Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking. When trained in the right technique to use the poles effectively, it increases use of the upper body and enables you to work harder but it feels easier! The poles reduce the pressure on knees and joints, it is an ideal physical activity if you have neck, shoulder and back problems and good for the heart and lungs.  

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Get into Nordic Walking 

With the support from a Nordic Walking instructor these courses will help you master the basics and improve your Nordic Walking technique. You will learn something new and understand how to develop your technique, giving you the all-round benefits, this activity provides. Booking essential by calling 01425 480811. Courses are £12 per person.  

Timetable of courses for 2022

Blandford, Milldown Car Park, DT11 7SH 

  • Monday 9 May 11:45am to 1:15pm 
  • Monday 13 June 11:45am to 1:15pm 
  • Monday 11 July 11:45am to 1:15pm 
  • Monday 12 September 11:45am to 1:15pm 

Bridport, Skilling Hill Road Car Park, DT6 5LA

  • Monday 25 April 9:30am to 11am  
  • Monday 23 May 11am to 12:30pm 
  • Monday 20 June 11am to 12:30pm 
  • Monday 19 September 11am to 12:30pm 
  • Monday 7 November 11am to 12:30pm 

Ferndown, The Angel Inn, BH22 9AP 

  • Wednesday 27 April 10:30am to 12pm 
  • Wednesday 11 May 10:30am to 12pm  
  • Wednesday 25 May 10:30am to 12pm  
  • Wednesday 6 July 11:30am to 1pm  

Wimborne, Kingston Lacy House, BH21 4EA

  • Tuesday 10 May 11:15am to 12:45pm 
  • Tuesday 28 June 11:15am to 12:45pm 
  • Tuesday 20 September 11:15am to 12:45pm 
  • Tuesday 8 November 11:15am to 12:45pm 

Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre, BH24 2ET 

  • Saturday 30 April 11:15am to 12:45pm 
  • Monday 16 May 10am to 11:30am 
  • Saturday 11 June 11:15am to 12:45pm 
  • Monday 20 June 11:30am to 1pm
  • Friday 8 July 11:30am to 1pm 
  • Saturday 3 September 10am to 11:30am
  • Monday 10 October 10am to 11:30am
  • Saturday 5 November 11:15am to 12:45pm 
  • Friday 11 November 11:30am to 1pm 

Nordic Wellness Walks at Moors Valley Country Park 

A gentle Nordic Walk incorporating mobility exercises to help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using your poles to improve your general fitness. These sessions are suitable for those who are starting at a lower level of fitness, so perfect for beginners. Booking essential by calling 01425 480811. Weekly wellness walks are £5 per person. You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the wellness walks. 

Timetable of Wellness Walks

  • Mondays 10am to 11am
  • Tuesdays 9:45am to 10:45am

Nordic Workout Walks  

These one-hour walks are designed to help you improve your fitness levels and get noticeable results. Combining technique, gradients, terrain and exercises, these sessions will help develop your fitness, endurance and speed. Booking essential by calling 01425 480811.  Weekly workout walks are £5 per person. You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the workout walks. 

Timetable of Workout Walks

Location Day Time
Moors Valley Country Park Mondays 9:45am to 10:45am
Skilling Hill Road Car Park, Bridport Mondays 9:30am to 10:30am
Milldown Car Park, Blandford Mondays 10:30am to 11:30am
Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne Tuesdays 10am to 11am
The Angel Inn, Ferndown Wednesdays 10:30am to 11:30am
Moors Valley Country Park Fridays 9:45am to 10:45am
Moors Valley Country Park Fridays 10am to 11am

Nordic Adventure Walks  

These longer walks take between 2 to 2.5 hours and start in different locations across Dorset. They are more challenging and are between 8-11K in distance and can include more strenuous terrain. Walks start at 10:30am to 12:30pm. Booking essential by calling 01425 480811.  Nordic adventure walks are £6.50 per person. You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the adventure walks. 

Timetable of Adventure Walks

Location Date
Thorncombe Wood Thursday 5 May 
Durlston Country Park Thursday 9 June
Rushmore Golf Course Thursday 7 July
Golden Cap West Dorset Thursday 1 September
Hod and Hambledon Hill Thursday 6 October
Kingston Lacy Wimborne Thursday 11 November

Summer Evening Nordic Walks at Moors Valley Country Park 

Enjoy the summer evenings with an opportunity to explore Moors Valley Country Park. Booking essential by calling 01425 480811. Nordic summer evening walks are £5 per person. You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the evening walks. 

Timetable of summer evening Nordic Walks

Location Date Time
Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre Wednesday 8 June                    6:30pm to 7:30pm
Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre Wednesday 15 June  6:30pm to 7:30pm
Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre Wednesday 22 June  6:30pm to 7:30pm
Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre Wednesday 29 June  6:30pm to 7:30pm

Nordic Walking Subscription 

If you are going on regular walks, make it cheaper by purchasing our Nordic Walking subscription. Buy 11 sessions for £47.50. Your subscription can be used for any of the listed walks, except the Nordic Adventure Walks.

Terms and conditions apply.

Complete your Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ)

If you are a new participant to the Nordic Walking activities, a returning participant or if your health condition has changed, please complete an annual PARQ before attending the activity. 

Additional Information

Nordic Walking poles can be provided for any of these listed walks. If you require poles for the session, please inform a member of staff at the time of booking or poles can be purchased from Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre. Monday walks exclude bank holidays. Normal car parking charges apply at Moors Valley Country Park sessions excluding the Get into Nordic walking sessions.

Health and Activity general enquiries

Email: healthandactivity@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01425 480811
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