Nordic Walking

Senior man nordic walking, enjoying the outdoors About Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective!! Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking

  • The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
  • The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN! Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity – the full Health technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by qualified Nordic Walking UK Instructors.


Beneficial for all
Nordic walking - active people working out outdoorNordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides benefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit.

Whatever age, fitness level or goal, – Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable.

Physical Benefits

  • Tones the upper and lower body at the same time
  • Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
  • Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
  • Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
  • Great for the Heart and Lungs
  • Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
  • Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster then normal without feeling the effort.

It is one of the most effective cross training techniques for athletes and sportspeople who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.

Nordic Walking in Colchester and Tendring

We walk every Wednesday and Saturday morning in High Woods Country Park , Colchester which has just become the first Nordic Walking Park in the UK. Also in Brightlingsea on a Saturday morning.

The walks are two levels of walk – a Workout Walk and a Health Walk, so the pace and distance is perfect for most. All walks are led by qualified and experienced Instructors and/ or Walk Leaders.

High Woods Country Park recently became the first Nordic Walking Park in the UK follow the story at

Learn to Nordic Walk

Try a Taster Session first free and if you enjoy this then you can join a group class or have a one to one course.

These lessons are 4 x 1 hour classes with an Instructor.

Dates, times and venue of free tasters, lessons and walk

What ever you decide my approach is enabling, and you can attend my walks with the confidence that I will help you to restore your self physically, mentally and spiritually.