September 2019

As Autumn approaches, it allows us some time to reflect and look back to the Spring and Summer calendar. It has been a fantastic season with so much going on. As well as all our regular weekly walks lots of other Adventures have taken place, kicking off in April with the Longhorn Challenge. Some of you have already entered for the October event and we shall be going back in April 2020 for more.

May brought us our second Rustick Festival based in Thorpe. A non-hub based event which was a great success bringing many visitors from all over the UK and welcoming new members who converted to the Freedom Passport. The first-ever Derby Walking Festival was held in May, Sam offered a Taster for this event and will hope to spread the word for next year as it grows. Janneke trained and supported a group of Nordic Walkers to take part in the Leaden Boot Challenge, 26 miles with 5,800ft of ascent and descent. Congratulations to all who took part as you all completed it. Phew, if that’s not enough most of them then took part in the White Peak Walk Challenge in July as well.

The month of June brought us the Grasmere Gallop, Chamonix Nordic Walking Holiday, the visit to Hardwick Hall with Chesterfield Nordic Walking and the launch of Speedhyking with Colin McLean. In July some of our members took part in the Derby Sunrise City Walk and dressed appropriately for this, being great sports as usual. Later in the month Sam took a group up to the Lake District and enjoyed 3 days walking around the Ullswater Way with Nicola Sproson from Nics Nordic Walks, which almost brings us up to date as we now prepare for the Autumn season. 

Adventure Walks continue to be a big part of what we offer at the weekends and some evenings. Great pictures are captured during these walks by John Greene and his camera. We have visited a Gin Distillery and Betty Kenny’s ancient Yew Tree in Shining Cliff Woods, Ambergate; been on a Steam Train along the Ecclesbourne valley after an 11-mile walk; walked up to the only Mountain in Derbyshire (only in name); along the Limestone Way and Cheedale as well as visiting the stunning Hydrangea Gardens (Mop Heads) in Darley Abbey Park followed by a drink and a basket of chips at the Silk Mill pub in Derby.

Pictures are always shared on Facebook and Instagram for you to view and a limited amount can be sent via What’s App upon request.

Congratulations to all those who have recently graduated, gained your Freedom Passports and are now joining us on our regular Nordic Walks. We hope you enjoy the journey to a fitter and healthier YOU. 

Look out for the announcement for a Discovery Day on October 12th in Allestree Park. One to share amongst friends and family, please come along and try one of our activities. Free Tasters for BungyPump, Smoveys, TMW, Mindfulness, Speedhyking. If you are a regular Nordic Walker your support will be appreciated, just come along for a coffee or you could take part in an Advanced technique session. If you are already a Nordic Walker but do not have the Freedom Passport we will offer conversions. We will need some help for this day so if you are willing and have some free time we will be looking for general support with the management of the day as well as a bit of baking for some healthy snacks/cakes. Bookings will be open very soon.