Try your hand at Nordic walking

PEOPLE are being encouraged to try one of the fastest growing fitness activities – Nordic Walking – at a free festival this weekend.

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking and gives participants virtually a whole body work-out. It is steadily growing in popularity across the UK and there has been an influx of activity in the North East over the last two years.

The Nordic Walking Festival takes place at Druridge Bay Country Park on Saturday, as a contribution to the national Walk 4 Life weekend.

The event, which runs from 1pm to 4pm, is suitable for adults and families with children aged six and above.

The country park’s standard car parking charge will apply. Activities at the festival will include beginner taster sessions for adults and families and one and two-hour walks for people who have had some experience of Nordic Walking. Pre-book for the festival via Northumberland Sport’s website www.northumberlandsport.co.uk or contact 01670 542343.

Everyone who takes part in the event will be entered into a free prize draw to win a pair of Nordic Walking poles, donated by Barefoot Studios.

The festival is organised by the Northumberland Nordic Walking Network, which is made up of physical activity providers in Northumberland, which have come together to support the development of Nordic Walking opportunities for the community.

The network has representatives from Northumberland Sport, Natural England, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland County Council, North Country Leisure Trust, Blyth Valley Art and Leisure Trust, Age UK Northumberland, Friends of Ashington Woods and Shepherds Walks.