Have an Active New Year – Nordic Walking in Devon

The most popular New Year resolution is the vow to get fit. If you’re the adventurous type, you may like to try out Nordic walking. This alternative way to shed the last of the Christmas pounds is a great way to explore the natural beauty which Devon and Dartmoor has to offer whilst staying at one of our holiday cottages.

This sport is fast growing in popularity in Britain, amongst both men and women, and we are lucky enough to have a qualified instructor, Fiona Swan, teaching in this part of Devon.

One of Fiona’s best locations for Nordic walking is the National Trust parkland at Killerton (north of Exeter), where she holds ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ courses. These sessions comprise of four hours of training arranged in bite-size chunks and teach you the correct technique for using Nordic poles, ensuring you get full benefit from the walk.

Once the training is successfully completed fledgling Nordic walkers are issued with a Nordic Walking UK Freedom card, which is a passport to attend walks and events with participating Instructors across the UK and a chance to head out onto South Devon’s lovely landscape.

‘Exercise anywhere’ is a key phrase of Nordic walking and as well as joining organised walks you and your poles can take off, quite literally, anywhere: on the beach, along lanes, on local footpaths.

Fiona also leads walks at Haldon Forest, Stover Country Park and many other appealing places; it’s a great way to discover the county and there’s nearly always a coffee stop at the end of the walk for those of us who need to repellence the toxins!

If you would like more details about Fiona’s ‘taster’ sessions then visit her website nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk or for more experienced walkers you can visit nordicwalking.co.uk to find out where sessions are being held when you are staying with us.

Walks are divided by ability or desired outcome, including:

Workout Walks - For those who have completed the Learn to Nordic Walk course - these action packed one hour walks are designed to help you to improve your fitness levels.

Adventure Walks - Simply enjoy sociable Nordic walking in stunning locations with a mixed ability group. Lead by accredited instructors or leaders, these walks make the most of our beautiful country and are a relaxing way to enjoy being active outdoors.

Ultimate Nordic Class - A Bootcamp on the go! Be prepared to push, pull, leap, run and skip! A circuit based class based on expedition training. Work your whole body in a fun group session which will test you to the limits!