Nordic Walking

"If you can walk, you can Nordic Walk!"

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience.  With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking is a whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.  More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.

How will it benefit my body?

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing.  The result is a full body workout, which means that you:

  • burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
  • release tension in the neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • reduce the  impact on the joints

And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.

Learn to Nordic Walk at Charlotte’s Wood!

Charlotte is a British Nordic Walking Instructor and a qualified member of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA).  She uses the INWA 10 step method of Nordic Walking, an easy to follow progression, to help you master the technique.

Charlotte runs regular ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ courses.  The first four sessions of each course are held at Charlotte’s Wood in Wilby and there is an option to do a follow-up four week ‘Improvers’ course during which the group meets at various locations within a 15 mile radius of the main venue to allow you to practise the technique whilst enjoying the richness of Suffolk countryside and coast.  Please use the contact form below to get further details of the next ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course.

Charlotte also runs private sessions on a 1:1 or small group basis.  If you are interested in private tuition or would like to find out more, please complete the contact form below.

Prices for private tuition start at £40 for an hour 1:1 session at Charlotte’s Wood.

Nordic Health Walks

Charlotte organises regular ‘Health walks’ for people who have learned the Nordic Walking technique.  These are friendly and sociable occasions and the group is a mix of ages and levels of fitness.  We meet at a variety of different locations and our walks last 1.5 – 2.5 hours with shorter options for those who need it.  Dates for 2022 are as follows:

1. 19th Jan 10am – Debenham

2. 8th Feb 1pm – Melton

3. 14th March 10am -12pm and/or 1pm – 3pm Botesdale and Rickinghall 

4. 5th April 1pm – Harleston

5. 16th May 10am – Hoxne

6. 15th June 1pm – Aldeburgh and Thorpeness

7. 18th July 1pm – Framlingham

8. 10th August 1pm – Bungay

9. 20th September 10am – Kenton Hills

10. 10th October 10am – Stradbroke

11. 23rd November 1pm – Dunwich

12. 14th December 10am – Southwold

There is no charge for the walk – instead we make a £3 per person donation to a charity which is chosen by the group.  Poles can be provided if needed.  Please complete the contact form (below) if you are interested in joining any of the planned Health Walks.

Fitness Walks

During term time Charlotte runs weekly fitness walks for those who have learned the technique and would like to improve their levels of fitness.  During the spring term 2022 these will be on Fridays starting at 3.30pm in Wilby on the following dates: 28th January, 4th, 11th and 18th February and 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March.  The cost for all 8 sessions is £48 per person or you can pay-as-you-go for £6.50 per walk.  

Charlotte is a pole retailer for Exel Nordic Walking poles https://www.exelpoles.co.uk/collections/nordic-walking-poles

If you are interested in purchasing poles or accessories, please visit the website to make your selection and then contact Charlotte to place your order.

To find out more about Charlotte's Nordic Walking, please complete the form.

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