Nordic Walking the SAD away October 24 2014

British Summer Time (BST) comes to an official end this weekend when we set our clocks back an hour on Sunday.  With the time change approaching that also means cases of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) will also be on the rise. The NHS recommends exercise as a proven way of helping to ease the symptoms--what better way to get that movement than heading outdoors for a Nordic Walk? Even if you aren't able to participate during the daylight hours, the exercise combined with the social aspect of Nordic Walking will improve your mood and outlook for hours afterwards!  Banish the winter blues and improve your fitness with the activity that is non-impact and burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking.  



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INWA Nordic Walking Convention a huge success October 15 2014

Six Nordic Walking instructors from the UK joined the international Nordic Walking community in Barcelona to share best practice on teaching Nordic Walking.  They enjoyed learning new techniques to use in their Nordic Walking classes.  Senior coaches will also be using the new knowledge they gained when training people to be INWA Nordic Walking instructors, so that our instructors are bang up to date.


Enter now for the next event inthe 2014 British Nordic Walking Challenge Series August 17 2014


Join fellow Nordic Walkers from across the UK on 2 November 2014; for the second event of the 2014 British Nordic Walking Challenge Series at Lydiard Park, Swindon.

The event will comprise 5km, 10km & 20km circuits in a race/challenge format; in that you can race the circuits or simply enjoy the challenge of completing your chosen distance. Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland, just 5 minutes drive from J16, M4. It makes for the perfect day out for your non-racing fanily and friends.

Simply choose your challenge:

5Km | Starts 11:00am

10Km | Starts 10:30am

20Km | Starts 9:30am

There are Challenge categories for fastest man and woman in each distance and for the fastest team in each distance. Just enter the event as an individual and add your team/club name. The times of the fastest 4 people in each team will be added together to give the team result.

All the routes are off road and traffic free. The course is fairly flat with no hill climbs. Suitable for all levels of fitness. If you are new to Nordic walking you must have a lesson prior to taking part in the Challenge. Please contact us for details of how to book a Nordic Walking lesson.

Pole hire available and free taster sessions available for those new to Nordic Walking

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Entry fee for advance booking:   

5 Km - member* £10 | non member £12
10 Km - member £13 | non member £15
20 Km - member £16 | non member £18

*Join British Nordic Walking for £12 per year, click here for more information


Nordic Walking Racing Ahead! July 15 2014

Yesterday saw the first ever dedicated Nordic Walking Race in Britain.

Some 80 people competed in this off-road course in Ashton Court Bristol, racing either a 5 Km, 10 Km or 20Km distance. Competitors travelled from all over the UK, from as far afield as Blackpool and from Nottingham, London, Cardiff, and many other places. Men and Women took part of all ages, from age 20 to 76.


The race was run under the International Nordic Walking Federation competition rules (INWA) and was organised by British Nordic Walking. Paul Stevenson, Vice President of INWA, said “British Nordic Walking have been working with INWA over the last couple of years to develop Nordic Walking into a competitive sport in the UK. Many INWA member countries run successful race programmes that in turn help to increase participation in Nordic Walking as a leisure activity and a great way to stay healthy. The British Nordic Walking Challenge Series is the perfect platform for people who want to compete but also for those people who want a personal fitness or health challenge”.


Nordic Walking is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK. Walking with specially designed poles activates all the upper body muscles as you walk, raising the heart rate and burning up to 46% more calories than walking without poles. Most UK cities now have classes and groups that people can join to both learn the technique and participate socially. You can find instructors, groups and classes by visiting


The stunning setting of Ashton Court in Bristol was the perfect backdrop for this first Nordic Walking race. Karen Ingram, of British Nordic Walking said, “We were delighted by the whole day. So many people took part and there was a great buzz. It’s exciting for the future of Nordic Walking across Britain, we hope to organise many more such events and get more and more people involved in Nordic Walking. The smiles on the competitors faces as they crossed the finish line said it all”


The results of the British Nordic Walking Challenge Series 2014 | Ashton Court | 13 July 2014

5Km Women's First Place: Lucy Cull | 44:10 5Km Men's First Place: James Smith | 48:31 10Km Women's First Place: Ewa Andrrzejewska | 1:16:48 10Km Men's First Place: Bart Piotrowicz | 1:11:43 20Km Women's First Place: Jointly held by Samantha Armstrong and Vicky Welsh | 2:41:24 20Km Men's First Place: Dave Robinson | 2:41:50


Nordic Walking Challenge Series launch event a huge succes! July 13 2014

Nearly 80 people entered the inaugural British Nordic Walking Challenge Series event today at Ashton Court in Bristol. The atmosphere was amazing and this photograph reflects the way people relished the day. From start to finish it was a joy!


NEW Challenge Series May 05 2014

British Nordic Walking is launching its first Nordic Walking Challenge Series at Ashton Court, Bristol on the 13 July 2014.

For the first time in the UK Nordic Walkers from across the country will be coming together to complete a Nordic walking race. Choose a 5Km, 10Km or 20Km distance, grab your Nordic walking poles and enjoy!

Ashton Court is a beautiful setting and the whole course is off road. Race coordinator Steve Ellis said, "The race team has been working hard to bring what we hope will be the first of many dedicated Nordic walking events across the county. This fun and proven formula has been run in Europe for many years and we will will be bringing the INWA competition to the UK. Come and join us for the day, we promise you a good day out!"

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