Brenda McKenzie very kindly hosted a Christmas get together for the Nordic walking groups last evening. As you can see some of the walkers were very under dressed! Morning walks resume on 6th January at 10:15; evening walks 13th January at 6:30.
As a change from battling through overgrown fields, the group used the canal towpath tonight to walk from Old Roan to Maghull. Setting a steady pace led by one of our five new Nordic walking leaders, we completed the walk in a little over an hour and a quarter. Even though we are still in summer the breeze was keen at times, but was helpful to cool everyone down, however we could have done without the massive downpour just as we were nearing the end of the walk! Hopefully the weather will be kinder next week.
The Nordic walkers, both the morning and evening groups, met tonight for a summer gathering. After the torrential rain at the weekend, we were blessed with a balmy summer evening so were able to congregate in Brenda’s lovely garden. Following a short walk everyone settled down to an evening of lovely food, plenty of drinks and free flowing, often hilarious conversation. Safe to say it was a lovely evening enjoyed by all. Thanks to Brenda and John for hosting
Once a year the Monday evening Nordic walkers undertake a longer walk utilising the bus service to get to a distant start point and walk back to Lydiate. Having been cancelled on several occasions due to the wet weather, the walk was planned for tonight. Continue reading
Monday Evening Nordic Walking Group were blessed with a sunny evening when walking last night. The group continues to improve and now regularly complete a five mile walk in 1.5 hours. Five of the group have agreed to go on the Nordic Walking Leaders training which is provided by Active Sefton later this month. Most weeks we have up to 16 members taking part. We returned to Lydiate on 1st April and have been able to do a different walk each week since that date. The aim is to see how many different walks we can find. Next week we are getting the bus to Halsall and walking back along the canal to Lydiate weather permitting. On 8th July we have decided to do a shorter walk in Maghull and have a get together after. Appropriate photos will be added to website.!!!! watch this space. To join this group you do need to complete a free 4 hour training course run by Active Sefton. Details can be found on their website or visit the Group Support desk on a Tuesday morning. Poles are also available to borrow on each walk.
There is also a Nordic walk every other Monday morning more details are available from Group Support.
The Monday evening group will be walking from Halsall to Lydiate along the canal on 10th June. You would need to have been on the training for Nordic Walking to take part. If you are interested come to the Group Support desk on a Tuesday morning or text Brenda McKenzie on 07900525222.
The weather last night was perfect for walking and 12 members turned up at Nordic Walking in Lydiate. We completed a five walk in 1.5 hours, that’s 18 minute miles. That is the longest walk we have completed on a Monday night so we must be getting fitter.
You do need to complete a short course with Active Sefton before you can join the group. Our walks in the summer are from Lydiate and are for 1.5 hours. Our walks in the winter are shorter and last for 1 hour. We also offer an hourly walk every other Monday morning from the Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre.
Active Sefton have Nordic Walking groups most days of the week in different parts of the borough. If you want more details go onto the Active Sefton website or visit the group support desk on a Tuesday morning
Active Sefton held a launching event for their new Independent Walk Route pack on 3rd April. The Mayor of Sefton attended and we were invited to give an overview of how we have worked with Active Sefton to provide groups for our members which include:
- Nordic Walking
- Dance Fit
From 16/4 on the Group Support desk we will have copies of their latest pack of Independent Walk Routes which includes 12 walks from previous packs. They will be producing a further pack later in the year with 12 new walks. Also the new Sefton Spring Walking and Cycling newsletter is now available from the library and we have some copies
The final Nordic walk of 2018 took place tonight with 16 walkers taking their poles around Maghull to view the Christmas lights. With antlers, Santa hats, and various Xmas head gear donned the group made a festive sight, stopping for a photo in front of a particularly lovely garden display. At the end of the walk the poles were stashed and we retired to Brenda’s house for the traditional Christmas drinks and supper. The walks resume on Monday 7th January at 10:15 for the morning walk, or Monday 14th January at 6:30pm for the evening walk. Both walks start from Maghull Leisure Centre.
Eight U3A members recently took part in the free Nordic walk training provided by Sefton Council. This training costs the council £70 per person. To date only one of the people trained has taken part in a walk. This is a waste of council money and may prevent the U3A getting places in the future. It is important to consolidate the learning gained at the training by taking part in a regular walk. The health benefits are tremendous too! Walks are available on Monday mornings (fortnightly) at 10:15 am from Maghull Leisure Centre. Next walk is on 25th June. This is 60 minute walk. There is also a weekly walk on Monday evening, 6:30 from Lydiate scout hut for 90 minutes. There is no need to book for the walks, just turn up 10 mins before walk commences. Poles are available to use.