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On the march - nordic walking!

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Nordic walkers

Notts folk are being invited to get to grips with Nordic walking to improve fitness levels and explore Sherwood Pines Forest Park.

The Forestry Commission is to run sessions for novices every Friday in the 3,000 acre beauty spot, near Clipstone, perfect for people of all ages.

Nordic walking is walking using two specially designed poles and is similar to cross country skiing, which given the winter we had might not be a bad skill to acquire! But toning up is the aim of these events as Nordic walking is far more beneficial than walking without poles. Swinging the sticks helps use 90% of the body’s muscles, burning calories much quicker, say experts.

Hannah Darcel, Forestry Commission Health and Well-being Ranger, said:

“It’s become a real fitness craze, but it’s here to stay because it’s so much fun and does you a power of good. Anyone can give it a go, from folk recovering from illness to those wanting to boost mind, body and spirit. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and discover the wood.”

One hour sessions start at 10.30am (or 10am if you want basic training using poles). The cost is £5, or £4 for holders of a Discovery Pass. If you supply your own poles the fee is £3. To book a place contact Hannah Darcel on 01623 822447 or 07789 942599.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. To find out more about the region's woods log-on to the Forestry Commission's new website for the East Midlands at

Richard Darn on 01226 246351, mobile 0775 367 0038