I have been very pleased with my Nordic Walking experience so far. Even as quite an experienced hill walker, the techniques and equipment have helped me a lot in my longer training walks. The group walks I have attended have been lots of fun. They are consistently well led by Alison and the company of the other walkers is great too!  

— Matt D

I have nothing but the highest of praise for Heart of England Nordic Walking. My first introduction to nordic walking was during a taster session run as part of a Solihull Council fitness day. Alison's enthusiasm, knowledge and excellent teaching style hooked me in immediately. Since completing my passport training sessions I have enjoyed many hours of nordic walking on walks organised by Alison and by myself. There is a full timetable of organised walks each week, which vary in length and fitness demands; something for everyone. Alison is very sensitive to the individual needs of her walkers and is always looking for new ways to support these. She is receptive to ideas and suggestions and is keen to continue to develop her provision. Nordic walking is a full body work out. I find I can walk faster and further when using nordic poles as the walking technique takes the pressure off your knees and hips. When you get the arm swing and foot lift really working the rhythm is hypnotic! Give it a go, it's wonderful.

— Stephanie H

I started Nordic Walking with Alison in spring 2017. I couldn’t have chosen a better instructor. A careful explanation was given both on the taster session as well as during the training. Nothing seems to be too much trouble however difficult the students find the technique. Alison adapts the class to manage students with many different abilities. Once trained, Alison organises walks for different ages, abilities and levels of fitness. If there are mixed abilities, the walk is adapted to suit all. Everyone finishes the walk with that feel-good factor, whatever their level of fitness. During a week there will be shorter walks in local parks for beginners or those less able, as well as adventure walks for those needing a challenge. Alison will advise walkers as to which walks will suit them best. Alison is keen to support groups keen to walk such as charitable organisations or social groups. She will put on a free promotional session. Alison is keen to promote Nordic walking as a means of improving Quality of Life for those less able, as well as promoting it to improve the health of the general public. Nordic Walking isn’t just a physical activity. It is a social outing, excellent for making new friends and so is very good for mental wellbeing. Everyone is made to feel very welcome whether a local person or visiting from further afield.

— Anne W

I joined Nordic Walking this year at Dorridge Park.  Alison is a fab teacher and her passion for walking and its benefits shine through. She gauges the different fitness abilities of the group and is caring and knowledgable. For anyone of any ability I would say ‘Give it a Go!’  You will love it.

— Amanda B