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.

Spring Is In The Air

Beautiful day here in Kielder

Blue skies fluffy clouds, hot sunshine – ideal for a Nordic Walk.

Birds in the trees, buzzards soaring up high, daffodils and crocuses peeking through the mulch.

Nordic Walking Holidays at Kielder

Announcing  our new Nordic Walking Holidays for 2011

In association with Twenty Seven B&B Terry is running weekend Nordic Walking Holidays this year.

See information on Nordic Walking Holidays page and get in touch for full details.

Go On Push Yourself Forward for a great weekend and the start of your health and fitness journey.

World Nordic Walking Day – Sunday 22 May 2011.

World #Nordic walking day will be on Sunday 22 May 2011.


Join me for a Walk In The Park to celebrate

Kielder Challenge Walk [25.4 miles] – Saturday 10th September 2011

Jon Monks at Shepherds Walks organises the Kielder Challenge Walk each year up here in Kielder.

Last year I was going to do the 25.4 miles around Kielder Water on the Lakeside Way but it clashed with another event the Montane Kielder 100 MTB race – a busy weekend for the B&B – so I didn’t enter.

I did take the girls for a short Nordic Walk from Kielder down to Bakethin and back and saw a few runners enjoying the early morning mist before the heat of the day set in [ see   ], the walkers hadn’t got to me by then but it was a great day to be out on the Lakeside Way.

SO this year, 2011, as the Kielder Challenge Walk is on Saturday 10th September a week after the Kielder 100 race on Saturday 3rd September I thought it would be good to put best pole forward and have a Nordic Walk around the Lake for a bit of a challenge.

So I’ll be there on the start line at Hawkhope at 08:00 hours – poles poised …

If there are any other Nordic Walkers out there who fancy the Challenge get in touch, have a chat with Jon at Shepherd’s Walks.