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.

In partnership with Coastal Leisure Learning, Charlotte runs an eight week ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course.  The first four sessions are held at Charlotte’s Wood in Wilby and for the last four sessions 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 contact Coastal Leisure Learning for 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.

Health Walks

Charlotte organises regular ‘Health walks’ for people who have learned the Nordic Walking technique.  These are friendly and sociable occasions (usually involving a pub lunch) 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.  This year Charlotte is aiming to lead 20 themed walks to celebrate 20 years since the formation of the International Nordic Walking Federation.  Dates for spring term 2020 walks are as follows (please contact Charlotte for the full list of 20 walks)

  1. Tuesday 7th January (1.30pm start) – ‘Heath and Coast Walk’ at Dunwich
  2. Wednesday 5th February (10am start) – venue TBC
  3. Friday 21st February (1.30pm start) – venue TBC
  4. Tuesday 3rd March (1.30pm start) – venue TBC
  5. Sunday 22nd March (10am start) – venue TBC

There is no charge for the walk – instead we make a £3 per person donation to charity.  Currently we are collecting for Combat Stress and Emmaus.  Poles can be provided if needed.  Please complete the contact form (below) if you are interested in joining our group.

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 spring term 2020 these will be on Thursdays at Thornham Walks on the following dates: 23/1/20, 30/1/20, 6/2/20, 20/2/20, 27/2/20, 5/3/20, 12/3/20 and 26/3/20.

There will be a ‘relaxed’ pace walk from 1.45 – 2.45pm for people who don’t want to walk as far.  This 8 week programme costs £40 per person or £6 per session.

There will be a ‘fast’ pace walk from 3.15 – 4.30pm for those wishing to develop a higher level of fitness.  This 8 week programme costs £50 per person or £7 per session.

Nordic Walking for People over 50 in Bungay

In partnership with Lowestoft O-Go-Go, Charlotte is leading a ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ programme for people over 50 on Friday afternoons in the spring term 2020.  These will be based in Bungay and will run from 3.15-4.15pm on the following dates: 24th January, 31st January, 7th February, 14th February, 28th February, 6th March, 13th March and 27th March.  For more information and booking, please telephone Charlotte on 07879 653488 or complete the booking form below.

Charlotte is a pole retailer for Exel 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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