Long Ashton Nordic Walking

Long Ashton Nordic Walking

Activities & Pricing      FAQ      Contact

Activities & Pricing      FAQ      Contact

Activities & Pricing      FAQ      Contact

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Do you enjoy being outside?

Exercise outdoors is more fun than being in a gym.  Enjoy the fresh air, notice what is going on around you and reap the wellbeing benefits.
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Want to exercise in a sociable group?

Enjoy meeting new people, encourage each other as you learn something new and go to a cafe afterwards.
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Up for a new challenge?

Set some goals and feel fitter mentally and physically.  Explore new footpaths in the local area and further afield.

Meet Karen

Nordic walking combines my two passions of exercise and being outside.  Having lived in Cornwall and on Dartmoor I enjoy the wellbeing benefits of exercising outdoors.  This combines with my professional background as a retired NHS physiotherapist, working in rehabilitation.  I discovered Nordic walking a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much that I undertook the International Nordic Walking  Federation training.  I’m now keen to share this great form of exercise in my local area around Long Ashton.

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Meet Karen

Photo of Karen

Nordic walking combines my two passions of exercise and being outside.  Having lived in Cornwall and on Dartmoor I enjoy the wellbeing benefits of exercising outdoors.  This combines with my professional background as a retired NHS physiotherapist, working in rehabilitation.  I discovered Nordic walking a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much that I undertook the International Nordic Walking  Federation training.  I’m now keen to share this great form of exercise in my local area around Long Ashton.

Beginners Workshop

If you have not previously seen an INWA instructor you will need to attend this to learn the basics.

Duration: 1h15m

£10.00

Weekly Classes

Every Thursday morning.

Duration: 1h20m
(approx. depending on route)

£7.50
(6 classes for price of 5)

1:1 Classes

If you need extra support or have specific requirements

£30.00

Longer Seasonal Walks

Explore further afield with a two hour walk

£15.00
(optional cafe/pub lunch afterwards)

Gift vouchers available. Ask for further details.

Nordic walking is a full body exercise which originates from cross country skiing.  By using the specifically designed poles, the upper body as well as the core and legs receive a good workout.  This improves strength as well as balance and co ordination.  The whole body moves in a holistic and balanced way as you learn to Nordic Walk using the 10 step method.  This can result in improvements in posture as well as cardiovascular fitness and endurance.  

These differ from trekking or hiking poles in that they are a lighter weight, have a specialised glove for the hands and an ergonomically shaped handle. Importantly, they have an angled rubber ‘paw’ which can be removable and a carbide tip for grip on grass. You will be assessed for the correct height of pole to use during the class and have the opportunity to try out different brands.

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Most walks will be on footpaths around Long Ashton.  We will also explore paths around Barrow Gurney, Flax Bourton and Failand.  The main meeting place will be the Community Centre in Long Ashton, alternative starting points will be emailed to you after booking.

We will walk in all weather conditions , so be prepared for anything!  Layers are best as you can then add them or remove, depending on conditions.  A small rucksack is useful to carry spare clothing, waterproof and water if necessary.  A hat and gloves if it is cold and a sunhat and sunglasses when the sun is shining.  Walking shoes with a good tread are the best option and preferable to walking boots unless it is really wet and muddy.

The rhythm of walking can aid mindfulness and being out in nature can engage your senses of sight, hearing, smell and touch. Increasing research has found that connecting with other people, learning something new, keeping active and noticing what is going on around you, can all improve wellbeing. So, join our group, learn new techniques, up your activity level and notice the seasonal changes in nature around us as we walk. As Kate Humble says discover ‘ the small joy of putting one foot in front of the other’.

A health screening form will be emailed to you after you have made contact and will need to be completed before the class. The walks will be on uneven ground and many will involve hills due to where we live, so the walks will be challenging in places. The form can also be found and completed here.

Please give 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend a booked class so that your place can be reallocated.

Nordic Walking is a full body exercise which originates from cross country skiing. By using the specially designed poles, the upper body as well as the core and legs receive a good workout.  The whole body moves in a holistic and balanced way as you learn to Nordic Walk using the 10 step method. It is an accessible exercise and can really improve fitness and be used in rehabilitation and recovery from illness and injury.

We will walk in all weathers ( except if lightening is forecast) so be prepared for anything!  Layers are best as you can then add or take off. A small rucksack is useful to carry spare clothing, waterproof and water if necessary.  Poles can be borrowed until you have your own.  Walking shoes are prefered to boots unless it is really wet and muddy, in which case gaiters may be useful too. 

A health screening form will be emailed to you once you have booked and will need to be completed before the class.

Please give 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend a booked class so that your place can be reallocated.

I have found my new favourite hobby and can already feel the benefits!
Alex Peterson
Long Ashton
Karen is a great coach. I cannot wait for the next one!
Laura Jones
Long Ashton

Join Us On Our Next Walk

Get in touch for more information or to book onto our next walk

    07855 402768

    lanordicwalking@gmail.com

    Walks typically start and finish at Long Ashton Community Centre. Alternative starting points will be shared when booking. 

    All sessions will follow the latest government COVID-19 guidelines