A free Nordic Walking session is being offered to walkers as part of Richmond’s 11th annual walking and book festival which kicks off activities later this month.
Nordic Walking, a technique which uses specially designed walking poles which propel you forward, is suitable for gentle walks for people with health concerns to workout walks. They are a great way to improve fitness, lose weight and tone the whole body.
The event - to take place on Thursday 1 October - will include an initial indoor explanation and demonstration of the basic technique. This will be followed by an outdoor practical session walk along the scenic disused railway line from Richmond Station to Easby Abbey and back - abut 2.5 miles. Walking poles will be provided free of charge for the event by Ramblers Holidays.
Organiser Trevor Thurlow says “This special event is a great way to try out Nordic Walking - a full body exercise that’s easy on the joints and recognised by the NHS as being beneficial to and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. We have a maximum of 20 places and I’m sure that this will be prove to be a popular event on our programme.”
The Walking and Book Festival held in the beautiful Georgian market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire and surrounding area. The festival - from 25 September to 4 October - promises a variety of delightful graded walks to choose from every day in some of the country’s most stunning countryside, as well as fascinating talks from popular and emerging authors.
The walks feature some exciting new routes as well as old favourites, such as the Swaledale Chain. And this year the organisers are delighted to welcome, amongst others, Peter Robinson, Rob Cowen and Alan Johnson MP, to the Festival’s book events.
The full programme is now available on the festival’s own website at www.booksandboots.org, and is supplemented by a printed brochure available in many local outlets. Tickets are now available from 1 July, and events can be booked online, by post or in person via the Festival box office at the Castle Hill bookshop in Richmond.