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This 6 week Nordic walking course will begin with a session on the benefits of physical activity on your mental health. The following 4 weeks will then consist of an hours instruction in Nordic walking, followed by a facilitated peer support group. The final week will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect back on their progress and look at next steps and what support people might need to achieve them.

Attending this group is a good way to learn a new activity, share experiences, build social networks and meet people in a non-judgemental setting.

Please note these sessions are for Hertfordshire residents. The group is provided in partnership with Nordic Walking Watford.


This is a 6-week group which will run on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Wednesday 1st June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Session 2: Wednesday 8th June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Session 3: Wednesday 15th June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Session 4: Wednesday 22nd June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Session 5: Wednesday 29th June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Session 6: Wednesday 6th July, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Sessions 1 and 6 will take place at our Watford Wellbeing Centre

Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5 will take place at Leavesden Country Park, 1 College Road, Abbots Langley, WD5 0NX. 

The car park we meet at is the first car park on the left as you drive into the park. This venue has open land, woods, parkland, and some walk routes will give a panoramic view down to Kings Langley and the old Ovaltine factory! Routes from this venue may include paved pathways, woodland footpaths, tracks and open fields and gentle inclines.

Learn to Nordic Walk Course

Attending this group will help you to learn the full Nordic Walking technique over 4 consecutive weeks and gain your FREEDOM PASSPORT.

This will enable you to join Watford Nordic Walking regular group walks, but also those of any other NWUK instructor in the country. Your Passport also entitles you to FREE membership with Nordic Walking UK for the first year.  

This award winning course will ensure you master the technique and become a Nordic walker for life – it covers the following in 4 x 1-hour sessions, in a relaxed group suitable for all levels:                  

Session 1: The fundamentals of Nordic Walking technique. Gaining forward propulsion from the poles by engaging the correct upper body muscles, understanding correct gait and co-ordination.  

Session 2: Mastering handgrip and use of the pole straps in order to develop technique. Adapting the body position and pole angles for walking up and down hills.  

Session 3: Adding more speed through improved technique, understanding how your body reacts to exercise and learning how to stay within your comfort zone.  

Session 4: Improving posture and understanding of how to use technique, distance, speed and terrain to constantly ensure you get the most out of your Nordic Walking!    

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