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Whether you're walking the coastal paths, cycle trails, Dartmoor or your local playing field, Devon is well suited to Nordic walking. Haldon Forest Park (see below) now has an established Nordic 5K route.  


of Nordic Walking

  1. "Moderate intensity" cardiovascular exercise 

  2. Burns 20-40% more calories 

  3. Low impact - great for joints 

  4. Good for upper body strength

  5. Outdoor exercise

6. Mood enhancing

7. Improves posture

8. Easy to learn

9. Sociable 

10. Low cost

Learn to Nordic Walk

Why not try a  TASTER CLASS to see if it's for you? If you like it you could then go on to learn the full technique by completing the nationally recognised Nordic Walking UK 'Learn to Nordic Walk' course leading to the Freedom Passport.  


To see dates and details please click on the button below.

45 mins. Leki Walking Poles Provided.

Connecting Actively to Nature

If you're over 55 and haven't exercised for a while funding may be available from Active Devon to help you get started. To find out more please contact me.


Choose to walk either the 'Nordic 2.5k , 4k or 5k' routes at your own pace with groups of like-minded individuals.  


Once you've progressed, you can walk the 5k runners challenge route with many more hills. 


Set your own fitness goals and meet them with help from Nordic Walking UK instructor and personal trainer Fiona Swan.

Improve your health & well-being in a beautiful forest setting with Nordic Fitness Walking.

Thursday's term time 11.00 -12.15pm

Please note this is not an extreme fitness walking class. Individuals are encouraged to walk at a pace and distance that is suitable for them. Walk in pairs and small groups with like minded individuals.  

By attending the weekly class, you will;

  • Set your own fitness goals 

  • Learn how walk more effectively with or without poles

  • Monitor your 'perceived rate exertion' or heart rate to develop your fitness

  • Meet like-minded individuals in a beautiful forest setting  

  • Feel more motivated in a supportive group environment


Next Term Dates

Thursday 16th April - 21st May (6 weeks) £30

Thursday 4th June - 23rd  July (8 weeks) £40 


Please note that you will need some Nordic walking training prior to attending this class. See my Classes page for free taster dates and training. Any problems with dates and times please give me a call. 

Nordic Walking Poles

Nordic walking poles are different from trekking poles as they have specially designed gloves, which are left and right handed to support the Nordic walking technique. The poles also need to be correctly sized for an individual's height, so that it is 'planted' in the correct position, at around 45 degrees, to the ground. They also have a angled removable rubber ‘paw’, to cover the tips of the pole for use on hard surfaces.

Advice on Nordic walking poles and correct sizing is given as part of Fiona's classes. (please note that standard treking poles cannot be used for Nordic walking as they just have a loose loop which is not appropriate.)

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