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 Beginner’s Technique course will give you a good idea of what nordic walking can do for you and will also give your Instructor a good opportunity to suggest which walks are most suitable for you.

We offer Adventure Walks (mixed ability) and Walk Leader *slower* Adventure Walks. From March we will also have Discovery Walks which are aimed at beginners, 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.

The Taster sessions are not currently available.

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. The groups are managed well so that all moderate to high abilities are catered for. What better way to enjoy being active outdoors.

Walk Leader Adventure Walk

These walks are led by qualified Walk Leader Tricia and cover between 3 1/2 and 4 miles. The pace is more steady than the other walks we do. These walks are suitable for anyone who fancies a gentle nordic walk, but wants to still get in the miles.

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, at the moment this is 1x 90 minute session or 2x 60 minutes.  This learning can be consolidated and reinforced by joining our regular nordic walks.

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

For most beginner’s courses there is a maximum of 6-8 spaces. This helps to keep the group to a manageable size so that 1:1 attention can be given where needed. On regular nordic walks we currently need a minimum of 2 participants, with a maximum limit of 8 on any of the Walk Leader-led sessions and 15 on Instructor-led sessions.

I can already Nordic Walk. Can I join in?

Of course you can! Get in touch and we can send you a health questionnaire to complete. If you want to be sure that you have the full technique required to join in on our regular walks book onto a Technique course session.

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 available to borrow for training sessions and regular walks, however if you would like advice on purchasing your own poles, we can help. We also have a small selection of poles for sale and can order from our supplier on your behalf.

How much does it cost?

The Beginner’s Technique course is £15 per session.

Adventure walks and Walk Leader Adventure walks are £6 for up to 2 hours.

I can't make any of the training dates

If you have a couple of friends or family members who would also like to learn the nordic walking technique, please get in touch. We can arrange a bespoke training session for you to learn together.

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 along with Walk Leaders Liz, Tricia and Elaine has regular walks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as well as once a month on a Saturday at various locations across the area including Thoresby Park, Clumber Park, Langold Country Park, Idle Valley Nature reserve and along the Chesterfield canal.