Friday, July 15, 2005


Heart Attack Hill

As Nordic Walkers we all know that it takes less effort to walk with poles than without and also that poles very much come into their own when walking up hills.

Out in the Purbeck Hills the other day, along the coast from my home in Poole, Dorset on the South Coast of England is the picturesque coastal village of Lulworth Cove. Just along the coastal path from Lulworth Cove is Durdle Door and just after that, Heart Attack Hill (no explanation needed).

I wanted a friend of mine to come along and walk the coastal path taking in Heart Attack Hill with our poles - The reason ? Simply because on previous occasions when we had done this walk without poles she had always had to stop to catch her breath at least a couple of times whilst climbing the hill. Inevitably she would also have to sit down on the way up and at the top to avoid fainting.

I'm pleased to say that with the poles she didn't need to stop once on the way up and when we reached the top she was able to stand without feeling faint to recover her breath. Need I say more ? What a great example of how Nordic Walking poles are fantastic when walking uphill.

For some wonderful photos of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door visit:

Note: On the Durdle Door page the top right hand photo shows Heart Attack Hill in all its glory - It's more impressive when you click on it to enlarge the photo. It's actually looks far steeper when you are climbing it for real !

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