About Us

We’re here for you!
We are a friendly group of instructors of love to share their passion for Nordic Walking and helping people to achieve their goals. Nothing make us happier than to see someone learn about Nordic Walking, fall in love with it and then use it hit their personal weight loss or fitness goals. Dorset Nordic Walking provides walks and classes for everyone across Dorset. There are currently 12 instructors and 20 walk leaders that can introduce you to the World of Nordic Walking and provide regular classes close to where you live or work.

You don’t have to be a member and you will always be welcome. Nordic Walking is great fun and our instructors will not only ensure that you reach your health goals but that you have a great time doing it! You will learn all you need to know in a relaxed friendly atmosphere with the Learn To Nordic Walk course. Dorset Nordic Walking looks after its walkers, there will never be a shortage of interesting walks and people to meet!

You can read about each class and instructor on our website. We cater for all ages and level of fitness.

Pete Gurney

I have been a Nordic Walking Instructor for ten years here in Dorset and in Gloucestershire.

For the last five years I have been a freelance Instructor at Moors Valley Country Park where I set up the Nordic Walking programme.

As a Nordic Skiing National Coach and Team GB Coach, Nordic walking has played an integral part of health and fitness training for me over the years and Nordic walking can be used from the slowest health walks to the ultimate workout for Olympic Nordic Ski athletes.

I offer Taster sessions for the inquisitive, Learn To classes for those wanting to learn the correct technique, Workout Walks for all walkers, Ski Fit classes for those contemplating their fitness for skiing and Ultimate classes for those who want the countryside to be their “fitness gym”! – all classes set in the beautiful ‘Hardy’ countryside.

Lou Stuart

Lou Stuart is a Nordic Walking Instructor who was formerly an Occupational Therapist in the NHS. She is now focussing her attention on encouraging others to get fitter, healthier and happier through Nordic Walking.

Her sessions are open to people of all fitness levels. It’s accessible to all so come and join her having fun and getting fitter outdoors enjoying beautiful scenery in and around Salisbury and the Cranborne Chase

Nigel Maddock

Nigel lives locally with wife Penny and is passionate about outdoor exercise and helping people to achieve their health and fitness goals. He is a Nordic Walking Instructor and a Level 4 Personal Trainer with specialisms in Exercise Referral.

Lucie has been Nordic Walking since 2004 after being taught by her Pilates Instructor who was also a Physiotherapist. She took it up as an alternative to running and hasn’t looked back.

Her love of walking and the outdoors developed from spending 13 years in Scotland. She has undertaken walking challenges including Oxfam’s 100k Trialwalker and Bristol’s half marathon Sunshine Walk for Breast Cancer.

Lucie moved to Wimborne in 2014 and decided the best way to pursue her love of the outdoors and meet new people was to become a Nordic Walking Instructor with NWUK.

Laura Spencer

Laura Spencer a qualified Cancer Exercise Specialist and Nordic Walking UK qualified Instructor is introducing Nordic Walking and exercise-based cancer rehabilitation services for survivors who wish to be active but for whom the traditional barriers of exercise remain due to loss of confidence, body image or impaired fitness levels as a consequence of the many side effects of cancer treatment.

Laura is currently delivering a special Nordic walking project for cancer patients in partnership with the Clinical Nurse Specialists at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester representing Breast, Colorectal, Haematological, Gynaecological and Urological cancers.

Shirley Cannon

As a Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist, Shirley mainly instructs on Well Being Nordic Walking sessions.  Shirley worked Watford General Hospital and in a local doctors surgery for over 10 years and ran both public and private classes for patients recovering from heart surgery and hypertension.

Vicki Edwards

My interest in Nordic Walking has grown and grown since I was first introduced to this amazing way to get fit in 2013.

As a qualified Life and Career Change Coach, Reiki Practitoner and Pregnancy and Early Years Trainer I have a lot of experience to draw upon when motivating clients to really go for that extra step.

I am a motivational, empathetic and intuitive instructor, with a great sense of humour and love of the great outdoors who really wants to get people of all ages into Nordic Walking. This is one of those exercises that really is good for all ages, abilities and characters and I love the way Nordic Walking can contribute to the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Charmaine Bray

I was very unfit and facing the prospect of a much poorer quality of life. I started Nordic Walking and haven’t looked back since! Now I am proud to be an Instructor for NWUK.

