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Welcome to Nordic Walking Devon


Nordic Walking Devon is run by Fiona Swan, fully insured Nordic Walking Instructor with over 10 years of experience of teaching Nordic walking and motivating individuals to keep fit and well.

If you're looking for an enjoyable way to improve your health and wellbeing, an activity that combines fitness with being outdoors then Nordic Walking could be just for you.

Nordic walking is great for health as it's 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, including your upper body and core, making it an excellent way to walk more purposefully, improve your cardio vascular fitness and burns 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. The supportive nature of the poles  also means it's very good for backs and is kind to joints. Plus being outdoors, immersed in nature is always a great tonic for mental health.     

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 one of my Nordic technique training sessions or have a private One to One lesson. Then join in with weekly Coast and Countryside walks or my Nordic Fitness Walking at beautiful Haldon Forest Park. 

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  


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

Have a look at my beginners classes at Haldon Forest Park and at other locations to see how to get started.  

Hope to meet you soon.


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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.