Moving to the hills?

Well after the best part of 40 years in the flats of Suffolk and Cambs, it looks like we'll be moving "oop North" to Nelson in Lancs. After venturing outside, away from the treadmill, but still on the relatively flat footpaths and pavements around here, I (and the fledgling runner Mrs S) are having a little trepidation at the prospect of facing some massive mountains. (Probably only minor hillocks to the hardy Pennine and Lakes runners).

Any words of encouragement would be welcome and anyone with any experience of life in Nelson and Pendle please get in touch.

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  • Have no experience to offer advice but its a beautiful part of the country, will be fab to be able to run there x

  • It'll be tough at the start but you'll be a hill expert in no time. I really notice it when running events with my friends that only run flat routes, they get tripped up by the smallest hills. Big hills make for great goals. You may start off walking most of the way, but the first time you run the entire thing you feel on top of the world.

  • Hmm, Pendle is a bit hilly compared to Cambs and Suffolk but I'm sure there are some flatter roads and paths in and near Nelson. It's fairly hilly where I live but I managed to stick to flat routes for some time and then found hills that weren't too steep and gradually added a bit more - it's very much a work in progress :-D I look at the map when I plan a route so I can check that I'm not crossing too many contours! If it's too steep I walk a bit. Paths near rivers and train lines are often a good bet for flatter routes! There's some lovely scenery in the Pendle area.

  • Welcome to the North Stewie ! There's some fantastic scenery around Nelson and Pendle . Steeped in history too with the Pendle Witches !

    Lots of trails and places to run and walk . I think you'll love it around there :-) xxx

  • I'm in Hebden Bridge, not a million miles away, and find using the local canals useful for flatter routes.

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