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NEWS RELEASE No: 1536015 MARCH 2012

Do you Sport Relief mile Nordic style

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Nordic Walking event

Looking for a good way to raise money for Sport Relief?  Fancy trying a new activity?  If so, why not join in the ‘Sport Relief Nordic Walk’ on Saturday 24 March at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Qualified Nordic walking instructor, Fiona Swan who runs sessions at Haldon is holding a three mile Nordic Walk'.  It will begin at 9.30 a.m - 11.30a.m. with a Nordic Walking induction for new walkers and will be followed by a three mile instructor led walk around the trails.  Cost for participants is £10 (which includes pole hire) and all proceeds will go to Sport Relief.

Nordic Walking is a popular fitness technique which incorporates specially designed walking poles to work the upper part of the body as well as the legs whilst walking, making it a full body work out.  It was first developed in Finland in the 1950s to help cross country skiers maintain their fitness.  Suitable for people of all abilities, it is recommended by fitness experts and health professionals because it is simple, highly effective and affordable.

By using the specially designed poles, people can use all the major muscles in the body to burn up to twice as many calories as ordinary walking, even though the poles make it feel easier by propelling the walker along! 

The poles also reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement is great for easing back and neck pain too. It’s so effective that it is being used for weight loss, rehabilitation and sports specific training all the over the UK and those that have tried it all agree that being outdoors was energising and that they felt fantastic afterwards!

People must book their place on the day by contacting Fiona on 01626 890120 or by email her at



  1. There is something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park.  It is 3.500 acres of woodland, owned by the Forestry Commission, just fifteen minutes from Exeter.  It is open every day and there are a range of walks and all ability trails, cycling trails as well as a wide range of events.  Rangers are on hand daily to give advice and ensure people get the most out of their visit.  In addition Forest Cycle Hire is based at Haldon, hiring out mountain bikes to visitors and facilitating groups of cyclists in the forest.  Haldon Forest Park also hosts Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides in the tree tops.  The Ridge Café is open at Haldon every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced food and drink.  The site is also home to the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative organisation, which uses the arts to explore new understandings of our place within nature.  They hold regular exhibitions and run educational events.

  2. 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.  Further information can be found at

For further information please contact Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.