A better Medway

Our Nordic walking training groups are now taking bookings.

For more information phone 01634 333 720 or email walking@medway.gov.uk.

About Nordic walking

Nordic walking is a great form of physical activity using a pair of specially designed Nordic walking poles.

It is a safe way to improve your natural walking technique alongside fitness levels by allowing the body to work in a balanced way.

Using Nordic walking poles means your walking becomes more efficient and increases the muscles working in the upper body. This means 90% of the body’s skeletal muscles are used, turning your normal walk into an all over body workout.

We offer up to 6-weeks of training that you are required to attend before joining a Nordic walking group. The course will teach you the technique required to join our regularly Nordic walking programme.

Poles will be provided for these sessions. We also offer a fast track training session for walkers who have their own Nordic walking poles.

A pair of Nordic walking poles.

Nordic walking poles.

Nordic walking at Capstone

We invited journalist and broadcaster Rob Smith to try Nordic walking. Watch how he got on.

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Children's Nordic walking training sessions

Children s nordic walking training

Starting in 2022, A Better Medway will be expanding our Nordic walking scheme to include children-friendly training sessions.

These sessions will teach children (5 years and older) the International Nordic Walking Association's (INWA's) 10 steps of British Nordic Walking technique with instructor-led fun and games.

The children will learn while enjoying the great outdoors and all the benefits of engaging with the surrounding environment.

The sessions are under instruction. We will walk to an appropriate distance and pace for the group.

We also have a strict one adult to a maximum of 2 children under 18.

For more information, email walking@medway.gov.uk.

Benefits of Nordic walking

Benefits of Nordic walking include:

  • enjoying the fresh air
  • the adventure of exploring Medway
  • enhancing your mood
  • mental health benefits
  • reducing mild anxiety and depression
  • improving and maintaining your fitness levels
  • reducing your blood pressure
  • improving your posture
  • being surrounded by nature
  • improving your back health
  • poles offering propulsion
  • stability during your walk
  • improved hand and eye co-ordination
  • improved and more efficient walking techniques
  • neck and shoulder pain relief and improved neck mobility
  • the same intensity of running without the high impact.

Self-guided walk

If you would like to try a self-guided walk, we have 11 routes to choose from.

Join a walk

For more information contact 01634 333 720 or email walking@medway.gov.uk