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Walking festival returns to Northumberland

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Walking festival returns to Northumberland

The second free Nordic Walking Festival is set to take place this September as part of the national Walk4Life day.

The free festival will be at Seaton Delaval Hall on Sunday 23rd September from 11.30am to 3pm in the grounds of the hall.

Joanne Edwards, senior development manager for Northumberland Sport and one of the organisers of the festival, said: “This event will be a fantastic opportunity for people to have a go at Nordic walking for the first time within the stunning setting of Seaton Delaval Hall.

“It is a great activity which provides virtually a full body work out, but you actually feel as though you are expending less effort. Those with some experience will also be catered for with qualified instructors on hand to advise on their technique.”

This year’s event is aimed at adults all ages and families with children aged six and above. It is suitable for a wide variety of fitness levels. One and two hour walks will be delivered by qualified instructors, who will provide a short introductory course and lead the walks. Poles are provided.

Nordic walking is similar to cross country skiing on foot which uses special poles and burns 20% more calories than normal walking.

Clare Orange, health improvement practitioner at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Whilst providing all these health benefits, Nordic Walking is also an extremely fun activity, that can be done on roads, tracks, woodland, fields and even the beach. It is a great group activity for people of all ages and ability.

“I think the key to its success is that you don’t have to be an expert at it; you can take part at your own level. If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk, so it is an excellent activity for beginners and people returning to exercise.”

The festival is one of series of events organised by the Northumberland Nordic Walking Network which is supported by Northumberland Sport, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Blyth Valley Art and Leisure Trust, Friends of Ashington Woods, Shepherds Walks and volunteer Nordic Walking Instructors.

For more information or to book your place at the event visit or call 01670 623517.