Arrow and Arden Nordic Walking Newsletter June 2018

Welcome to June – I hope you enjoyed National Walking Month, what an exciting month it was!

The Rustick Nordic Walking Festival in the Peak District was a great success. We’ve met lots of like-minded people and discovered new areas as well as different Nordic Walking related activities.  Please see Caroline and Evelyn’s accounts of their Festival at the end of this newsletter, perhaps it will seduce you to go to the Purbeck Festival in September, some of us have already booked to go. Find out more at


There is a fantastic progressive course coming up in this month on Thursdays to condition walkers for longer and hillier walks which was requested by those that enrolled to do the Purbeck Marathon in September, it’s open to all who fancy longer distances. More details below.

I have been enquiring about the possibility of a mini-break in the Lake District either 17th of June or 24th June 2019 for 3 or 4 days. I will let you know more about it once I’ve got the details myself. Please mark the dates in your calendar if you are interested and let me know your preference if you have one.


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Special  Nordic Walks & Days out

Carolyn’s Magic of the Malverns –  Jubilee Hill – Another Adventure of discovery around and over the beautiful Malvern Hills as the countryside puts on its summer clothes.

Friday, 15th June:’s-Magic-of-The-Malverns-–-Jubilee-Hill-and-some-more-hidden-pathways


Beautiful River Walk into Stratford, accompanied by William Mulryne (Photographer working on documentary about Stratford)

Monday, 18th June:


National Cream Tea Day Walk – 6 Miles and Cream Tea at Nanny Marj’s Tearoom in Wixford

Friday, 29th June: National Cream Tea Day Walk


Aston Cantlow to Wootton Wawen – 7 beautiful miles with a coffee stop in the middle

Monday, 10th September–Wootton-Wawen


These are popular walks so please check your diaries and book early to avoid disappointment


Free Tasters


Friday, 8th June Stratford upon Avon, South Warwickshire

Saturday, 9th June Barton near Bidford upon Avon, South Warwickshire–HEART-OF-ENGLAND-FOREST-Nordic-Walking-Taster

Monday, 16th July Alcester, South Warwickshire

Monday, 17th September Evesham, Worcestershire


Learn To Nordic Walk

Saturday, 16th June Alcester (limited availability)

This course is not run very often and books up quite quickly.  It is ideal for those that cannot commit to several sessions. Please book soon to not miss out, limited to 8.

Friday, 22nd June Stratford upon Avon (limited availability) – last one this summer in Stratford

Over four 60min sessions


Trek Fit and Workout Nordic Style on Fridays

Fridays 10am Stratford upon Avon
For those who have completed the Learn to Nordic walk course – these action packed one hour walks are designed to help you to improve your fitness levels and gain FAST results.  Please read detailed description. Those sessions are suitable for most. Please check with me if you are unsure.


Stratfrd Wellbeing Group
Starting Fridays, 11:30 – 12:15
Nordic Wellbeing will take you on a fun journey to improved health every Friday.  You will learn how to be fit and strong enough to enjoy taking on new activities and challenges with confidence


Regular Adventure Walks

Mondays 9:45am
Wednesdays 10am & 7pm
Thursdays (alternate weeks) 10am – MARATHON TRAINING FROM 14th June
Saturdays (second of the month) 9:30am

Gentle Short Walks / Welcome Walks

Suitable for all and especially for new or returner walkers. I am able to give you advice on your technique and a you can meet new and experienced members of our group!

Evening Walks

Starting at 7pm – Come and join us after a long day at work or stuck in the house, you’ll love it.

Warwickshire and Cotswold Marathon Training Course:

* 14th June Session 1 – 120min
Work out walk Milcote car park to Stratford 8miles
21st June NO SESSION some members are taking part in the Longest Day Challenge
* 28th June Session 2 – 180 min
Endurance Training Long Marston To Stratford 12 miles
* 5th July Session 3 – 240 min
Hill Training Dumbleton 8 miles
* 12th July Session 4 – 240 min
Endurance Training – Long Marston To Stratford 16 miles
* 19th July Session 5 – 240 min
Hill Training Dumbleton 8 miles
* 2nd August Session 6 – 480 min
Endurance Training Barton to Stratford and back 20 miles

Bookable seperatly, Carolyn Whittington has arranged some challenging walks in August/September in Malvern:

Carolyn’s Marathon Training Malvern 16miles: 16th August


Carolyn’s Marathon Training Malvern 20 miles: 23rd August:


Carolyn’s Marathon Training Malvern 16 miles: 1st September–Carolyn’s-Marathon-Training-(16-Miler)


If you need any equipment such as poles, paws or anything else from or 0333 12345 40 order by 29th of June via phone or 1st July online to have it delivered to me and save your postage, next one not till End of September/October.  Leki Supreme Shark 2017 are no longer available as they have been exceeded by Leki Supreme Shark 2018, the only difference is the adjustment is a twist lock. The alternative is either Leki Spin Speedlock or Leki Instructor Carbon Lites.

Glow – Healthy Eating Plans

Get ready for the beach with Nordic Walking and Healthy Eating!  Nordic Walking is taking another great step forward by teaming up with Glow. The healthy eating plans are 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 very good. “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!


Rustick Nordic Walking Festival – two mini reports:

I had a wonderful couple of days at the Rustic Nordic Walking Festival in the Peak District.  My first walk was ‘Rising above the Dove.  It was a fairly strenuous walk, but the views were wonderful and our leader gave us lots of information about our surroundings.  Later that day I joined the Stretching Class which was very informative and great after an 8 mile walk!  
The following morning, I joined the ‘Pole’ates class which was designed to make use of the poles and concentrated on movement relevant to Nordic Walking.
This was followed by an 8.5 mile walk which was stunning, and a little gentler than the day before.
The atmosphere at the event was so happy and friendly, and it was good to meet other like-minded people, as well as bumping into people from other groups whom I had walked with before. Basically, a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days.



What an amazing experience! The weather was beautiful, the venue stunning and the organisation worked extremely well given the complicated time table. On Friday, my first activity was a Ski Fit session. It was fairly energetic but as a skier, I could see how useful it would be before my annual trip to the mountains. It would also be an excellent general fitness tool.  Fortunately, I had a couple of hours to relax before my first walk – which although only just over 6 miles was quite a climb the views from the ridge were certainly worth the struggle. We made our descent to the beautiful River Dove and the famous stepping stones. I didn’t exactly skip over them but I was pleased to make it to the other side with dry feet.  The evening was rounded off with a B.B.Q. at the venue in the lovely grounds of Tissington Hall. Full marks for the food and the setting.  The weather on Saturday was even better and my workshop at 9.30 was using appliances called Smoovies! Hollow rubber handled flexible tubes filled with ball bearings. We had to do a number of Moves with the Smoovies and although it may have looked gentle it was far from it. A bit of a sit down would have been welcome afterwards but my next walk was only half an hour later. This was a longer trek – about eight and a half miles over stunning countryside. Again, marvellous views, charming cattle and as with everything I experienced at the Festival Simply Super People.   I am certainly looking forward to next year – an extra day would be really good!