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Calling all 18-25 year olds – Its time to get Nordic Walking

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Nordic Walking event

Nordic Walking instructor, Fiona Swan is on the hunt for young people aged between 18 and 25 years old to take part in a six week Nordic walking fitness course at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park.

The course will run over six weeks and participants will learn the full and correct Nordic walking technique and undertake a variety of strength and resistance exercises plus take part in outdoor challenges.  The course is being funded by Sportivate, a nationwide campaign that will capture the excitement of London 2012 Games by providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults to receive coaching in a sport of their choice and guide them into regular participation within their community.

Nordic walking is a popular fitness technique that 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. 

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!  It is also a great for people who ski – good training to be doing outside the ski season. 

Fiona Swan says:

“Nordic walking is a great activity for people of all ages.  Its a great fitness activity and also very sociable and fun to do.  At the end of the six week course participants will receive the Nordic Walking UK competence card enabling them to continue to walk at Haldon Forest or at any other venue.  Any 18 – 25 year olds that would like to take part can contact me for more information on 01626 890120 or 07531 729383 or email me at’

Notes to editors

  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.