Once you’re proficient with the technique, you will be able to take advantage of regular group Nordic walks.
Some group walks are social and operate independently of Nordic Walking for Health, including Flo & Co and Poles Apart that walk in the Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas. Some are led, but with no instruction, e.g. Nordic Healthwalks provided by local Healthwalks schemes. Some are led by an instructor, such as the regular refresher, restarter and Old Timer Nordic walks run by Nordic Walking for Health.
It is important to ensure that you select walks to match your level of competence, take responsibility for preparing adequately beforehand and exercising safely when you participate.
Nordic Healthwalks in Brighton & Hove
Booking is open for the next courses - click on Nordic Healthwalks courses
In January 2013, Nordic Walking for Health launched free Nordic Healthwalks through the Brighton & Hove Healthwalks Scheme.
People who have successfully completed an accredited Nordic walking course and possess their own Nordic walking poles are welcome to participate in the scheme.
Nordic walkers achieving the foundation level of Nordic walking technique can take part in the relatively easy 'green' traffic light level Health Walks that are on offer every day of the week.
Those people who achieve the follow-on Health & Fitness levels can take part in the more demanding 'amber' and 'red' Nordic Progression Walks that are on offer in the afternoon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. They are led by Gill Lewis and fellow healthwalk leaders who all learned to Nordic walk on one of our courses.
To date, fifteen courses have taken place with 108 participants reaching the foundation level and many then going on to successfully complete Health & Fitness levels.
To register interest in the walks and/or a course, click on Contact Us
For more information go to Nordic Healthwalks
Neither the courses nor the regular healthwalks is part of an Exercise on Prescription or a GP Exercise Referral scheme.
Nordic Healthwalks currently run on the first and third Wednesday of the month starting at 1.30pm.
Social Nordic Walks - Brighton, Hove and Shoreham-By-Sea
Social Nordic walking groups provide walks without the presence of a trained walk leader or accredited instructor. They welcome new members who have successfully completed a Nordic walking course to the Fitness level of technique with Nordic Walking for Health or with another accredited Nordic walking instructor.
Flo & Co
The first group to be formed, Flo & Co, started in May 2010 and is NOW OPEN to new members as places have once again become available. The group Nordic walks for about 2 hours covering 3- 5 miles over terrain with varying degrees of difficulty. It is run by Jenny Hayward and currently has 10 active members. Email Jenny to be kept informed of planned walks on Tuesday mornings throughout the year.
A second social Nordic walking group, Poles Apart, started in April 2013. The group is run by Pippa Merrett and currently has 12 active members. Email Pippa to be kept informed of planned walks every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month with occasional extra seasonal walks. Walks are usually about two hours long at various nearby locations.
Castle Hill Nature Reserve - Woodingdean
If you're interested in joining Peter Stanley, a Flo & Co member living in Woodingdean, on one of his weekly Nordic walks (NOT Tuesday PM or Thursday AM) through the reserve, email Peter Stanley or phone him on 01273 692987.
Eastbourne, Lewes, Seaford & Surrounding areas
Nordic Walking for Health is looking for a new volunteer organiser to relaunch social walks for competent Nordic Walkers ONLY, i.e. people who have successfully completed a course with an accredited Nordic Walking Instructor.
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer
This new social Nordic walking group had its inaugural walk on 2 August 2015. It is run by a volunteer organiser, who learned to Nordic walk with her son on a Nordic Walking for Health course.
The next walk is on Sunday 30 April. Nordic walks will now take place one Sunday a month during summer with the first evening walk on Sunday 21 May.
This group aims to provide regular social walks for competent Nordic Walkers, i.e. people who have successfully completed a course with an accredited Nordic Walking Instructor to at least the Health (amber 'traffic light') level, if not the Fitness (red) level of technique. Please note that there will not be an instructor or trained walk leader present on these walks.
Please email Cate if you are interested in joining the group.