Nordic walking FAQs


Q1. What’s the difference between Nordic poles and trekking poles?

A: Nordic Poles are much lighter, thinner and have a strap gloved system that you wear and attach to the pole.  This assists in propelling you forwards.

Q2. Do I need to be really fit to Nordic Walk.

A: Not at all, the walks cater for all abilities

Q3. What’s the best footwear?

A: Ideally an outdoor lightweight shoe or boot with grip that has flexibility in order that you can push forwards.  These are not essential so your walking boots for the winter or trainers in summer are fine.

Q4. What’s the best clothing to walk in?

A: Loose comfortable clothing for exercise. Jeans are not really practical especially when they get wet!

Q5. Do  I need to bring anything on the walks?

A: a small rucksack with a waterproof, water, sun cream, sunglasses, a snack (eg cereal bar, flapjack, banana etc). In colder months a small flask is ideal.

Q6. I’ve had an injury or illness recently, is it ok to partake?

A:  a pre exercise medical form must be completed before undertaking any Nordic Walking.  An assessment will then be made as to your fitness to continue. For most things this isn’t a problem so long as we know about it.

Q7. Can I come along to any of the walks?

A: yes you are welcome to any walks as long as you have attended the Learn to Nordic Walk training day

Q8. Do you run any competitions?

A: Challenge Events are run by British Nordic Walking throughout the summer months and vary in distance.  They are great fun and a way to meet fellow walkers.

Q9. Are the sessions run all year?

A: yes unless it’s thunder and lightning or strong winds.  Snow causes problems for people getting too and from meeting points but it’s not discounted as the poles can have snow baskets put on.

Q10. Can I bring  my dog on the walks?

A: I’m afraid not. Whilst your dog may be well behaved not all are, plus some walkers may be nervous of dogs