Strolls With Poles

Absolutely Brilliant

8th May 2024

I was drawn to Nordic walking when I saw Julie and group on Robson Green’s programme. On 5th May I had the opportunity to join Strolls with Poles training and it was great. I am 70 and have a touch of arthritis but managed really well with encouragement from Julie and Martin. If anyone is pondering about taking a lesson, I would say, ‘Go for it!’ I can highly recommend.

Brenda B

Walking at Wallington

12th April 2024

With trepidation I joined this group on Sunday 7th April, 2024. Why oh why? I was greeted with open arms and thoroughly enjoyed my day. Julie and Martin were fantastic and even arranged for the rain to stay away! Such fun Thank you

Elaine N

Learn to Nordic walk

9th April 2024

I am no spring chicken and I have rheumatoid arthritis but I like to get out in the countryside. I signed up for this training to increase the distance I could cover and with the excellent support of Julie and Martin and their Nordic poles I completed the course. A very satisfied customer. I will continue with this.

Vivienne D

Great experience

18th March 2024

I really enjoy walking but with arthritis in my lower spine felt that I was in a downward cycle of gaining weight and becoming less active.

I have been thinking of trying Nordic walking and so glad I have. My training session was on Saturday and today ( with my borrowed poles) I have done another walk along Ross Sands which I really enjoyed and feel very motivated to contimue.

Lynne C

Great experience

6th February 2024

My daughter and I tried Strolls with Poles on the recommendation of a ‘Gait Specialist’ to help her with her walking stability, and also for my self.

The day was wonderful and Julie and Martin were very attentive from the start. They were very inclusive with my daughter who couldn’t pick it up as easily as the main group. Julie’s understanding of her challenges was exceptional, and through her support my daughter felt she really had succeeded! We will definitely be joining other walks, although they may still need to be fairly short,

Jeni L

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Welcome to the home of Strolls With Poles!  Walking for fun as well as for fitness.

Our walk leader, Julie, is a fully qualified Nordic Walking Instructor, hence the poles.

Please browse our programme of planned Nordic walks and contact Julie if you would like more information.

Strolls with Poles – Nordic Walking for Fun and Fitness

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What is Nordic Walking?

We are often asked “What is Nordic Walking?”

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking style.  It uses a technique that is similar to the upper body action of cross country skiing.  Indeed this is where Nordic Walking stems from.

Nordic Walking becomes a whole body exercise which can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what your age and fitness level.  From the gentler walking for health to the more athletic Nordic running.

More than 10 million people in over 40 countries around the world enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.

How will Nordic Walking benefit me and my body?

Nordic Walking poles share the effort between your upper and lower body and combine the simplicity and accessibility of walking to create a full body low impact workout.

The benefits of Nordic Walking are:

  • it can release tension in your neck and shoulders
  • it will improve your posture and gait
  • you can strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • it can tone problem areas such as the upper arms (bingo wings) and abdominal muscles
  • it reduces the impact on your joints
  • It can be very effective for people with mobility issues or those recovering from illness or injury
  • you can burn from 20% up to 46% more calories compared to walking without Nordic Walking poles
  • it actually feels easier than normal walking, particularly uphill because the effort is shared between the upper and lower body

Because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work
you will be happy to walk further and for longer.

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About us

Who are Strolls With Poles?

If you enjoy a stroll, especially using Nordic Walking poles, then Strolls With Poles is for you.  Take a look around the website to learn more about us.

We specialise in enjoying fun, relaxing and friendly walks in a variety of beautiful locations in the North East of England.  We sometimes even venture further afield, taking part in challenge walks and away days.

As a reward we always end (sometimes during) our walks enjoying tea and cakes, in local tea rooms and cafes.

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Allen Banks – 6th Mar 2022

Allen Banks is one of our favourites as the scenery is always beautiful regardless of the time of year. The variation of a tarn, a wooded valley, a beautiful river and it’s bridges makes a wonderful walk. It’s a great place to visit.