Date: 26th May 2018
Time: 11:30
Activity Length: 180 mins
Activity Run By: Susan Spain
Location: Clifton Country Park
Type: Nordic Walking, Learn to Nordic Walk

Learn how to Nordic walk for fitness or just for fun in a relaxed group atmosphere on this 3 session course which will teach you the Nordic Walking UK method up to a minimum of Gear 2. Gain your Nordic Walking Freedom Passport at the end of your 3rd session  on your Graduation Walk (or alternatively by special arrangement at the end of session 2).   

Depending on your availability, level of fitness and how you feel you best will learn, you can complete your course in the following ways

1 - Short of time and are physically ok with completing  2 x 1.5 hour sessions in one day? Complete sessions 1 & 2 in one day on a Saturday ( with an hours gap between sessions 1 & 2 for lunch) then choose your session 3 Graduation Walk to suit within 2 weeks of completing session 2 from any Adventure or Workout Walks with me. You will meet other members of the Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking group on your graduation walk.  Session 1 will run from 11.30am to 1pm and Session 2 from 2pm to 3.30pm. You can either bring your own lunch or visit the Atrium Cafe at Ryders Equestrian Centre or alternatively the Unity Brook Inn adjacent to Ryders. Both are just up the road from the park on the main A666 Manchester Road BL4 8RU. (Turn right out of Clifton House Road and Ryders is a quarter of a mile along Manchester Road on the LH Side after the petrol station followed by The Unity Brook. ). Toilets are available at both lunch locations. 

2 - Feel better spreading out your learning in order to reflect on each session or suits your current level of fitness? Complete session 1 and session 2 on consecutive Saturdays then choose your session 3 Graduation Walk  to suit within 2 weeks of completing session 2 from any Adventure or Workout Walks with me. You will meet other members of the Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking group on your graduation walk.  Both sessions 1 & 2 will run on consectutive Saturdays at 11.30am to 12.45pm.  

Nordic Walking poles are provided.  

Meeting point: We meet at the Visitor Centre Car Park. (Sat Nav: M27 6NG). Plenty of free parking. Easily reached via exit 16 off the M60 or exit 2 off the M61, then along the A666 and turn down Clifton House Road (follow brown signs). Bus stop: Use the Clifton Cricket Club stop on Manchester Road (Bus numbers 8 and 22). Park is a short walk down Clifton House Road.

I will not only teach you the Nordic Walking technique in manageable easy to understand chunks but help you use it to achieve your personal health and fitness goals. Each session adds another ‘gear’ and helps you understand how to get propulsion, gradually increasing the workload to a level that is right for you.

Session 1 – The fundamentals of Nordic Walking technique. Mastering hand grip and poles straps to develop technique. Introduction to hill technique. 

Session 2 - Walking up and down hills. Adding more speed, through improved technique and learning to keep in your own comfort zone.

All through the course I will incorporate good posture and understanding technique, distance, speed & terrain. You will also receive teaching on Nordic Walking poles and equipment. 

Nordic Walking poles will be provided whilst you’re learning. If you are worried about your current fitness levels or health concerns then get in touch. It may be that one of my Wellbeing sessions would be a better start for you first of all.

The Visitor Centre is  more than likely NOT open during the session so the nearest toilets are at McDonalds 447 Bolton Rd, Pendlebury, Manchester M27 8BB or ASDA  15 Wellington Rd, Swinton, Manchester M27 4BR (or Ryders Equestrian Centre, Manchester Road BL4 8RU, if you are visiting the Atrium Cafe or the Unity Brook Inn BL4 8RX during lunchtime). 

Lessons will start and finish promptly so give yourself plenty of time.  We will be walking on both grass and paths so make sure you’re wearing supportive shoes/trainers with a good tread that you are happy to get dirty and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather.

Please remember to bring 1 - bottle of water 2 - any medications you may need 3 - a small rucksack as you`ll need both hands free at all times. 4 - a mobile phone is useful for any last minute notifications. 

Cancellation policy. Please note - you can cancel online up to 48 hours before the walk. Unfortunately, no refunds are not allowed after this time. Please contact me directly via phone/text on 07738 931710 if you need to cancel nearer to the start time so we’re not waiting for you. Likewise, please phone/text as well as using the online system if you want to book on at the last minute - we don`t want to go without you!

This activity is run by: Susan Spain
Activity Location: Clifton Country Park
Address: Clifton M27 6NG, United Kingdom
Location Notes: Meet at Visitor Centre Car Park. (Sat Nav: M27 6NG). Plenty of free parking. Easily reached via exit 16 off the M60 or exit 2 off the M61, then along the A666 and turn down Clifton House Road (follow brown signs).

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