Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking. When trained in the right technique to use the poles effectively, it increases use of the upper body and enables you to work harder but it feels easier! The poles reduce the pressure on knees and joints, so it's an ideal physical activity if you have neck, shoulder and back problems and good for the heart and lungs.  


Make a booking

Booking is essential for all sessions listed below. 

You can book online for any of our Nordic Walking activities.

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If you have not booked online before please create a new account.

You may also book by calling the Health and Activity Team on 01425 480811.


Costs vary for different activities and are listed below. 


If you are going on regular walks, make it cheaper by purchasing our Nordic Walking subscription. Buy 11 sessions for the price of 10 for £50. Your subscription can be used for any of the listed walks, except the Nordic Specials.

Terms and conditions apply. 


Nordic Walking activities

Get into Nordic Walking

With the support from a Nordic Walking instructor, these courses will help you master the basics and improve your Nordic Walking technique. You will learn something new and understand how to develop your technique, giving you the all-round benefits, this activity provides. 


Courses are £12 per person. 

Timetable of courses for 2023


Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre, BH24 2ET

Dates of courses at Moors Valley Country Park;

Date Time
Friday 19 May 10:30am to midday
Saturday 27 May 10:30am to midday
Thursday 29 June 11am to 12:30pm
Friday 14 July 11:30am to 1pm
Monday 25 September 11:30am to 1pm
Saturday 28 October 11:15am to 12:45pm
Monday 30 October 10:30am to midday
Friday 24 November 11:30am to 1pm


Stour Meadows Car Park, Blandford Forum, DT11 9LS

Dates of courses at Stour Meadows Car Park;

Date Time
Tuesday 9 May 11:30am to 1pm
Tuesday 20 June 11:30am to 1pm
Tuesday 10 October 11:30am to 1pm



Skilling Hill Road Car Park, Bridport, DT6 5LA

Dates of courses at Skilling Hill Road Car Park;

Date Time
Monday 15 May 9:30am to 11am
Monday 5 June 9:30am to 11am
Monday 9 October 9:30am to 11am



The Angel Inn, Ferndown, BH22 9AP


Dates of courses at The Angel Inn;

Date Time
Wednesday 17 May 10:30am to midday
Wednesday 7 June 10:30am to midday
Wednesday 12 July 10:30am to midday
Wednesday 16 August 11:30am to 1pm


Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne BH21 4EA

Dates of courses at Kingston Lacy House;

Date Time
Tuesday 13 June 11:30am to 1pm
Tuesday 8 August 11:30am to 1pm
Tuesday 26 September 11:30am to 1pm
Tuesday 7 November 11:30am to 1pm

Free Nordic Walking Tasters

With a qualified instructor, these free tasters offering the chance to experience walking with poles and to see if this would be an activity for you.

The next taster sessions are;

Wednesday 24 May or Wednesday 28 June

10am - 10.45am at The Angel Inn Ferndown


Thursday 22 June or Friday 7 July

10am - 10.45am at Moors Valley Country Park, Golf and Activity Centre

To book a place call 01425 480811

Nordic Wellness Walks 

A gentle Nordic Walk incorporating mobility exercises to help with flexibility, balance and strength whilst using your poles to improve your general fitness. These sessions are suitable for those who are starting at a lower level of fitness, so perfect for beginners. 


Weekly wellness walks are £5 per person.

You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the wellness walks. 

Timetable of Wellness Walks

Dates of Wellness Walks

Location Day Time
Moors Valley Country Park Mondays 10am to 11am
Kingston Lacy House  Tuesdays 10am to 11am


Nordic Workout Walks

These one-hour walks are designed to help you improve your fitness levels and get noticeable results. Combining technique, gradients, terrain and exercises, these sessions will help develop your fitness, endurance and speed.


Weekly workout walks are £5 per person. 

You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the workout walks. 

Timetable of Workout Walks

Location Day Time
Moors Valley Country Park Mondays 9:45am to 10:45am
Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne  Tuesdays 10am to 11am
The Angel Inn, Ferndown Wednesdays 11am to midday
Moors Valley Country Park Fridays 9:45am to 10:45am
Moors Valley Country Park Saturdays 10am to 11am

Nordic Adventure Walks  

These longer walks take between 2 to 2.5 hours and start in different locations across Dorset. They are more challenging and are between 8-11km in distance and can include more strenuous terrain.


Nordic adventure walks are £5 per person or you can use your subscription. 

You must have completed a Get into Nordic Walking course prior to attending the adventure walks. 

Timetable of Adventure Walks

Location Date Time
Six Penny Handley, Garston Wood Thursday 4 May 10:30am to 12:30pm
Mannington/Horton, Mannington Chapel Car Park Thursday 1 June 10:30am to 12:30pm
Martin Down, Sillens Lane Car Park Thursday 6 July 10:30am to 12:30pm
Ferndown, Meet at Haskins Car Park Thursday 7 September 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cranborne, Meet at Cranborne Garden Centre Thursday 5 October 10:30am to 12:30pm
Ferndown Forest Golf Club Thursday 2 November 10:30am to 12:30pm
Moors Valley Country Park Christmas walk Thursday 7 December 10:30am to 12:30pm

Nordic Specials

Offering something different to our regular walks, these specials will add interesting and fun additions to our programme. Each walk is £7 per person.

Timetable of Nordic Specials

Location Date Time
Corfe to Swanage Wednesday 17 May 10:30am to 3:30pm
Holt Heath  Wednesday 12 July 5am to 7am
Moors Valley Country Park, Bat Walk Wednesday 27 September 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wick beach walk Wednesday 22 November 10:30am to 1:30pm


Health and Activity general enquiries

Tel: 01425 480811
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