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 with Charlotte!


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 Taster Sessions and ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ courses both in Wilby and other local venues.  The next Taster Session is taking place in Aldeburgh on 26th January 2024 from 15.30-16.30. Click the button for further information or to book.


Charlotte also runs private sessions on a 1:1 or small group basis. Prices for private tuition start at £40 for an hour 1:1 session at Charlotte’s Wood.

If you are interested in private tuition or would like to find out more about joining a group or a course, please complete the contact form below.

Nordic Health Walks 2024

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 there is the option to do either a longer walk (3-5 miles) or a shorter walk (1-2 miles).  Dates for 2024 are below.  Please click on the red button for further information about up and coming walks and to book your place.

Saturday 10th February (Hoxne and Oakey): 10am start for both walks

Saturday 2nd March (Melton and Woodbridge): start – 10am (long), 1pm (short)

Wednesday 24th April (Wickham Market): start – 10am (long), 1pm (short)

Saturday 11th May (Walberswick): start – 10am (long), 1pm (short)

Saturday 8th June (Aldeburgh and Thorpeness): start – 11am (short), 1pm (long)

Wednesday 17th July (Thornham Walks): start – 9am (short), 10.30am (long)

Sunday 11th August (Sutton Hoo): start – 10am (long), 4pm (short)

Wednesday 11th September (Dunwich Heath): start – 9am (short), 10.30am (long)

Monday 21st October (Newbourne): start – 10am (long), 1pm (short)

Sunday 10th November (Bungay): start – 11am (short), 1pm (long)

Tuesday 17th December (Southwold): start – 10am (long), 1pm (short)

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.  

Fitness Nordic Walks

A weekly ‘Fitness Nordic Walk’ in Wilby is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, get fit and connect with others.  The aim of these walks is to improve personal fitness and stamina through regular walking with poles. The group meets each Friday afternoon at 1pm to do a walk of 3-4 miles in length, following the same route over a number of weeks with the aim of improving our pace.  

Please note that you need to be familiar with the Nordic Walking technique in order to participate in Nordic Fitness Walks. Poles may be borrowed if you don’t have your own.  The cost of a 5-week block is £25 (£5 per walk) with a small booking fee to pay in addition to the advertised price.  If you aren’t able to attend all 5 sessions, you can book individual sessions at a cost of £7 (plus booking fee) 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 register an interest in learning to Nordic Walk please complete the form.

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