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Welcome to Nordic Walking Devon

If you're looking for an enjoyable way to improve your health and wellbeing, whilst being outdoors, Nordic Walking could be just for you. 


Nordic walking is a very effective way to improve many aspects of your 'physical fitness'. By walking with poles, the gentle push to propel yourself along engages all of your major muscles. This includes the upper body and core, making it an excellent way to walk more purposefully, improve cardio vascular fitness and burn many more calories, than just ordinary walking. The support and correct placement of the pole also helps to improve posture, along with helping to build and maintain muscle mass. It's also good for backs and very kind to joints.


It's recommended by Public Health England as an ideal activity for adults and older adults to meet with the recommended guidelines for health.  

To get started you just need to learn the basic technique by either attending a small group Nordic Walking training sessions or have a private One to One lesson. Then join in with my weekly Coast and Countryside walks or Nordic Fitness Walking at beautiful Haldon Forest Park. 

Nordic Walking Devon is run by Fiona Swan, with over 10 years of experience of teaching Nordic walking and motivating individuals to keep fit and well. In addition to holding the CYQ Level 2 qualification in Nordic and Fitness Walking, (and training with both Nordic Walking UK and British Nordic Walking), Fiona is also a Level 4 specialist instructor in 'Exercise for Lower Back Pain', a qualified Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer with additional qualifications in GP Exercise Referral & Pre and Post Natal exercise. 

Fiona is fully insured and is a Senior Health Practitioner Member of CIMSPA the Charted Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. See certificate here  


I hope you will join us soon, to perhaps discover Nordic walking for the first time and make a fresh start in 2021.

To get started why not book a beginners class at Haldon Forest Park or other Devon location.

Kind regards


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  • Weekly Nordic Fitness Walking
  • Walk the Nordic 2, 4 and 5K routes
  • Socialble group 
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  • Powderham Castle Pilates 
  • Classes
  • One to one

What is Nordic Walking?


Originating from Finland in the 1930's Nordic walking is a fitness activity which engages the upper body as well as the legs when walking. By using poles to propel yourself along you can walk much faster and feel lighter. 


If done correctly it's a full body workout, burning 20 -40% more calories than ordinary walking making it a great activity for overall fitness and weight loss!

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Nordic walking is recommended by many health professionals, including GP's and physiotherapists as it's suitable for most levels of fitness and is very effective.

It's easy to learn and can be done by anyone, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.