Arrow and Arden Newsletter November 2018

Welcome to November  –  It is Vegan month but of course, most of all it’s the centenary of armistice day! on armistice day we give thanks to those that fought in wars at home and overseas to enable us to live our lifes in peace and we remember the sacrifice of those more than 800,000 British soldiers that died during the first World War.


Only in September Caroline, Evelyn and myself were walking the beautiful 27 miles at the Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival.  Evelyn and Caroline both have been a great inspiration for many and I’d like to thank them and congratulate both again! Last month I brought you Evelyn’s story, this month you can read Caroline’s Nordic Walking journey below.

Below are information about forthcoming special walks, tasters, Learn To Nordic Walk courses, becoming a Walk Leader and healthy eating and new classes.

Forthcoming special walks:


CHRISTMAS WALK & MEAL, Friday, 7th December – included for DD members, please book early

Christmas at Baddesley Clinton, Monday 17th December:

Aston Cantlow to Wootton Wawen 7 miler with half-way stop: Friday, 11th January:–Wootton-Wawen


These are popular walks so please check your diaries and book early to avoid disappointment, we also need to pre-book pubs etc.

Taster Sessions

Thursday, 13th December Stratford  South Warwickshire 1pm:

Monday, 21st January Stratford upon Avon South Warwickshire: 1:30:

Friday, 25th January Evesham 1:30:–Free-Nordic-Walking-Taster-

Learn To Nordic Walk

Friday, 9th Nov Stratford upon Avon, South Warwickshire 1:15pm:

Monday, 12th November Evesham 1pm:

ONLY 1 place remaining in Evesham
Our award-winning technique course can be taught over 2, 3 or 4 sessions, please check the link for details of each course.

Regular Adventure Walks – mixed ability groups

Mondays 9:45am
Every other Wednesday 7pm
Fridays 9:45am

Evening Glow Worm Walkers
Wednesdays, every fortnight starting at 7pm – Come and join us after a long day at work or stuck in the house, you’ll love it. First 10 walkers will receive a free light for their poles. Remember your head torch or pole lights & high viz vest.


Starting from Scratch:
This hour activity is ideal for those who want to start to be more active and to change their lifestyle, it is ideal if you need to develop a basic fitness level. There is a mindful session included. Great for recovery from injury, illness or if you are very unfit.


STARTING IN November, introductory price £6, free for DD Members:


Energise your body and mind! This activity is a good way to come away from the daily grind. It is a brisk walk and will challenge you appropriately.  At the end of the session you will feel more energised and ready to take on anything. There is a mindfulness activity included.
You do need to be a Freedom Passport holder.
FIRST SESSION. Thursday, 15th November in Stratford upon Avon



Many of you know that I have recently gained a new qualification as of the very first Isometric Exercise Instructors in the UK. I am looking to start a new indoor class in January to incorporate the elements that are familiar to you from Trek Fit and the isometric exercises. Isometric exercise is a very focussed kind of exercise to promote muscle growth and strengthing.

I am currently looking for a village or church hall to hire at a reasonable cost to run this class. I have enquired about Monday or Wednesday evenings or Wednesday 10-11am. I would appreciate your feed back to days and time as naturally I would like to offer you what suits best. I will only be able to run this class if at least 5 people book due to the added costs of room hire, ideally I would be able to price the class at £8, the same as most of our activities.  Well, if you would like to share your thoughts with me or have contact details for a venue to approach and check out please get in touch!


Caroline’s story

Caroline Curtis (67), from Fladbury (between Evesham and Pershore), has successfully proved both her endurance  and Nordic Walking skills by walking the 27 miles of a marathon challenge. The well attended event on the Jurassic Coast was held on 15th September 2018, as part of the  Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival. “What an achievement!” said Kathrin Foster, Caroline’s Nordic Walking Instructor. “She also won a ‘Nordic Walking UK’ award for ‘Inspirational Nordic Walker’,  having taken up Nordic Walking only two years ago”.

After seeing Nordic Walking on BBC Breakfast, Caroline attended a taster session with Instructor Ian Northcott, of Mercian Nordic walking, in the autumn of 2016. She was inspired to take Nordic Walking further and as Arrow and Arden Nordic Walking is closer, she completed her ‘Learn to Nordic walk’ course with Instructor Kathrin Foster there.  She then walked regularly both with Mercian and Arrow and Arden instructors and trained to be a Walk Leader with Arrow and Arden Nordic Walking herself at the end of last year.  She also decided, together with   Nordic Walking friends to train for the Marathon.

“Caroline has worked incredibly hard over the last few months to get ready for the Purbeck Marathon” said Kathrin “and was determined to complete this challenging undulating course in a good time.  She has taken her training very seriously and carried on despite some difficulties on the way. During that time she has also inspired others to become more active and adopt the healthy lifestyle that Nordic Walking provides.  I can truly say that Caroline has embraced Nordic Walking fully and it has changed her life. She is now fitter, has lost weight, is more toned and enjoys the social side of Nordic Walking.”



Purchasing Nordic Walking equipment – Shop N Drop opportunities

A further delivery is scheduled for 4th December to get your Christmas presents well in time. For this date you need to order order by phone on
0333 12345 40 no later than 30th November or online by 2nd December and choose Shop N Drop Kathrin Foster as your Delivery choice.

Things to consider for the cold and dark season:
Purple Winter Warmer pack is great value for money and includes Purple Winter Warmer Pack –  NWUK Thermal Cup and Morf with Sealskinz Gloves – Perfect gift to keep you warm this winter.


 Ultimate carbon Nordic Walking Pole from Fizan that has been specially made for NWUK
Limited edition NWUK Neck Buff
Purple Paw Bag

At £92.50 this is excellent value for money


 If you are joining our Glow Worm Evening walk you will need a High Viz safety Vest

Silva Hi Performance Viz Gilet available at at£19.95


If you are joining our Glow Worm Evening walk you will need a Headtorch – all found at under Accessories

 Ledlenser Neo Headlamp £19.50

Ledlenser NEO4 Headtorch £24.50

Ledlenser Seo 5 Headlamp £44.95





Challenges for 2019:


Big Bear Challenge, Thursday, 8th February at Ryton Pools Park in Coventry. A six hour event. I have already booked a place alongside 17 other participants. If you are interested follow the link:

The Longest Day Challenge we took part in was fabulous and it’s organsided by the same company. We were made very welcome and had a super day!

Purbeck 16 miler and Marathon, Saturday, 14th September.


Glow – Healthy Eating Plans


Nordic Walking has teamed up with Glow. The healthy eating plans are now available at

The easiest and tastiest way to lose weight – without going on a diet!


Complete delicious meal plans for the whole family, delivered daily – inspiration, recipes and shopping lists. Feedback from some members has been excellent. “The recipes are easy to make”, “I really like the quick and easy lunches”, “The variety is great and it’s all so simple to make”.


If you are fed up deciding what to cook – this is for you! Shopping lists are supplied, too!


Why become a monthly member?

If you are walking once or twice most weeks you will be making savings and have additional benefits. It’s also easier to book and more motivational. If you want to have a chat I can work out if it’s financially beneficial for you.


I’m looking forward to see you soon!

Yours, Kathrin