April 18th, 2011
Walking festival in Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park has teamed up again with Shepherds Walks to bring together the third Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival – www.rothburywalking.co.uk – in June. With sixteen walks over eight days there is something for everybody from short history walks to walks along the border ridge between England and Scotland.
Drover Roads of Coquetdale – an 8 mile guided walk looking at the old drover roads that criss-crossed Rothbury and Coquetdale. When droving was at its peak between the 16th-18th Centuries, great trains of cattle of traditional hardy hill breeds were driven from Scotland to the markets of England. These old green roads – many of them hundreds of years old – still wind through the hills and make firm walking through breathtaking countryside.
Nordic Walking – a full day’s training course for those wanting to try out this way of walking for fitness and health. Nordic Walking is perfect for people who want to get more active and fit. It is simple to learn, suitable for people who have been inactive for a while and a great way to gently encourage full body movement. The poles help to reduce pressure on the knees and joints and help propel the walker along making walking feel easier than you expect.
The festival walks are led by a range of experienced walk guides from the National Park (www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk) and from Shepherds Walks, set up by Jon Monks, a local Northumbrian hill shepherd (www.shepherdswalks.co.uk).