Many Canberra Nordic Walkers are taking their poles on fabulous walks around Australia and the world. Read about and be inspired by their experiences.
New Zealand – February 2017: By Laurna Burnham
Canberra Nordic Walker Laurna Burnham tested out her new Nordic Walking poles and skills during a terrific and varied range of walks in New Zealand – around the bushland tracks of Lake Otamangakau, walking to Aratiatia Lookouts near the Huka Falls, and to Okerere Falls, and a walk to a lake in Tongariri National Park that somehow turned into a climb up to the Skyline on Mount Raupehu! Read Laurna’s full story about her New Zealand adventure Here.
Western Australia Cape to Cape Track – December 2016 , By Kristen Pratt
Rated one of the Top Ten multi-day walks in Australia by Australian Geographic, the Cape-to-Cape Track meanders for 140km across the spectacular coastline of the Margaret River Region in the South West corner of Western Australia. Walkers pass through coastal heath, magical karri forest and woodlands to sweeping cliff top views, spectacular remote beaches, limestone caves and historic lighthouses.
The Cape to Cape is the longest and most famous track. The 140 kilometre (five to six day walk) track traverses along the ridge and beaches of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park following the coast from Cape Naturaliste, Dunsborough to Cape Leeuwin, Augusta. The walk takes in amazing views of sea and landscapes including wildflowers in spring and the stunning Indian Ocean. See more photos and learn more about walking the Cape to Cape track Here.
Piedmont, Northern Italy – July 2016
In July this year my partner and I did a fabulous 8-day self-guided Nordic Walk in the north of Italy with Hidden Italy – Italy Walking Tour Specialists. Starting and finishing in beautiful Alba, 95 kilometres south of Turin, this circular walk explores the sweet rolling hills of the Langhe, one of Italy’s premier wine and food regions, which is scattered with villages and castles that date from Roman times and which is crisscrossed with trails that have been walked for centuries.
To read the full story and see more photos click here – Piedmont – Hidden Italy Nordic Walk.
Camino D’Santiago in Spain – May 2016
In early May we received this email message from Canberra Nordic Walker Bev Gaykema “So far I have walked @100km along the Camino de Santiago, only 200kms left! My Nordic walking poles have been invaluable. Today was quite difficult with very rough paths over some mountains of @1,500m, the NW poles helped my get up the mountains and I couldn’t have descended along the steep rocky paths without the stability and balance the NW poles provided. Thank you for teaching me how to use NW poles and making this walking trip possible”
What’s even more impressive are the health issues that Bev had to consider before embarking on a 320km walk: Bev has Ehlers–Danlos syndrome Type 3 which means she has:
– Unstable joints that are prone to sprain, dislocation, subluxation
– Loose skin which tears easily
– Early onset of osteoarthritis – particularly in my knees, hips and lower back
– Propensity to tear tendons or muscles easily
– Deformities of the spine – scoliosis and lordosis
– And just to top it off she was also recovering from a broken foot.
Bev said “Add to that being middle aged (60!!) and overweight – one does not seem the ideal candidate for a long walk. But, my philosophy is “If you don’t try it you wont know if you can do it”, so armed with my trusty Nordic Walking Poles for physical support, stability and weight bearing, I decided to join my friend and head off on the Camino. There were some injuries along the way – massive blisters, a torn tendon (both related to EDS) and muscle cramps, we walked @15kms per day for 3 weeks and we made it!”
**Read the full account of Bev’s amazing walk here – Bev’s Camino Walk**
Maria Island – Tasmania: January 2015
In January 2015 I spent four unforgettable days on Maria Island – a National Park, just a short boat ride from Triabunna on Tasmania’s East Coast. The stunning walks were along firm beaches and formed bush tracks – averaging between 10-17km per day, requiring a moderate level of fitness.
We had two wonderful guides (Sue and Dayna) – who were incredibly knowledgeable about the island, history, flora, fauna and gourmet chefs to boot! – no wonder they’ve won so many gourmet traveler food awards! Every meal was sensational – highlighting the best of Tassie food and wine. The Maria Island walk is highly recommended and suitable for Nordic Walking.