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More about Fiona  

 Fiona Swan 

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Further to working in desk-related jobs in the energy and climate change industry, I developed a minor lower back issue. With all the sitting down involved, I really wanted to do something a little more active and people-focused, and with better work-life balance. 

At that time I found that the gentle movement of Nordic walking was great for my back and I decided to train as a Nordic Walking instructor.
And now 10 years later I'm still providing training and leading Coast and Countryside walks in the South Devon area. Plus I'm now really excited to be hosting Nordic walking holidays and wellness breaks with Rachel Dixon. 

I hope you will be able to join us soon to learn the Nordic walking technique, enjoy devon and meet a whole host of wonderful people. I'm enjoying it just as much as the day I started.

 I am also a Pilates instructor and personal trainer and run sessions at gorgeous Powderham Castle and also online. See for details. 




CYQ Level 2 Nordic & Fitness Walking

(Qualified with both British Nordic Walking and Nordic Walking UK) 

CYQ Level 2 Gym Instructor

Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral  

CYQ Level 3 Personal Trainer
Level 3 Mat based Pilates Instructor

VTCT Level 3 Award in Designing Physical Activity Programmes for Antenatal and Postnatal Clients

Level 4 specialist qualification in

'Exercise for Lower Back Pain'

Pilates for Common Orthopaedic Conditions
Leadership in Running Fitness

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (MHASPA) (mind)


ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid

Fellow Member of The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)Membership No: 382473

Rachel Dixon

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  ‘After 34 years in education, I wanted to combine my teaching skills with my love for the outdoors so trained as a Forest School Leader, with all the essential bushcraft skills of fire lighting, shelter building, camp cooking and wood whittling. 


Since then, my journey has taken me to Devon allowing me to find new activities to enjoy and develop a passion for, including Seine boat rowing, cold water swimming and Nordic walking. Always in the pursuit of new skills, I have taken the opportunity to train as a Nordic walking leader and also an Indian Head Massage therapist, so you could say I can help you with your well-being from head to toe! 


Alongside my physical activities, I enjoy being creative and usually have at least one project on the go. One of my favourite hobbies is willow weaving, making anything from small decorations to a life size deer.  


Through these activities I have met many like-minded, lovely people and I look forward to meeting more for a walk, a swim or a weekend full of new experiences.’ 




·       Bachelor of Education  

·       Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification 

·       British Nordic Walking Leader certificate  

·       Guild Training International qualification in Indian Head Massage 

·       ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid  

·       Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety for catering  



"I hugely enjoyed the Nordic walking tuition with Fiona, she breaks down the technique into simple steps and made it fun along the way. I'm a great advocate for Nordic walking, it gives you a very different exercise experience by stimulating so many senses meaning that you hardly think of it as exercise at all!"  Hayley Peters, Director of Patient Care. NHS

"Fiona's expertise has added great value to the Universities Health and Wellness activities."  Paul Mouland - Sport and Wellness Development Officer, University of Exeter

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