Friday, July 15, 2005


Was The Long Man of Wilmington The Worlds First Nordic Walker ?

Many thanks to 'Nordic Walking News' subscriber - Richard Mathews, for alerting me to this interesting story:

Richard was watching a television program one evening which featured the "Long Man of Wilmington" a figure etched into Windover Hill in East Sussex on the South Coast of England. Richard said:

"It made me wonder, was this the Worlds first Nordic Walker ?"

Some authorities believe the figure dates back to Roman times, others to the Bronze age whilst others suggest, the 11th century. ...

And we thought that the origins of Nordic Walking dated back only to the early 1900's when cross country skiers were known to use their poles for summer 'snow free' training ?

You will see what Richard means when you view the photos at:

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