Felton and Weldon Bridge 30th June 2018

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Walk: Felton and Weldon Bridge
Guide: Julie
Walk leaders: Anne
Weather: Sunny and hot
Distance of walk: 10.7 miles

It was a great day for this beautiful walk.   It was great to welcome Shirley for her first Strolls with Poles walk. Continue reading “Felton and Weldon Bridge 30th June 2018”

Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn – 19th May 2018

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Walk: Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn
Guide: Julie
Walk leaders: Martin / Ruth
Weather: Sunny and hot
Distance of walk: 8.5 miles

Taking advantage again of the unbelievably good weather we are having, we arrived at Hareshaw Linn car park, ready for the day’s walking around Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn.  The group was mostly familiar faces but with three additions, Daniel and Annabel, the children of one of our regulars and Andy.  Andy was a new customer and had seen our walk advertised in the local newspaper.  He was welcomed into the group immediately.  Once we were all ready we did a short warm up and then set off. Continue reading “Bellingham and Hareshaw Linn – 19th May 2018”

Pilgrim’s Causeway – 5th May 2018

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Walk: Pilgrim’s Causeway
Guide: Julie
Walk leaders: Martin / Ruth
Weather: Sunny and hot
Distance of walk: 9 miles

Wow, we couldn’t have wished for or got better weather for this walk.  We were following in the footsteps of the pilgrims who crossed the sands to Holy Island. Continue reading “Pilgrim’s Causeway – 5th May 2018”

St Abbs and Coldingham – 28th April 2018


Walk: St Abbs and Coldingham
Guide: Julie
Walk leaders: Martin / Ruth
Weather: Sunny and warm
Distance of walk: 9 miles

New area to walk in

The Scottish Borders is the most northerly area we have walked in and area which most of the group hadn’t visited before. Continue reading “St Abbs and Coldingham – 28th April 2018”

Cresswell Beach – 25th February 2018


Walk: Cresswell Beach
Guide: Julie
Helper/Volunteer: Anne
Weather: Sunny but cold
Distance of walk: 4 miles

Training session

I added a training session and short walk, at Cresswell Beach, onto the programme as there were a few people interested in trying Nordic walking.  There were also some regulars who wanted a refresher of their technique. Continue reading “Cresswell Beach – 25th February 2018”

Ebchester and Milkwellburn Wood – 18th February 2018


Walk:  Ebchester and Milkwellburn Wood
Guide:  Julie
Helper/Volunteer:  Martin
Weather:  Cloudy but mild for February
Distance of walk:  9 miles

Off we went…

We started in the traditional way, with a warm up and welcome to two new walkers, Sue and Bev, and then off we went.  We followed the Derwent walk North and then took an old lane into Ebchester. This took us past the Church of St Ebba, who gave her name to Ebchester.  A short walk through the village took us to the start of the walk proper, at the River Derwent. Continue reading “Ebchester and Milkwellburn Wood – 18th February 2018”

Newburn to Wylam – 10th February 2018

Guide:  Julie
Helper/Volunteer:  Ruth
Weather:  Light shower followed by sunshine
Distance of walk:  8 miles

This was a walk suggested by both Russell and Martyn.  The walk started in the Tyne Riverside Country Park and went North to Wylam along the track bed of the old railway made a fantastic surface to walk along. Continue reading “Newburn to Wylam – 10th February 2018”

Seaburn to Marsden Grotto – 27th January 2018

Guide:  Julie
Helpers/Volunteers:  Martin and Ruth
Weather:  Sunny
Length of walk:  9 miles

The weather was amazing for late January and we had a beautiful 9 mile walk to look forward to.

The walk took us from Seaburn Park along the half mile Seaburn beach towards the Whitburn Coastal Path. Continue reading “Seaburn to Marsden Grotto – 27th January 2018”

Warkworth to Hauxley Nature Reserve – 6th January 2018

This was the inaugural walk for Strolls With Poles.

Guide:  Julie
Volunteers/helpers:  Martin and Ruth
Weather: Windy, slight hail shower, sunshine
Distance:  10 miles

A beautiful walk taking us past Warkworth Castle, along the River Coquet,through Amble and  along the sand dunes to the café in Hauxley Nature Reserve (http://www.nwt.org.uk/reserves/hauxley).  We had a short stop for tea, soup and scones before making our way back.

We took a slightly different route back dropping onto the sand where the benefits of Nordic walking really show as the sand is a great surface for getting the most out of your technique.

Once back in Warkworth some of the group headed to Bertram’s café (https://www.bertrams.co.uk/) to enjoy Cullen skink, mac and cheese and various cakes as well as lots of tea.

The next walk is along the Whitburn Coastal path from Seaburn to Marsden Grotto.

I look forward to seeing you then.



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