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.

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 spring/ summer 2021 are as follows:

  1. Monday 29th March (10am start) 
  2. Wednesday 14th April (10am start)
  3. Tuesday 11th May (10am start)
  4. Monday 14th June (1.30pm start) 
  5. Friday 16th July (10am start) 
  6. Wednesday 4th August (1.30pm start)

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 summer term 2021 these will be on Fridays starting at 4pm at Thornham Walks on the following dates: 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April, 7th May and 14th May, 11th June, 18th June, 25th June, 2nd July and 9th July.  The cost for all 10 sessions is £62.50 per person or you can pay-as-you-go for £7 per walk.  

Nordic Walking for People over 55 who are ‘Still on the Go’!

In partnership with the ‘Still on the Go’ project, Charlotte is leading two fully funded ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ courses for people over 55 on Wednesday afternoons in the summer term of 2021.  These will be based at Charlotte’s Wood.  Course 1 will be on the following dates 31st March, 7th April, 14th April and 5th May with the sessions running from 2.30 – 3.30pm.  Course 2 will be on the following dates 16th June, 23rd June, 30th June and 14th July with the sessions running from 1-2.00pm.  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 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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