Want to know more about Parks & Pathways Nordic Walking based around Manchester & Salford?

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Parks & Pathways Nordic Walking was started in May 2017 by Susan Spain. Our group walk several times a week in Manchester & Salford, & also have a varied programme of longer walks in the wider Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire areas. Join Susan & her team of fully trained Walk Leaders for Fitness, Fun, Friendship & Fresh Air!! Our aim is to make you feel good about yourself at the end of every session & feel welcome in our friendly inclusive group of walkers. Give Susan a ring to chat things through & find the best session for you.

Susan is a qualified fitness instructor and along with her team of fully trained NWUK Walk Leaders, all have First Aid qualifications and are fully insured. All routes are fully risk assessed and checked.

All sessions will have full Covid-19 risk assessments and protocols in place, taking into account latest Government and Local Authority regulations and guidance, along with that provided by Nordic Walking UK and our Insurer. These take into account many considerations including (but not limited to) number of walkers per session, locations and times chosen specifically to maximise social distancing, walking patterns, the use of double bubbles (you’ll find out what that is). All participants have to agree to follow all our protocols before they are able to join a walk or class.

Covid-19 Equipment Provision – Strapless or Strapped Nordic Walking Poles which have been disinfected and quarantined between each use for 72 hours min will be provided whilst you’re learning. It is then preferable to buy your own (we have a monthly shop and drop from the WALX/NWUK store) or you can continue to rent them for an additional £1 (coin on the day) per session until your own arrive. Don’t buy any equipment before you start as equipment options are fully covered as part of the introductory course.

IF YOU’RE STARTING FROM SCRATCH you will need to book an introductory session. Why not give Susan a call on 07738 931710 to find out more. 

‘Discover the Power of the Poles’ is a 90 minute beginners induction which costs £15. The price also includes your first group walk. After completing your induction you will have a full understanding of how to use poles effectively and at a level where you will receive your Nordic Walking UK Freedom Code.  You can then join our Parks and Pathways regular walks and classes, sign up to other NWUK or WALX classes or simply get more out of walking in your own time. There is also the opportunity to sign up to a follow on Power of the Poles 2 course where you will learn more intensive Nordic Walking technique and be introduced to traditional strapped nordic walking poles. Susan will tailor each course to suit all participants and give advice on which walks will be suitable to join after completing your induction and also include a talk and information about equipment. Everyone leaves with an information pack to remind you of what’s been covered and next steps.

Venues for the Power of the Poles Induction course. 

SALFORD at Clifton Country Park, once or twice a month on a Saturday at 11am – check activities page for dates.

MANCHESTER at Chorlton Water Park, once or twice a month on a Monday at 11.45am – check activities page for dates.

Private lessons which cost £45 per person for a 90 min 1to1 Power of the Poles course may also be a possibility. Contact Susan to arrange a mutually agreeable time and location. The price also includes your first group walk.


If you’ve got your NWUK Freedom Passport Code but not Nordic walked for a while then contact Susan for a one off Technique Refresher lesson before joining our regular walks (Cost £15 for 1 hour lesson & the price also includes your first group walk) 


If you have learnt with an instructor who is not NWUK trained then contact Susan for a one off Conversion lesson so that you can obtain your NWUK Freedom Code. (Cost £15 for 1 hour lesson  & the price also includes your first group walk)   


Once you’ve got your NWUK Freedom Code you can choose from our programme of regular walks and classes running in the Salford and Manchester area and further afield.  All are easily reached from the M60/M56/M6/M66 corridors.  Where possible walks will start or finish with a social visit to a cafe for a drink and a chat.

All walks & classes are graded for pace, distance & intensity so you can choose the one that suits you best.

Workout Walks. To build your fitness  & stamina there are faster paced 1 hour Workout  Walks with Susan which have strength and conditioning exercises built into the session. See Monday Blaster/Thursday Thunderer and Saturday Early Bird Workout Walks.

Sociable Adventure 1 to 3 hour walks run on different days each week. Some are weekly, some are fortnightly or monthly. Just check the walk details to find out which distance and pace of walk suits you best. Walks are led by Instructor Susan or one of her team of fully trained NWUK Walk Leaders.

Selected Adventure walks with Susan may include Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing or Standing Yoga  (a short interlude in the walk for extra relaxation and mindfulness in a peaceful setting). Check the walk information to find these sessions.

There is Susan’s popular monthly Sunday Special Adventure Walk which is a longer 3 hour more strenuous Nordic Walk which goes further afield and often ends with a pub lunch.

We also sometimes meet up with other NWUK/WALX instructor groups for joint walks.

PRICING for Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking sessions effective 1st February 2022

Power of the Poles introductory course (90 minutes) – £15 (also includes your first group walk)

Power of the Poles 2 follow on course (90 minutes) – £15

Power of the Poles 1 to 1 Private Lessons (90 min ) cost £45 per person (no discount) (also includes your first group walk)

Regular 1 to 3 hour walks for NWUK Freedom Code holders with Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking cost

  • £7 on a pay as you go basis.
  • Or sign up to the great value £29 monthly Direct Debit option which means you can walk as many times a month as you want with our group on regular walks for £25. The DD option also allows you to walk once a month for free with as many other participating NWUK/WALX instructors as you like  (e.g. walk with 5 other participating instructors once a month on one of their regular walks and pay no extra!) This excludes any of their no discount walks or special events. If you walk with another instructor more than once a month you’ll get up to 20% off the price of their regular walks.  In addition, the DD option allows you to join one virtual online session per day for free with the NWUK/WALX HQ team as part of your package. Ensure you read the full terms and conditions before signing up.

Sunday Specials cost £10 (no discount) PAYGO and are excluded from the Direct Debit and discounted walk options.

If you’ve any queries or concerns just give me a ring or email first of all.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and try something new and hopefully you’ll be hooked… just like me.

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