So if you’d like to get fitter, have fun and meet new people then join me on one of my sessions!

John Challis

An outdoor man, John is an off-road mountain bike, keen paddle boarder and rides motor-bikes. Nordic Walking is now his main recreation and is essential to his wellbeing!

An Orthopaedic Surgeon for many years he learnt to Nordic Walk in 2005 himself having undergone major hip surgery! It has led to him wanting to help those who are aiming to increase their mobility and sense of wellbeing and general fitness.

He firmly believes that it’s the quality of life that matters and that reducing stress and maintaining fitness is integral to this. Nordic walking has many benefits and can easily be incorporated into a person’s lifestyle.

Living in Swanage he is ideally placed to lead a variety of walks throughout the Isle of Purbeck to suit all levels. He always aims to motivate individuals to achieve their personal goals, and have fun doing so.

Gill Stewart

A Sports Therapist and former long distance and ultra runner, Gill has over 35 years experience in the fitness Industry. She has a passion for wellbeing and was the creator of one of the first GP referral schemes in the UK – Since then her career has involved Community physical activity promotion, Health Club management and a National membership sales role – she has a unique insight into all aspects of fitness delivery and understands how to encourage people to enjoy being active.

She still leads regular Nordic walking technique courses and delivers presentations and demo sessions all over the UK. Gill is the driving force behind the NWUK unique programmes because she believes that the way to encourage lifestyle change is to ensure classes/walks are inspirational and always provide noticeable results. Gill is the Author of ‘The Complete guide to Nordic Walking’ which was published by BLOOMSBURY press in September 2014.

Julia Williams and Paul Duffy

Julia Williams and Paul Duffy run The Garden Studios Bridport together; a centre for Health and Wellbeing.
Paul Duffy is a yoga teacher of 17 years and an artist with a wide diversity of clients from corporate to yoga for cancer patients. I have found the outdoor activity of Nordic Walking brings me a similar feeling of meditation. Julia has worked for over 20 years in health and wellbeing as a yoga teacher, complementary therapist and founder of Tripudio Movement Systems. (including the Stepping Out programme for cancer support) Nordic Walking fits our mutual philosophy that everyone can work within their individual abilities and restrictions and enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Rob Valentine

An outdoor enthusiast and keen walker Rob became hooked on Nordic Walking after completing a course in Swanage and is now a Nordic Walking UK qualified Instructor based in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Taking place outdoors,  Nordic Walking has helped to improve his fitness whilst enjoying the Dorset countryside,  Nordic Walking is enjoyable, sociable and a great way to relieve stress and lift your spirits.

Living in Bournemouth he is ideally placed to lead a variety of walks throughout Bournemouth & the surrounding areas to suit all levels.





Catherine Fisher

Catherine is a keen naturalist especially interested in plants and birdlife. Lucky to be living in Wool she is well placed to teach Nordic Walking and plan Adventure walks in Hardy’s wonderful countryside.

An outdoor enthusiast and Physiotherapist who believes that all exercise should be a delight and likely to be sustained and effective if it is a pleasure. She knows that improved posture and gait can transform lives and that Nordic Walking is appropriate for walkers from a huge range of abilities with various goals.

Catherine is also able to work with individual walkers who require a therapeutic approach in order to learn safe and enjoyable Nordic Walking.

Jo Sinclair

Hi My name is Jo and I have taught Nordic walking for 4 years and I love it.
We walk in various locations as it gives a chance to see and enjoy the beautiful countryside we are lucky enough to be surrounded by.
Nordic walking is the best fun you can have with your feet, whilst enjoying the great outdoors.
As well as teaching clients how to Nordic I also run regular walks for us to get out and about. A general walk lasts around an hour and then I put on longer sessions further afield every 4-6weeks.
Everyone can Nordic Walk and you don’t have to be fit to start(although you will become fitter!). No need for fancy gym wear, just comfy walking footwear to start you off.
I absolutely love Nordic walking and have a great group who walk with me regularly. We all go for coffee after too.


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