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Nordic Walking

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is an enhancement on regular walking but using poles.

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An Overview of Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.


Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full body workout, which means that you: burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles, release tension in the neck and shoulders, improve your posture and gait, strengthen your back and abdominal muscles and reduce the impact on the joints. Because Nordic Walking doesn't feel like hard work you?ll be happy to walk further and for longer.


It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.


Getting the correct poles is the most important thing to concentrate on when starting to Nordic Walk - it is also important not to confuse these with ordinary trekking or walking poles. Nordic Walking poles have 3 main components: the Pole Shaft, the Grip / Hand strap and the Basket / Paw.


Nordic Walking was originally a training regime for cross country skiers

Find Nordic Walking Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

National Governing Bodies

British Nordic Walking CIC

Contact Name
Rebecca Williams
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
0115 848 3801

Nordic Walking UK

Contact Name
General Enquiries
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
0845 260 9339

Bagworth Heath Woods

A 75ha reclaimed colliery site owned by Leicestershire County Council between Bagworth and Thornton. Part of the work has been funded through the Tender Scheme.

British Nordic Walking CIC

British Nordic Walking sets up Nordic Walking groups in the community for the general public and for specific long term condition/disability groups. The organisation trains volunteers and paid coaches to become Nordic Walking instructors and Nordic Walk

Active Rutland

Rutland Local Sport Alliance (LSA) commonly known as Active Rutland acts as a key group in enabling key partners in sport, active recreation, health and physical activity in Rutland


  • Safeguarding
    Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood LSA
    Melton LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Harborough LSA
    H&B LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
  • O&W LSA
    Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Active Leicester


  • H&B LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Equality Standard
  • Leicestershire County Council
    O&W LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
  • Melton LSA
    Sport England
  • Charnwood LSA