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Nordic Walking for Health offers a range of different courses to suit people’s needs on weekdays and at weekends all year round in East Sussex. For groups of three to six people, fixed date courses are available or, alternatively, dates can be agreed to suit you and the other group members on receipt of a booking enquiry.

Payment is required 48 hours before the session. On cancellation, a full refund will only be provided if Nordic Walking for Health is informed more than 24 hours in advance of the session taking place.

The foundation technique course usually consists of four 1.25/1.5 hour sessions. With practice to become proficient with the technique, you’ll be able to Nordic walk on-road, off-road, on the flat and over gentle ups and downs.

Depending on your ability and what you want out of Nordic walking, you can then extend your course to learn the higher Health and Fitness levels of Nordic walking technique.

The Foundation level of technique is for getting started and reaching a solid foundation to build on.

The Health level of technique is for improving general health & well-being more effectively than by natural walking.

The Fitness level of technique is for achieving more specific, personal health & fitness objectives and for more demanding terrain.

As a foundation course progresses, you will learn to Nordic walk over more varied terrain at different locations. Sessions gradually become more demanding. Two extra, slightly longer sessions are then required to learn the Health level followed by the Fitness level of Nordic walking technique.

On reaching the ’foundation’ level of Nordic walking technique at the end of the beginner course in June 2019, one of four friends fed back: “Thanks for this and for leading the course. I’ve looked at a fair few Nordic walking videos online and still think your technique is the best ! Some were engaging their arms and putting their poles in the unsafe zone and these were instructional videos !!! I really enjoyed it all and now want to do the next levels.”

If you want to try it out first, book a taster session.

If you’ve already decided to do a course, check out our full range of courses below:

Photo by Kate Linfield, Coast Magazine 2011

Courses for 1 or 2 people

You may for various reasons prefer to do a course on your own or with someone you know. As well as getting more attention from the instructor compared with a group course, you also have more time to embed and refine the technique.


From £40 per session depending on location and length of session. Nordic walking poles are provided.

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Group Courses

This course is for people who have already decided to take up Nordic walking and want to learn in a small group.


From £40 per person depending on numbers. All costs include pole hire.

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Family Group Courses

More people are choosing to learn Nordic walking with the children so that the family can do something together. Poles are available for children aged 8 and over.

These courses are usually structured in the same way as regular group courses, but are run just for you and your family.


Subject to requirements, please contact us to discuss. The cost of a full course must be paid in advance of starting it. Nordic walking poles are provided free of charge.

In 2012 the Hare family (pictured) wrote a blog about their Nordic Walking Family Course, click here to read about their experience.

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Courses for the over 60’s

These specialist courses can be provided for organisations working with the over 60s.

Nordic Walking for Health evaluated three courses it delivered for Age UK's lottery-funded Fit as a Fiddle programme. Of the 22/26 participants who fed back, 96% rated the course ‘very good’, 73% rated the course ‘very enjoyable' and 100% said they would recommend the course to a friend.


Subject to requirements, please contact us to discuss. The cost of a full course must be paid in advance of starting it. Nordic walking poles are provided free of charge.

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“Since an accident causing serious back injury, I had been nervous about doing any exercise. I wanted something more than that just getting out and walking. A friend had recently taken up Nordic walking, so I searched the internet. Early on in the course, I said to Peter: ‘That was amazing. I feel 6 ft tall !’ I'm actually only 5 ft. Peter’s response to my particular health problems gave me confidence that not only was I able to do this, but also I would benefit greatly from Nordic walking … and I do. I am now much more aware of what my body is doing, more relaxed and my posture has improved. Most importantly, I'm actually in LESS pain now than when I started.” Sandra Clarke, 59, Hove, East Sussex - May 2013

Tailor-Made Courses

Tailor-made courses are also available giving you the flexibility to decide when and where you want to train and to what level.

If you would prefer a course designed to meet your specific needs, we are happy to discuss your requirements. Reasons include:

  • a preference to do a more intensive course, including over two days or a single weekend, for example, thereby completing it in less than the usual four weeks
  • different factors affecting mobility, including visual impairment, joint conditions, appropriate follow-on rehabilitation post-injury or operation etc.
  • a location for the course being much more convenient if closer to home.


Subject to requirements, please contact us to discuss. The cost of a full course must be paid in advance of starting it. Nordic walking poles are provided free of charge.

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The timeslots below can be booked for:

  • a taster session
  • a refresher session
  • starting one session a week beginner courses involving four sessions
  • completing two sessions a day a week apart beginner courses involving four sessions.

Last updated on 12 July 2024 – early evening sessions are available during British Summer Time on request.

Start times may vary depending on location.


Wednesday 17 July – 10am & 3.30pm
Thursday 18 July – 3.30pm
Friday 19 July - 3.30pm
Saturday 20 July - 9am

Wednesday 24 July – 3.45pm
Thursday 25 July - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Friday 26 July – 9am
Saturday 27 July - 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 24 July – 11.45am


Thursday 1 August – 4pm
Friday 2 August – 12midday & 4.30pm
Saturday 3 August – 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 7 August – 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Thursday 8 August - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Friday 9 August - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Saturday 10 August – 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 14 August - 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Thursday 15 August - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Friday 16 August - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Saturday 17 August – 9am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 21 August – 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Thursday 22 August - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Friday 23 August – 9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm & 4pm
Saturday 24 August – 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 28 August – 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Thursday 29 August - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Friday 30 August – 9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm & 4pm
Saturday 31 August – 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm


Wednesday 4 September – 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Thursday 5 September - 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Friday 6 September – 9.30am, 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Saturday 7 September – 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 11 September – 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Friday 13 September – 11.30am, 2pm & 4pm
Saturday 14 September – 9am, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Wednesday 18 September – 11.45am, 2.15pm & 4.15pm
Thursday 19 September - 12midday, 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Friday 20 September – 9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm & 4pm
Saturday 21 September – 9am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

Fixed date beginner courses are listed at fixed-date-courses

Beginner courses can also be booked for dates that suit you.

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The course was great fun and paced really well. It’s a little like mobile pilates but much more enjoyable than being in a gym. I can fit it into a busy schedule as I walk my dog at the same time. You can do it as a group or on your own. I would thoroughly recommend it to people of my age who want to stay fit and mobile. That is not to say that it is not an activity for younger people too.

Suzi, 60s, Ashbourne, West Sussex Spring 2012 course with 5 friends
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Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are now available from Nordic Walking for Health for that special, fun and unusual present!

Single vouchers are worth £25 each entitling the recipient to a one and a half hour, introductory one-to-one training session that also includes the hiring of specialist Nordic walking poles.

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Really enjoyed the course, great fun as a group, the little bits of info on personal techniques for each of us was fab too. We'll definitely sell it to everyone.

Jane & Steve, 40s, Brighton, April 2011
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To gain maximum benefit, it is important to learn good, effective technique. The aim of the technique is to optimise upper body effort and slightly exaggerate the human body’s natural walking motion without changing its natural rhythm.

Nordic Walking for Health instructors use a comprehensive multi-stage stepladder technique to teach Nordic Walking (known as the Nordic Walking for Health snakes-and-stepladder©2009&2017 technique) for the purpose of exercising as effectively and safely as possible for the benefit of health and wellbeing.

The course was very good and well worth completing. I really enjoyed it and definitely want to continue.

Gill Lewis, Healthwalks Leader Brighton & Hove, August 2011

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