What makes Nordic Walking different to a brisk walk?

It is all in the poles… unlike when trekking or rambling, Nordic Walking poles are planted behind you in order to propel you along. This engages the upper body muscles and arms and also makes you feel lighter on your feet. Nordic Walking turns a regular walk into a workout, but it doesn’t feel a though you are working any harder as the poles take away the impact from your joints, help you to walk quicker and tone your arms at the same time!

I am worried that I am not fit enough.

Nordic walking is suitable for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. If you can walk, then you can nordic walk. The taster sessions give you a good idea of what nordic walking can do for you and also give your Instructor a good opportunity to suggest which walks are most suitable for you. Your Instructor will always make sure you stay at the pace and level that is right for you.

We offer Adventure Walks and Wellbeing Adventure Walks so there is something for everyone.

What is a Taster Session?

A 45-minute session that will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic walking can be and how it is far more than just walking with poles!

Get a taste of how light you will feel on your feet, how the whole body is mobilised and why you need to take the time to learn the technique.

What is the difference between the different types of walk?

Adventure Walk

Sociable moderately-paced Nordic Walking in stunning locations with a mixed ability group. These words are led by your Instructor or Walk Leader and enable you to the most of our surroundings and nature. What better way to enjoy being active outdoors.

Wellbeing Adventure Walk

A gentle safe way to improve your fitness, flexibility, balance and strength! These walks may include exercises that help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using poles to improve general fitness and increase joint mobility. The walks are suitable for beginners, those who want to build up to the longer or more vigorous walks or may have concerns about their health.

Why do I need to do a course?

In order to get the most out of Nordic walking it is essential to learn the correct technique. Our Technique course breaks the method down into manageable sessions, usually 3 sessions of 60 minutes. Learning a new skill over this sort of time period enables you to build up the layers and you are more likely to get the hang of the technique therefore maximising the benefits of using the poles.

How many people will there be on a course or walk?

For most courses there is a maximum of 8 spaces. This is partly due to the number of poles available to use, and also so that the group is a manageable size so that 1:1 attention can be given. On regular walks we currently have a maximum of 15 spaces.

What if I can’t do all 3 sessions?

Ideally you would attend all sessions as the technique is learned in ‘layers’, and your brain and body need time to process the new information and movements. However, I will be running regular Technique courses so it may be possible to switch to another at a different time or location. It may also be possible to fit in a catch-up by arrangement.

I can already Nordic Walk. Can I join in?

Of course you can! Get in touch and we can arrange a Refresher session to check you have the full technique required to join in on our regular walks.

What should I wear?

All you need it the correct clothing and footwear for the weather. We recommend comfortable walking shoes or trail shoes with flexible soles are ideal. A small rucksack is a good idea and you should always bring a bottle of water.

Do I need to buy my own poles?

Poles are provided for Taster sessions and Technique course and can be used for regular walks, but in time you may want to purchase your own and we can advise on the best ones for you.

How much does it cost?

Taster sessions are £5.

The Technique course is £30.

Adventure walks and Wellbeing Adventure walks are £6 for 60-90 minutes.

Longer walks and weekend walks are £8.

Special event walks prices vary.

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please get in touch.

Tracy Hall is Lead Instructor at Sherwood Nordic Walking and has regular walks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at various locations across the area including Thoresby Park, Clumber Park, Langold Country Park, Idle Valley Nature reserve and along the Chesterfield canal.