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Nordic walking exeter


Nordic walking is a great way to improve your health and fitness, and Devon's coast, countryside, and 365sq. miles of Dartmoor, make an inspirational backdrop for this enjoyable activity.


Nordic Walking Devon is run by Fiona Swan, a fully qualified British Nordic Walking Instructor, Hill and Moorland Leader, and guide. 

If you're looking to Learn to Nordic Walk, attend our group walks, or would like a guide to lead a walk for your family or group on Dartmoor, please do read on.     

Why Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking's an effective way to improve cardiovascular fitness, maintain muscle mass, and support strong bones. It's easy to learn (just requires tuition and practice!) and is suitable for all fitness levels.


Getting Started

To make a start, you need to learn the technique by attending some training using the British Nordic Walking - INWA 10 Steps Training Method. This can be done via a group course, or a private 1 to 1 session at Haldon Forest Park. Other locations are possible by mutual agreement. Leki Nordic walking poles are provided for all training sessions. Book some training


Haldon Forest Park 

Fiona teaches Nordic walking at Beautiful Haldon Forest Park using the specific 2.5, 4, and 5K Nordic walking trails. Managed by Forestry England it's an award-winning forest with facilities for various outdoor activities, extensive parking, cafe, and toilet facilities.   

Benefits of Nordic Walking:

  • Tones the upper body

  • Effective aerobic exercise

  • Walk faster and hills feel easier! 

  • Reduces pressure on the lower body - ideal if you have lower back, hip, knee, or ankle issues.

  • Outdoors and sociable 


Once you've learned the Nordic technique please join our regular Coast and Countryside walks (Tuesday mornings) and Nordic fitness walks (Mondays) at Haldon Forest Park. Dartmoor walks run on Fridays once a month. See more

Hope to meet you soon  


About Fiona Swan

Fiona has 10 years of experience teaching Nordic walking and is a qualified personal trainer and Level 4 specialist in exercise for Lower Back Pain. Fiona is fully insured, a member of CIMSPA the Charted Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, British Nordic Walking, and a qualified member of the Mountain Training Association. 

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Nordic Walking Exeter



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  • Weekly Nordic Fitness Walking
  • Walk the Nordic 2, 4 and 5K routes
  • Socialble group 
Pilates Class



  • Powderham Castle Pilates 
  • Classes
  • One to one


Nordic walking dartmoor

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


The correct placement of the pole, combined with the rhythmic nature of Nordic walking, also helps to improve the range of movement around joints, posture, and balance.


Done correctly Nordic walking feels is a full body workout, burning 20 - 40% more calories than ordinary walking, making it a great activity for overall fitness. 

Public Health England and Active Devon recommends Nordic walking as a way to meet the guidelines for health. 



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