A Nordic Walking milestone: First to join the 50 parkrun Club November 21 2014


The 15th of November marked a first in the UK when a Nordic Walker poled her way around a Nottinghamshire course to become the first ever Nordic Walker to reach the parkrun 50 Club! Well done to Angie who completed the 5k event with a huge smile on her face and was met at the finish line with cheers and greeted by none other than the founder of parkrun, Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE.  


For more information about parkrun and to find one in your area check out: If you start now you could be earning your own 50 club achievement about the time Angie is joining the distinguished 100 club! To find a qualified British Nordic Walk instructor or group in your area, check out our locator

Winter workout tips November 11 2014


Old man winter is knocking on the door but that doesn't mean you should allow him to slow down your Nordic Walking! Continue to reap the physical and mental benefits of keeping fit while exercising outdoors by following the advice from Olympian Jo Pavey for winter workouts.  While her tips are aimed towards runners, they are just as important for all outdoor activities including Nordic Walking.  

Some of the highlights of the article include:

  • Stay hydrated. Many of us forget to drink enough water because it's cooler outside and the perception is that we sweat less. Keeping hydrated helps keep our energy levels up.
  • Choose the right equipment and layer up.  Shoes with the proper grip are important during these muddier months. Technical synthetic fabrics are usually better than cotton because they are thinner which allows for more comfortable layering and they also wick the sweat away from your body instead of trapping it next to the skin (no chafing!). 
  • Warm up properly. It may be tempting to rush through the warm up because it's cold out but it's still a vital part of the routine because it reduces the chance of injury.
  • Cool down.  Again the temptation might be to reduce the amount of time or even skip the cooling down altogether but it's important not to. End your Nordic Walk with an easier pace to bring down the heart rate slowly and stretch those muscles in order to reduce any post workout aches. 
What are your favourite cold weather Nordic Walking tips?  More information and pictures can also be found on the British Nordic Walking Facebook and Twitter pages.  



British Nordic Walking Challenge Series Swindon | The best yet! November 03 2014

They came from far and wide. Every age, men and women, individuals, clubs, from all over the UK and even Italy. What brought them together? Nordic Walking.

The office has been flooded with feedback today, "what a wonderful day, how friendly, how exciting", "like no other Nordic walking experience", "totally different to my usual Nordic walks".

Over 120 people took part in the Nordic Walking Challenge, either in the 5KM Nordic Walk, the 10Km Nordic walk or the 20 Km Nordic Walk. The back drop of Lydiard House and the park were stunning and added to the atmosphere. The course was really varied with grassy paths, woodland trails, lakeside stretches, a bit of mud and the odd shower of rain. The sun shone through for the prize giving. here are the results:


5 Km Nordic Walking Challenge distance:

Men: James Smith | 0:46:37.4

Women: Pam Lucas | 0:42:15.2


10 Km Nordic Walking Challenge distance:

Men: Alvyn Bysouth | 1:11:08.1

Women: Helen Evans | 1:15:10.8


20 Km Nordic Walking Challenge distance:

Men: Gareth Davies | 2:31:21.5

Women: Vicky Welsh | 2:32:52.4


Team Nordic Walking Challenge:

5 Km: Bristol Nordic Walking

10 Km: Oxfordshire Fitness

10 Km: Gemini Outdoor


British Nordic Walking this weekend at Lydiard Park October 31 2014

It's here! Lydiard Park at Swindon will soon be filled with Nordic Walkers!  First, the British Nordic Walking Instructors will gather on Saturday for the annual conference to learn all the latest news, techniques, and developments that they will then bring back to share with their Nordic walking groups.  Having had the opportunity to try out one of the new training exercises myself, I can promise it will be exciting!  

Then on Sunday, it's the 2nd event of the 2014 British Nordic Walking Challenge Series!  Which event distance are you challenging yourself with this time--the 5k, 10k, or 20k?  We are looking forward to seeing and cheering for everyone out on the course.  In case you forgot how much fun the Challenge event was at Bristol, check out the video put together of highlights from the inaugural event.  

See you at the finish line! 


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.  



New to Nordic Walking? Click here to find a qualified British Nordic Walking Instructor in your area.  


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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For more information on Lydiard Park click here

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!"

For more information click here or to ENTER HERE.