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Free Nordic walking wellness courses in various parks across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

These short learn to Nordic walk courses combine Nordic walking with nature-based activities in local green spaces to support mental and physical well-being. They are suitable for most fitness levels and are sociable, friendly and fun.

Nordic walking is like ordinary walking, but you use two poles to help you walk more confidently. It helps increase your fitness, energy and strength in an enjoyable way. The programme is organised by Let’s Walk Bristol and the classes are run by qualified instructors. Specialist Nordic walking poles will be provided and you will receive a Nordic walking achievement certificate on completion.

Advance booking is essential. Please contact Subitha to book or if you have any questions: Email: Tel: 07721 711687

* No classes over Easter 2023.

Location Course Title Day/Time Course Dates 2023* Priority given to:

St George Park (Beehive Centre)



Elders Nordic walking wellbeing

Tuesdays 10-11am Nordic walking plus social after at the Beehive Centre

Course 1: 28 March – 23 May

Course 2: 6 June – 25 July

Course 3: 12 Sept – 31 Oct

People aged 70+

Eastville Park



Nordic walking healthier with nature

Wednesdays and Fridays 10-11am

Week commencing:

Course 1: 27 March – 22 May

Course 2: 5 June – 24 July

Course 3: 4 Sept – 23 Oct

People visibly minority ethnic living in central/east Bristol

Netham Park



Nordic walking diabetes wellbeing

Thursdays 9:30-10:30am

Nordic walking plus social after at Wellspring Settlement

Course 1: 20 April – 25 May

Course 2: 8 June – 13 July

People visibly minority ethnic with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, living in central/east Bristol

Page Park



Nordic walking healthier with nature

Mondays 10-11am

Course 1: 27 March – 22 May

Course 2: 5 June – 24 July

Course 3: 4 Sept – 23 Oct

People visibly minority ethnic/on low incomes living in South Glos

Henrietta, a 64 year old with a previous history of breast cancer described herself as a non-exerciser who occasionally ‘dragged herself out for an hour’s walk’. She attended a Nordic Walking taster session previously, and noted the positive impact it had on her health and wellbeing.

Thanks to a Nordic walking taster, funded by Age UK Bristol, and support from the Nordic Walking Wellness team, Henrietta has gone from a non-exerciser to Nordic walking three times a week. She has qualified as a Nordic walking instructor, is helping with the Nordic Walking Wellness project, and wants to establish a new Nordic walking group for the local Chinese community.  At the age of 64 she has learned a new skill and has gone from being someone who never did well in school PE lessons to becoming an exercise instructor. In her own words ‘I really consider it my biggest achievement (amongst the many many during my lifetime) in my life’.

These courses are funded by grants from Sport England, local councils, and local health authorities.