Autumn walking near Bristol, vitamin D reminder and stress-busting advice

I’m back from my holidays refreshed and raring to go!  Mallorca, the Surrey Hills and County Durham were stunning with some good Nordic walking opportunities.  However there is something closer to home which I am very keen to explore over the next few weeks - Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.  

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Cross-country skiing in Finland

As many of you may know, I have spent the last week in Akaslompolo, a small Lapp village deep within the Arctic Circle - the perfect place for cross-country skiing. 

This was our second Bristol Nordic Walking trip to Finland and I came with Polly, Ginny, Martin and Bina, none of whom had cross-country skied before. Nordic walking has its origins in cross-country skiing and given how much we love that, why not take it to the next level and try Nordic skiing?

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Longer walks, research update and how to exercise after 40

I’m bursting with news this week, so read on and enjoy.

Longer walks and trips abroad

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Time to get stuck in again – and our October trip to Spain is shaping up


Glorious mud!

Every year there comes a time when a mud blog seems appropriate, and today’s the day. Those crisp icy walks having been replaced by slippery surfaces and boggy patches.

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Year in review 2016 and what’s ahead in 2017

2016 has been our busiest year to date, despite the appallingly wet weather at the start.  Thanks to your support and enthusiasm Bristol now has more Nordic walkers than ever before and we believe Bristol Nordic Walking is now the UK’s biggest Nordic walking club.  Here’s a brief summary of what we did during 2016:

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How far can you walk? Plus a simple breathing technique for de-stressing and better sleep

I’ve just returned home from our Cotswolds Way walking weekend.  We covered 18 miles yesterday and 10 today.  Those taking part really rose to the challenging distances and, I think, surprised themselves by how well they managed.  It has caused me to reflect on the question of how far you can walk in a day.

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Walks in Dartmoor and the Cotswolds, Nordic walking festivals and Nordic skiing in Finland

We have been putting our 2016 weekend walks programme together and we’re really excited to offer you a fist-full of options to choose from.  We love the weekends away as they’re an opportunity to spend a good few days exploring a new area, getting to know people a bit better and, of course, using our Nordic walking skills in different terrain!  Here’s a taster of what’s going on:

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Join some beautiful walks around Bristol

We have some cracking longer walks coming up over the next few months, including an author visit, plus a new regular walk starting shortly in Nailsea.  They are too good to give just a brief mention to in our Newsletter so here’s more detail.

New Nailsea regular walk

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Journeys: One step at a time is good walking

My blog this week has a philosophical bent. Three groups of our walkers were doing something this weekend that they'd never done before, and for some it was either part of or the completion of a journey.

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Race to the Stones 2015

Last weekend Joy, one of our walkers, joined over two thousand others and tackled the annual Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones 100k challenge.  Starting in the Chilterns, Oxfordshire, the race followed the Ridgeway National Trail, finishing next to the 5,000 year old stone circle at Avebury.  This is a route that I am interested in walking next year, maybe in one go or else over a couple of long weekends - so watch this space!  In the meantime, here is Joy's account of her experience:

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