Frequently Asked Questions
You must have had some basic Nordic walking training before you can join us, either with us or with an instructor elsewhere. We run regular beginners workshops where you will learn the technique in just over an hour. Click here to see more and to book. Our sister company Nordic Walking Bath has its own website.
Anyone who can walk and swing their arms freely can Nordic walk. Most of our regular walks are an hour long so require you to be able to walk for that amount of time. However there is a shorter, slower paced walk for those who want to go at a more gentle pace. Our hour long walks are a mix of ﬂat and hilly walks to suit different ﬁtness needs.
No. We provide Nordic walking poles but if you have your own by all means bring them.
The very best footwear is waterproof, breathable walking shoes. If you don’t have these then trainers are good but you’ll get wet feet if the grass is wet. Walking boots are good because they support your ankles but on older boots the sole can be quite rigid, making it dificult to roll your foot actively (part of the Nordic walking technique). Take a look at our blog on what shoes to wear for Nordic walking for more information and some recommendations.
No special clothing is required, just check out the weather conditions and dress appropriately. Layered clothing is better with breathable fabrics and a waterproof jacket. Nothing bulky as this will restrict you when you Nordic walk. A hat and thin gloves are important in cold weather, although you will warm up. Jogging bottoms or stretchy trousers are better than jeans. We have various blogs on what you should wear when Nordic walking (see ‘Kit’ category).
Water if the weather is warm. Leave your handbag at home and bring a bumbag or small backpack instead. Our instructors may be able to carry stuff for you as well.
Yes, unless walking conditions become slippery and unsafe due to snow or ice. We will let you know if a class is cancelled and you will get your money back. We never walk in thunderstorms.
Nordic walking is used extensively across Europe as ﬁtness training, but also can be used as a rehabilitative tool. Most of our classes are designed to improve general fitness and we look at them in a similar way to a gym class, but you can make your walk as hard or as easy as you want. Come to a Beginner Workshop and our instructors can evaluate your fitness and discuss which Nordic walks will be best for you.
The maximum number we will take in a group is 16 although most Nordic walks have less than this. You can see how many places are left when you book. We ask you to book onto a class through our online booking and if walks are very popular we recommend you book early. There is a 24 hour cancellation period.
No. They have a different grip and strap from Nordic walking poles and this makes it difficult to master the correct Nordic walking technique.
Yes we can recommend what type of poles would be best for you so just speak to your instructor. There are lots of factors to take into consideration – where you’ll be walking, whether you want to travel with your poles, how much you are planning to use them etc. See our blog on our top pics for Nordic walking poles.
You need to go to your Customer Area which you’ll see when you click on Book Now. You can see and manage all your walks from there. You are able to cancel up to 24 hours before the start of your class. Longer Nordic walks and events have various cancellation policies and details will be on the booking page.