About Us

Norfolk Nordic Walking is an outdoor fitness club which offers taster sessions, Learn to Nordic Walk courses,  1-1 sessions, regular classes, daily virtual Zoom workouts and wonderful walks in the beautiful city of Norwich and surrounding Norfolk countryside. We welcome everybody, what ever your level of fitness, to join us…

Our walks are carefully chosen so that you can get to explore the wide variety of landscapes and scenery literally on our back door step. Just as the views change with the seasons, so will your fitness and sense of wellbeing. With disused railway lines, rolling parklands, heaths, woodlands and broads nearby, there will never be a shortage of new and interesting walks to keep you motivated, whatever your fitness level.

At Norfolk Nordic Walking, we help you on every step of your Nordic Walking journey by providing 45 minute taster sessions so that you can have the chance to feel what it is like to Nordic Walk.  We run beginners ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ courses for all levels of fitness to equip you to Nordic Walk anywhere in the UK. This is a course which will quickly develop your skills in a relaxed atmosphere and will give you the ability and confidence to effectively use Nordic Walking poles.  Once you have completed the course, you can choose how (and where) you would like to participate in Nordic Walking. We aim at leading walks for everyone so we run group walks of various lengths and pace so you can find one that suits you best.

Join us to find out how you can turn a walk into a workout in the best gym possible – the Great Outdoors!

Rebecca Wheatley (Owner / Instructor Norfolk Nordic Walking & NWUK Delivery Partner)

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am a Nordic Walking UK Instructor based in Norwich.  My previous career was in education, but my fundamental passion lies in health, fitness and wellbeing. To be able to encourage people to find an exercise that they enjoy and which makes them feel great, both inside and out, is what it’s all about.

I have always loved being outside, whether that be cycling, marathon running or simply walking the dog. However Nordic Walking has been like a revelation – as it is so much more than just exercise.  It has helped me to understand how I can improve my circulation, back health, posture, core strength and stress levels- and it is this that I want to pass onto others. If you want to get fit, tone up, trim down and have fun at the same time – Nordic walking ticks all the boxes – it’s amazing.

No matter what your age or fitness level, it’s the perfect all-round approach to feeling good about yourself. It’s also a brilliant way to explore our gorgeous Norfolk countryside, meet new people and embark on new walking adventures. I absolutely love it!

John Davis (Accredited NWUK Walk Leader)

John took up Nordic walking in February 2018 and in November 2018 trained to become an Accredited Walk Leader with Nordic Walking UK.  He is also an experienced Norwich Tour Guide, so you may see him around the city as well as leading Nordic walks! His role is to compliment the Norfolk Nordic Walking Team and help keep everyone safe, together, moving, smiling and enjoying the Great Outdoors! In his own words:

I have been Nordic Walking for nearly two years now and I can honestly say it has been the best sport I have ever been involved in. I was never particularly athletic as a child and never succeeded in any of them despite trying hard. Nordic Walking has got me active again and I thoroughly enjoy being out in all weathers.

Since I retired and took up Nordic walking, I have become much fitter and healthier and my weight has dropped considerably. I have now completed three half marathons (13.1 miles) and a number of sponsored walks. By the summer of 2020 I should have completed another half marathon and an 18-mile challenge.

In 2018 Rebecca asked me to become a walk leader, and after training, I do 3 or 4 walks a month, leading group members of all abilities on walks around our amazing countryside.

The group is amazing. The friendliness and camaraderie make the sessions pass by very quickly especially if there is coffee (and perhaps a slice of cake!) afterwards!

Thank you Rebecca for expanding my horizons beyond what I thought possible!”

(October 2019)

Becky Sewell (Accredited NWUK Walk Leader)

Becky took up Nordic walking in May 2018 and in July 2019 travelled to London for training to become an Accredited Walk Leader with Nordic Walking UK.  It’s great to have her joining John and I on the team. In her own words:

“I signed up for Nordic Walking not really knowing what i would achieve, I hoped I would get fitter, I guessed I may have to put up with being bored (I’ve done the gym thing so exercise and boredom come hand in hand)  Then I learnt the techniques of walking the Nordic way, and believe me it is a special way of getting the most out of walk in the park….or a walk along the coastal path…or anywhere!

Since that day I have been hooked!  I have met some lovely interesting people,  upped my fitness, trained for my first ever Nordic Half Marathon, lost weight and discovered new places in Norfolk I never knew existed. I am so excited about joining the Norfolk Nordic Walking Team and can’t wait to get started…”

Diane Saywack – Accredited NWUK Walk Leader

Diane joined the Norfolk Nordic Walking Team in February 2020.  Prior to completing her NWUK Walk Leader training in Dorset,  Diane was not only a regular walker in the group, but also earned her stripes as unofficial NNW baker extraordinaire!  Our weekly walks at Blickling Hall always end in Muddy Boots Cafe, and those Wednesday gatherings are made complete when Diane showcases her latest tasters! Particularly memorable were her Nordic ginger wo/men cookies (complete with poles aka cocktail sticks and purple icing) made for Halloween!  In her own words:

“I took up Nordic walking because of the way it was described, as a total body workout which meant I could combine walking, which I love, with added exercise.  It felt awkward at first, but it soon became second nature – to the point where normal walking now feels weird.  But, totally unexpectedly, it was the social aspect of Nordic walking which totally won me over.  Before I knew it, I was doing at least four walks a week, enjoying being out of doors (after years of working indoors) and the camaraderie of the group – especially the apres-walk cake ‘n’ coffee.  The next challenge seemed to be getting training as a Walk Leader so I could be a bit more useful in the group, and I did my training in Dorset shortly before lockdown..   I’m very much a rookie WL so I have a lot to learn, but I am looking forward to doing so.  Who knew that retirement would present new experiences and challenges?”

Lynne Davies (Accredited Nordic Walking Leader)

Lynne took up Nordic walking in 2019 and soon became hooked!  She signed up for her first Half Marathon event in March 2020 and aced a great pace.  In between Covid 19 lockdowns in 2020, she rose to her next challenge which was to train (online) to become a Walk Leader and by December she became a fully fledged member of the NWW Team.  It’s great to have her joining our friendly crew.

In her own words: “I took up Nordic walking out of curiosity and never imagined that it would lead me down the paths it has. It is great fun, sociable and an all round winner for a total workout.  I am delighted to join the team, and look forward to many adventures ahead….”



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