September 2013 – Nordic Walking an Introduction – course

New courses for Hexham starting September 2013

Nordic Thursday return – afternoons 4-5 or evening 6-7  in September – starting Thursday 5th.

Nordic Walking – an Introduction

in association with QEHS – more details to follow.

Spring programme

Watch Out for the Spring Nordic Walking programme at Kielder coming soon.


2012 has been a difficult year with family circumstances

I have kept sane through personal walking with my poles.

The weather and economic downturn have also affected my Nordic Walking activities

ROLL on 2013

Kielder Marathon



What an experience



Kielder Challenge Walk – Nordic Poles

Great walk yesterday, 25.4 miles in a leisurely 7 hours 45 minutes amble.

Met an old friend and walked most of the route together.

Lots of cheerful, sociable folk – thanks to the support team for water and bananas


Next event for me is the Kielder Marathon next month – oh err …

Kielder Challenge Walk tomorrow

Wow – doesn’t it all come around very quickly?

8am tomorrow and I will be at Hawkhope Car Park on N side of the dam wall ready will many others to walk around little old Kielder Water.

The challenge walk is run by Jon Monks of Shepherds Walks each year and is open to runners, walkers and Nordic Walkers.

With a starting field of 200 and walking counter-clockwise ( up to Kielder on North side – south to Leaplish and back to the start ) it should be great fun.

Where did the summer go?

A busy summer for Jill’s B&B and Self Catering Cottage has meant all of a sudden it looks like autumn, leaves turning, mornings getting darker, cooling down, even the midges are not so prevalent.

Training for the old marathon in October has suffered too – lucky to get out once a week for a run and finding it hard to get past 16miles.

The school holidays have meant it has been hard to get the girls out for the regular Friday morning Nordic Walk too.


Nordic Walk – Deadwater Fell (571m) – Descent

Time to move.

Nordic Walk – Deadwater Fell (571m) – Summit & Nowt

Time to explore.
Ray dome, ariels, buildings, shelter, trig point,
views – it is an awesome place – it makes you want to run around like a child to drink in each new vista.
Not a warm place at the best of times so no time to dawdle but a thrilling place to be and to think.

LUNCH ! [Now that is a whole other post… ]

On the ascent we had chattered about zigs and zags. As a logical, mathematical type I think its intuitive that on a zig zag path you always zig first (Otherwise they would be zag zigs!) and the zig can either be leftwards or rightwards initially and I don’t get stressed about that.

The views over Peel Fell were grand despite the low cloud, shrouding the top.

J and M were well impressed with Deadwater Fell – photo time, view viewing and the Lunch m mrr.

Nordic Walk – Deadwater Fell (571m) – Ascent

After several weeks preparation, technique honing and stamina building -today saw the ascent on Deadwater Fell – the significant hill overlooking Kielder which sports a ray-dome, many antennae and various buildings on its summit.

The day was cool, early morning haze promising to burn off and M had prepared the essential Walking Bread for the summit snack.

The team set off on the easy, level path following the old disused Borders County Railway line out of Kielder village  – heading Scotland ward through the ever improving early mist.

After a mile and thoroughly warmed up the group crossed the main road and started up the forest track that would lead them a further 2.5 miles to the summit. No feeding sheep to welcome us onto the first slope or the day so it was best pole forward and up, up, up.

Base camp was at Cattle Grid number 2 and a short break to rearrange clothing, slurp water and blow noses! Into the dark forest with a pair of buzzards squealing and circling above we started on the first Zig. A stiff climb around the bend to start the first Zag and another comfort break before the gradual ascent to Jimmy’s Hill gate and views down over the valley. Its surprising how fast we were ascending. Easy going underfoot, poles marching onwards and talk about the feast of bread soon to be taken.

Sweeping round the bend onto the next Zig and a rougher surface but ever upward. Swinging east again onto the next Zag and a long stiff climb through the trees that would bring us to Cattle Grid number 3 and the splitting of the route. Stunning views down to Kielder from our 390m high vantage point.

Todate this had been our highest point on our previous excursions, so with excitement mounting we turn left and headed up the steep track toward the summit – one of many false ones on the last stage of the journey. Accompanied only by the long string of giant power line poles we slowed the pace and started up. The ground was steep but dry, loose rocks and pebbles but easy going with the Nordic poles. Interspersed by several stops – purely to admire the view behind us – we headed ever on and ever up until our first glimpse of the ray dome that is such a significant feature of the summit.

The sight of this spurred the group on as the summit was now in reach, views back behind us were stunning and although a little misty the sun glinted of the lake below. The mist sat in the valleys and showed the beauty and splendour that is Kielder. All thoughts now were on the final push, some shelter and perhaps the walking bread ensconced deep in M’s rucksack.

There is a small dip prior to the windswept summit and this afforded the chance to put back on a layer or two before cresting the top and beholding the magnificence which is Deadwater summit.

Into the Specere shelter:

Click for more information on this piece of Kielder Art and Architecture

The summit reached and the team were well chuffed.