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 me a good opportunity to suggest which walks are most suitable for you. Nordic Walking UK Instructors will always make sure you stay at the pace and level that is right for you.

I offer Adventure Walks, Wellbeing Walks and Workout Walks and 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

Simply enjoy sociable Nordic Walking in stunning locations with a mixed ability group. Lead by accredited instructors or leaders, these walks make the most of our beautiful country and are a relaxing way to enjoy being active outdoors.

Wellbeing Walk

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

Workout Walk

For those who have completed the Learn to Nordic walk course – these action packed one-hour walks are designed to help you to improve your fitness levels and gain FAST results. Your qualified instructor will add motivating drills and exercises into a fast paced fun walk.

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. The 4-gear learn-to-nordic-walk programme breaks the technique down into 4 one-hour sessions, or 3 sessions of 60-80 minutes. Learning a new skill over this sort of time period is a tried and tested method of mastering the skills.

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 learn-to-walk 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 I will explain how you can get your FREEDOM passport which will unlock all of the walks on offer.

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 learn-to-walk 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. Once you have completed your course and received your FREEDOM passport you will be entitled to a 10% discount off poles and equipment at the Nordic Walking UK store.

What is the FREEDOM programme?

Once you have completed the 4-gear learn-to-nordic-walk programme you will receive your FREEDOM passport. This is not only a certificate to show that you have completed the course but also gives you access to book any sessions with Sherwood Nordic Walking and other Nordic Walking UK (NWUK) instructors all over the UK. It also gives you 12-months FREE membership with NWUK which has added benefits such as discounts at Cotswold Outdoors and other partners.

How much does it cost?

Taster sessions are £5.

The learn-to-nordic-walk technique course is £30.

Adventure walks, Workout walks and Well-being 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, Nordic Walking Brand Ambassador

Tracy Hall from Sherwood Nordic Walking is proud to deliver the award winning Nordic Walking UK FREEDOM 4 gear programme.