Strolls With Poles

Great experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
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

Such a friendly and fun start to my Nordic walking experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
4th February 2024

I attended my first session today. Julie and Martin are super helpful and friendly. They really go out of their way to accommodate individual needs and experience. We had a very friendly walk and lunch after. All very relaxed. You can borrow poles in the session and receive advice about them which makes it even easier to decide if it’s for you, without any pressure. I’ll be back !

Theresa M

A holiday highlight

Rated 5.0 out of 5
23rd December 2023

My husband and I go Nordic walking with Strolls with Poles every year when we holiday in Northumberland. Julie, Martin and the rest of the Group are so friendly and welcoming. The walks take in some stunning scenery and always finish with a lovely afternoon tea! The walks are always a highlight of our holiday and I’m so pleased we found Strolls with Poles.

Stephanie H

Wallington December 3rd 2023

Rated 5.0 out of 5
4th December 2023

Julie and Martin are brilliant instructors with a wonderful balance of humour and skill. We had great time and look forward to continue to use the poles that we purchased to improve our health and fitness. We highly recommend that you try a session. You won’t be disappointed!

Lee S

Learn to Nordic Walk @ Wallington

Rated 5.0 out of 5
10th September 2023

Great session, loved it all. Really good instruction without being overwhelming – walk was a great way to learn and the group were lovely. Cuppa at the end in the tea rooms finished the day off nicely! Anyone thinking about giving it a go – just go for it, you won’t regret it.

Sarah K

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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.