FAQ

This page provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we have been asked.  If you have a question that is not here, please get in touch with us using the details on our Contact page.

General

Can I join one of your regular Nordic walking groups straight away?

Yes.  Please contact us and we will arrange to meet you 30 minutes before the walk and run through the basic technique and you will receive further training during the walk.  Or alternatively join us for one of our training sessions.

Who can Nordic walk?

Anyone who can walk and swing their arms freely can Nordic walk!  Age is no restraint although we do not have poles suitable for children.  Our oldest customer is 86!

What kind of walks do you do?

Our walks are a mix of lengths and also a mix of flat and hilly walks to suit different fitness needs and interests.

Do I need to bring my own poles?

No.  We provide Nordic walking poles but if you have your own Nordic poles, by all means bring them.

What shoes should I wear?

The very best footwear for Nordic walking with us is waterproof, breathable walking shoes.  If you don’t have these, trainers are good (but you’ll get wet feet if the grass is wet).  Walking boots are good because they support your ankles but the sole is often quite rigid, making it difficult to roll your foot actively, which is part of the Nordic walking technique.
(Top tip – if you only have trainers why not buy some waterproof socks to keep your feet dry in wet conditions?)

What clothing should I wear?

No special clothing is required.  Check out the weather conditions and be sensible.  Layered clothing is best, with breathable fabrics and a waterproof jacket.  Nothing bulky though as this will restrict you when you walk.  A hat and gloves are important in cold weather.  Jogging bottoms or stretchy trousers are better than jeans.

What else should I bring?

Water (to keep hydrated) and something to carry your warm clothes, waterproofs, phone, keys and water in.  A bumbag (in good weather) or small backpack is ideal.

Do you still walk if it’s raining?

Generally yes but we always evaluate the weather on the morning of a walk and contact you if the walk is cancelled.  If in doubt call us.  We never walk in thunderstorms.

How fit do you have to be?

Nordic walking is used extensively across Europe as fitness training, but also can be used as a rehabilitative tool post illness or surgery.

Our walks are designed to improve general fitness and you can make your walk as hard or as easy as you want!

We always have guides at the front and back of our walks and often another in the middle.

How big are your groups?

The numbers can vary depending on the walk but are usually between 10 and 25.  Generally, we have extra staff to help ensure that we all stay together and we walk at a pace to suit the whole group.  You need to book onto a walk via our bookings page and, as some of our walks are very popular, we recommend that you book early.

Can I use trekking poles for Nordic walking?

No.  They have a different grip and strap from Nordic walking poles and this makes it difficult to master the correct Nordic walking technique.  If you are unsure if your poles are Nordic walking poles, please contact us for advice.

I’d like to buy my own poles – can you recommend what I should buy and where I can buy them?

Yes we can recommend what type of poles would be best for you so just speak to your instructor or contact us for advice.  There are lots of factors to take into consideration – where you’ll be walking, whether you want to travel with your poles, how much you are planning to use them etc.

Booking

I want to cancel my walk. How do I do this?

Contact us by email, text or phone call.  If you cancel less than 2 days before the day of the walk the full amount will be charged.  Prior to 2 days before the walk half of the walk charge will be charged.

How do I book and pay for a walk

Hopefully, booking and paying for a walk should be simple.   However, if you are having difficulty please take a look at the instructions at the link below.  If you still have questions, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Detailed instructions for booking and paying


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