Staying well when social distancing

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Social distancing the Strolls With Poles way

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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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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Strolls with Poles Coronavirus Update

This is an update to our previous post regarding the current situation.

All British Nordic Walking affiliated walking organisations have been asked to consider suspending group classes. Also, given the current heightened level of precautions, that we are all being asked to take, to reduce the impact of Coronavirus we have taken the difficult decision to suspend our walks until further notice. We will continue to keep abreast of the situation and will aim to reinstate our walks as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we would love to hear what you are doing to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. If you can take a photo especially with your poles we’d love to see them. We are sure that everyone will be keen to see you all still getting out.

Thank you for your continued support, stay safe and hopefully see you soon.

Julie & Martin x

Wallington Events Cancellation

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Owing to the current situation with Coronavirus and CoViD19 and the guidance issued by the Government, National Trust has decided to close its houses, shops and cafes. We entirely understand and support this decision. However, as we run training sessions and walks at this property, it will impact these.

Unfortunately, we need to cancel the following training sessions and walks at NT Wallington.

Our events at Wallington after May are still on. However, this might change. Please, watch out for updates and thank you for your understanding.

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Strolls with Poles – Coronavirus

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With the Coronavirus and the associated disease COVID19 at the front of everyones mind, you might be asking if Strolls with Poles are still going ahead with our walks. The advice from government is to practice social distancing, after all.

Nevertheless, getting outdoors can have huge benefits, both physically and mentally. Walking outdoors is encouraged in the current guidance, as long as you can keep a short distance from other people.

So, we will be continuing with our walk schedule for the time being. However, we will encourage everyone to take measures like handwashing and using hand sanitiser, as well as reducing contact with each other.

Obviously, if you think you have symptoms, please follow the current advice.

It is likely that the advice will change on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. We will continue to listen to advice and adapt what we do.

Strolls With Poles Community

As anyone that has walked with us before will know, we are a friendly bunch. As a result, we have walking friends all over the region, many of whom are happy to help if required. So, if you’re isolating or just plain bored of it all, please do ask and we’ll try to arrange something.

Temporary changes to cancellation policy

Until further notice, if you have made a booking and decide to cancel for reasons associated with coronavirus or COVID19, please contact us to request a credit or refund.

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Our Walks

We hold many different types of walks/sessions and this blog will inform you as to the differences.

Descriptions of our walks

Training Sessions

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We hold monthly training sessions in partnership with NT Wallington. These sessions are ideal for those who have never Nordic walked before or who would like to revisit their technique from the beginning.

Training is provided by Julie, the owner of Strolls With Poles.  Julie has been Nordic Walking since 2005 and has been a Nordic Walking Instructor since 2012, so you are in good hands.

The training session includes:

  • Provided with a set of poles (properly set up according to your height);
  • A short introduction about Nordic walking, its benefits and it’s origin;
  • Instruction for beginners using the INWA 10 Step Method ™;
  • A 2 mile walk in  the grounds of Wallington Hall;
  • A cool down/stretching session and
  • Access to Wallington for the rest of your visit.

Beginners to Nordic Walking often have questions about it, so we have tried to answer some of the typical questions that people ask.  You can find these in the “FAQ” section, so why not take a look.

Short walks

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Ideal for those who are new to Nordic Walking but want to build up their distance.

These walks start from 2 miles up to 4 miles. They are flat and an ideal place to get some extra pointers on technique.

Fitness walks

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New to 2020 we are holding fitness walks which will be walks where speed and technique are the key.

The walks will be an hour long and will be walked at more than 4 miles an hour. We will be looking at technique to enable you to get the most out of Nordic Walking.

Interest walks

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These are our usual walks which involve us visiting many of the beautiful areas of the North East. They are 5+ miles long and are walked at your own pace. These are generally all day events.


To help us to improve your technique we will be using video. It is an excellent way to identify any teaching points to help you. Don’t worry though the only people who will look at these will be me, Martin and you.

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Walk programme for Summer/Autumn 2019

We are busy putting the rest of our walks for 2019 onto the website.  However, we thought it would be useful to let you know dates and the names of the walks we have planned.  The link below will allow you to download the programme, as it stands. Further details will be added to the website as soon as we have them.

Continue reading “Walk programme for Summer/Autumn 2019”

Exciting News – Wallington Hall

We have some very exciting news. 

From February we will be working in partnership with the National Trust at Wallington Hall providing beginner Nordic walking sessions once a month initially. 

The sessions will include a short training session followed by a 2 mile walk around part of Wallington’s grounds. Continue reading “Exciting News – Wallington Hall”

Walks coming up in 2018

We are busy putting the rest of our walks for 2018 onto the website.  However we thought it would be useful to let you know dates and the name of the walk we have planned.  Further details will be added to the website as soon as we have them. Continue reading “Walks coming up in 2018”

First Aid Course – 28/29th July 2018

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This weekend we had to refresh our first aid certificates.  A valid first aid certificate is essential for our business to operate.  However, what we learned on this course will ensure that we can help in any situation, regardless of whether it is on a walk or anywhere else.  Everyone should do this. Continue reading “First Aid Course – 28/29th July 2018”