By Josine Baines at
I am starting to get excited as the warmer weather and longer days are starting! We walked at Penshurst Place recently and guess what – NO MUD on that dreaded hill! Hooray!
Many of you will have seen the photos of our walk last Friday at Firle Beacon – it was certainly a highlight of the month – but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it – I will do it again at some point and there are lots of other adventures coming up!
Firstly, we are heading into the Easter holidays and so the schedule is a bit skew-whiff! There are still plenty of walks this month, but not necessarily on the normal days and times.
In May we will be back to a normal schedule with a few tweaks – details will be in the next newsletter but to give you the heads up – I now have a licence to run walks in the Tonbridge Parks so am planning to introduce some well-being walks (Nordic Walks with some balance, coordination and strength activities) and possibly some shorter “power walks”. May will also see the return of regular evening walks!
Anyway – back to other news for April:
I am introducing some Teen Walks on a Tuesday evening (starting on 19 April). These walks are for young people aged 14 and over who want to learn a new skill (perhaps for Duke of Edinburgh), enjoy being outdoors and want to meet like- minded teenagers. The walks will take place in various locations in the Tonbridge area and each week will have a different focus of Nordic Walking technique (such as arm swing, planting the pole, using feet, hill technique, gears) and we may also try walking backwards or possibly some map reading. Margarita Anderson from Yoga by Margarita will join us on some of the walks and guide us through some yoga practice, mindfulness techniques and challenge us with a bit of problem solving! Some sessions may even end somewhere for a cold drink or an ice cream! Above all the walks are designed to be relaxed and fun and a chance to unwind after the school day. So please do spread the word to anyone who you think may be interested and I can provide more information.
Our longer walk this month is on Sunday 24 April we will be doing the first part of The High Weald Landscape Trail (a 95-mile trail from Horsham to Rye, through West and East Sussex and Kent. The route meanders through an AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), linking ridge-top villages and historic gardens). I risk assessed the first section of this walk yesterday and really loved it! The route for this walk will take us from Horsham to Bolney and is around 10 miles, although as always there will be an option to do a shorter distance (around 6-7 miles) if preferred.
Then looking ahead don’t forget to sign up for:
Nordic Walking with Qigong (Friday 27 May) – this is for everyone as we will walk at a gentle pace in the lovely Ashdown Forest and during our walk we will stop for an introductory Qigong session – led by the lovely Annabel Deans from Be Well with Annabel. If you are not sure what Qigong is – my best description would be that it is breath and movement sequences which work with the energy in your body. It is best done outdoors and is deeply energising. Annabel has given a much better description in the walk detail on the website!
Nordic Walking with Paddleboarding (Friday 17 June) an exciting session where we will enjoy a Nordic Walk in the Bodiam Castle area followed by a Paddleboarding lesson with SUP with Ana. Ana will provide boards, buoyancy aids and wetsuits (if required). There is an option just to do the walk (no paddleboarding) if you prefer – all available to book on the website.
Wishing you all a Happy Easter!
Lead Instructor and Business Owner
NORDIC WALKING TONBRIDGE