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Time to get ready for Autumn

Autumn is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking seasons for embracing the joys of Nordic Walking. As leaves change colour and the air turns crisp, our walks become both refreshing and visually enchanting. However, like any outdoor activity, preparation is key. Here's how to gear up for your Nordic Walking adventures this Autumn:

1. Reproof

- Now's the perfect time to reproof your kit. Waterproof jackets and shoes are paramount. And a tip: while reproofing your walking trousers won't make them completely waterproof, it will offer better rain resistance – perfect for that Cornish mist!

2. Layer Up!

- With fluctuating temperatures, layering is essential. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to manage sweat. Add a light fleece or sweater, and finish with a waterproof, windproof jacket.

3. Footwear Matters

- Autumn terrains can be wet and slippery. Consider waterproof, non-slip walking shoes or cross-trail shoes. Some walkers transition to boots in winter, but if new boots aren't in your plans, waterproof socks that reach higher on your legs can be a good cheaper alternative.

4. Mind the Poles

- After each walk, ensure you wipe down your Nordic Walking poles. If you have adjustable poles, remember to wipe and collapse them to prevent sticking.

5. Stay Visible

- As daylight wanes, our evening Nordic Walks continue through autumn and winter. You'll need a headlamp for our woodland walks at Trelissick.

6. Hydrate and Snack

- Even in cooler weather, using poles means exerting more energy. Always have a water bottle on hand, and maybe even a thermos with something warm. Energy bars or nuts can also be handy for a quick energy boost.

7. Check the Weather

- Autumn's weather can surprise you. Your instructor or Walk Leader will always monitor conditions. While rain won't stop us, lightning or amber warnings might require a change of venue or even a cancellation. Stay updated via the WhatsApp Group for your walk.

8. Warm up and Cool Down

- The chill might mean your muscles need a tad longer to get ready. We'll ensure everyone's warmed up before setting off.

Considering new kit purchases? If you're after advice, Kelly—with 13 years of year-round Nordic Walking experience—has top tips to share.

And always remember: with the right kit, there's no such thing as bad weather. Here's to joyful Nordic Walking this autumn!

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