular. This walk is the only one we’ve done that is wholly in Scotland, just. Despite being farther away than the other walks, it is well worth it the journey.

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Staying well when social distancing

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Whilst the key workers (including Julie) are all keeping things going, the rest of us will be either self isolating or just staying home and social distancing, like we’re told. Those over 70 and with underlying health conditions have been asked to stay indoors for 12 weeks. This is likely to be challenging, especially for those of us who are used to getting outdoors. The advice to help cope with social distancing appears to be based around 10 steps.

  • Establish a daily routine
  • Balance your weekly routine
  • Think about which regular activities are most important to you
  • Set daily goals
  • Identify the triggers that make you feel low
  • Talk with family, friends and neighbours
  • Take care of yourself
  • Avoid staying still for too long
  • Have a good sleep routine
  • Keep in touch – you can contact us at any time.

How can I do this, I hear you you say. Well we’ve put together a bunch of links to resources that can help. Thanks to Julie’s colleagues who have given us permission to share. See below.


The activity pack especially looks great. I’ve tried the “Cake in a mug” recipe already and it’s not bad. I like chocolate pudding a little sweeter and more chocolatey, so more sugar and cocoa next time. I recommend a very big mug.

If we get any more useful information we’ll add it to the this post.

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Looking back on Warkworth to Amble – Jan 2018

This is the first of the posts where we will look back on some of our walks. In this one we are looking back on Warkworth to Amble. Maybe it’ll help you remember and think about the next time you can get out. Hopefully soon.

Warkworth to Amble was the first walk that we did as Strolls With Poles and it was a very good one. There were a lot of you on this one and this definitely helped to make it one of the best.

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Looking back on Warkworth to Amble
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While we can’t get out

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While we can’t get out, we thought we could look back on some of the days out we’ve had and look forward to doing it again soon. Hopefully it will at least fill in a few minutes and help us encourage a positive feeling about the future.

We can’t figure out exactly how many walks we’ve been out on but it’s been a lot. Well over 150 now we think. So, plenty to choose from and we have plenty of photos too, which we will be including in the posts.

If you have any particular requests then just let us know and we will try to accommodate it. We are sure you all have your favourites.

The first walk we are choosing is the first one as Strolls With Poles. This was Warkworth to Amble on the 6th January 2018. This was a lovely day out and had the characteristic change of plan half way through.

The second walk we are looking back on is Coldingham and St Abbs April 2018. This was our only walk wholly in Scotland and it was a popular one.

We will try to put one out every few days. So, while we can’t get out, keep an eye out for new posts as they appear. We hope that you enjoy them.

Julie and Martin


If you fancy planning a walk while you’re staying in, try looking here for tips and tools.


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