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Why not give Nordic walking a try with one of my free taster classes at Haldon Forest Park. It will give you a  feel for walking with poles, how the technique can help to improve posture, walk faster and make hills feel easier. 


The 45min session is suitable for all fitness levels and Nordic walking poles are provided. 


Mon 13th Sept  - 2.30 - 3.15pm - Haldon Forest Park 

Mon 20th Sept - 2.30 - 3.15pm - Haldon Forest Park

Places are limited - To reserve your place please email   

If you enjoy the taster class and would like to continue and learn the full Nordic walking technique, which is broken down into steps, you can do this by either attending a group or one-to-one session. 



Learn the full technique by attending my Learn to Nordic Walk training courses. Run over two sessions the technique is broken down into steps, and with practice, and by undertaking various drills, you will learn to Nordic walk competently and effectively. Leki Nordic walking poles provided



Mon 20th Sept & 27th Sept  2.30 - 4.00pm - Haldon Forest Park  


Thurs 30th Sept & 7th  Oct   2.00 - 3.30pm - Haldon Forest Park 

Cost £49 

Places are limited - To reserve your place please email   


If you prefer a more personal approach a one-to-one session may be just for you, especially if you would like to combine the training with bespoke fitness advice to meet your individual needs. 

Private 1 to 1 session - £40.        

Private 1 to 2 session - £45


To book or discuss any aspect of your requirements please email   





To attend a Nordic walking session all you need is:


Nordic walking poles - available to use in my classes

Comfortable clothing - anything that is suitable for walking 

Flexible soled shoes - Trainers or walking shoes are ideal 

Waterproofs - in case it rains

If you wish to carry a bag,  a slim rucksac is ideal. This enables your arms to swing freely to support the technique.  

Water - to keep hydrated


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 two poles themselves are identical. What's really important for Nordic walking is the pole height. The poles need to be correctly sized for your height, so that once you are underway with Nordic walking technique the pole is 'planted' in the correct position, at around 45 degrees to the ground. This allows for the propulsion effect of Nordic walking, you are pushing yourself forward and walking faster as a result. 

If you are walking on a road or cycle trail, you can add an angled removable rubber end called ‘paws’, to the tip to allow for traction, just like with a car tyre. 

Advice on Nordic walking poles, brands and the various types along with correct sizing is given as part of Fiona's classes.

Please note that standard trekking poles cannot be used for Nordic walking as they don't have the hand glove. One very clear analogy that I have recently come across is that it's like using a tennis racket for badminton and vice versa. You just wouldn't do it.



Nordic walking sessions using the designated 2.5k, 4k and 5K Nordic trails are held at Haldon Forest Park on Mondays 12.15 pm and Thursdays at 11am.


Coast and Countryside Nordic walks are held every Tuesday at various south Devon locations at 10am 

For more details see here


Hope you can join a group class soon!