February Techie Corner


Having issues with registering, booking online or having an issue with a website and can’t work out why it’s not working? – David, our in-house IT specialist suggests “a great place to start is try is clearing your browser cache.”




What is a Cache?

The internet browser cache is a temporary storage location on your device for files downloaded by your internet browser to display websites.  These files that are cached locally include any documents that make up a website, such as html files, CSS style sheets, JavaScript scripts, as well as graphic images and other multimedia content.

Why Do I Need To Clear The Cache?

The internet browser cache can get quite large and take up a lot of space on your hard drive, filled with data from websites you will never visit again. While you can limit how large it can get, it is still useful to occasionally clear it to fix problems and speed things up again.

Sometimes, cached versions of a website can cause issues, for example when the browser does not download a fresh version of the website, even though the site was updated since last caching it. Another evidence for a cache issue is when a website only loads partially or looks like it’s badly formatted. Since the cache lies at the heart of many website-related problems, IT support will recommend that you clear your cache when you report respective phenomena.

How Do I Clear the Cache?

To clear your cache on your internet browser, take a look at this helpful guide which takes you through how to do this on various internet browers i.e. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari etc. Click here to read this.

Source: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/browser-cache-makeuseof-explains/ 

Nordic Walking for Personal Trainers

Personal Trainers – Nordic Walking for Personal Trainers workshop only £65!

Nordic Walking UK is delivering its Nordic Walking for Personal Trainers workshop at University of Wolverhampton on Thurs 16 Feb 2017, and has secured subsidised places for Personal Trainers who book the course before Fri 13 Jan – this workshop costs only £65!*

Nordic walking is the ideal outdoor tool for clients who shouldn’t be running. For fitter clients, high intensity training with poles is the perfect outdoor cross-trainer, eliciting a greater heart rate than running!

To book your place, click to HERE 

Important booking notes:
1. For Student Number, enter NWUK
2. For Degree Course, enter External

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*NB: this is a one-off price offer and this is not a Nordic Walking Instructor course.


Become a member of Nordic Walking UK and save £££s

Check out our NEW Nordic Walking UK Membership card  – the must have for all Nordic walkers……….

Membership CardBecoming a member is the best way for you to maximise your enjoyment of Nordic Walking. Whether you want to find local groups, improve your technique, attend our members courses, join us on our breaks and holidays, or become a walk leader or instructor, the membership provides a gateway to the World of Nordic Walking in the UK and abroad. You will receive newsletters, priority bookings for events, holidays & races, exclusive offers on equipment and benefits negotiated with our partners.


Members can enjoy a 10-15% discount in the NWUK Online Store and the following fantastic benefits:

15% off at Cotswold Outdoor!
Providing vast range of clothing, accessories and equipment for outdoor activities. Rab, The North Face, Berghaus, Jack Wolfskin, Merrell, Mountain Equipment and Salomon are just some of the top brands stocked in-store.

10% off luxury cabin breaks with Forest HolidaysEscape to a luxury woodland cabin and choose to stay at one of nine stunning Forest Holidays locations – all set exclusively on Forestry Commission land. Whichever location you choose, you can relax in your private hot tub, or for those more active, take a stroll along one of the many woodland trails, hire bikes for all the family and set off on an exhilarating cycle or try your hand at archery.With a range of cabins sleeping 2-10 people Forest Holidays are perfect for either families, groups or couples as there really is something for everyone. You can even bring the dog and stay in a pet-friendly cabin!www.forestholidays.co.uk
A £60 Naked Wines Gift Voucher!
To spend at online wine retailer and independent winemakers


25% off Hi-Tec Online
Global sports and outdoor footwear brand Hi-Tec Sports specialise in walking and hiking footwear catering to all levels of walking, whether you enjoy walking in the local park or exploring mountain trails.


Save an exclusive 10% on theatre tickets
Access to over 100 musicals and plays, opera, ballet and dance shows. Get fantastic ticket deals and best available tickets on shows such as The Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot the Musical, Jersey Boys, War Horse and many, many more! Even better, with us you’ll get an exclusive 10% discount on top!


hotel-banner25% off plus £10 per stay spend in Macdonald Hotels!

With over 45 Macdonald Hotels & Resorts across the UK, you don’t have too travel far to experience stunning locations with breath-taking views, total luxury and relaxation, or opt for city centre vibrancy or a family adventure…


10% off at Rohan

Rohan clothing is light, highly packable, quick drying, protective and easy to care – perfect for the outdoors and travel.

10% off Fred Olsen Cruises

This saving is in addition to any promotional discounts on offer at the time of booking. What’s more, friends and family travelling on your booking will qualify too!

Departing from 10 ports around the UK to over 200 destinations worldwide, your Fred. Olsen Cruise is closer than you think.

10% off all holidays with Headwater

HEADWATER MASTER WITH STRAPLINEDo more than visit… discover. Headwater specialises in the relaxed side of activity, offering a selection of the finest walking, cycling, canoeing and cross-country skiing holidays throughout Europe, as well as a selection of exciting long-haul destinations!

10% off Cotton Traders

Discover practical casuals designed for everyday life and outdoor adventures – quality that you can rely on without skimping on style. We go to great lengths to source comfortable fabrics that are built to last, with a rainbow of colours and a huge range of sizes to choose from – so whether you’re an XS or 5XL, you’ll find something to suit you. To welcome you, you can enjoy 10% off when you spend £25 online at cottontraders.com. Cotton on to style, quality and value today.

10% off with cottages.com
Discover rural cottages, rustic farmhouses and modern apartments in the UK and beautiful villas and gites overseas. With over 13,000 properties to choose from you are sure to find your dream holiday.
Choose to stay for a short break of 2, 3 or 4 nights or stay 7 nights or longer. Prices start from as little as £9 per person, per night which is excellent value. Also thousands of properties are pet friendly so all the family can enjoy a holiday!
All properties are annually inspected and graded by our regional managers and our grading scheme is supported by Visit England and their Gold Awards.

And many more! Our membership team are constantly negotiating new benefits and getting new partners on board.


As a limited introductory offer, you can get a years membership with Nordic Walking UK for just £9.95* or for FREE* with a valid FREEDOM activation code (see below)

Click here to join TODAY by registering on our NWUK  membership page

If you have completed a Learn to Nordic Walk course and previously registered a freedom card, freedom passport or competence card you can upgrade to this NEW membership for FREE * Simply login rather than registering on the membership page. If you do not have a freedom activation code (beginning with CC), please speak to your instructor.

*a small fee of £2.50 is payable to cover cost of card, postage & packing will be required



Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival – BOOK NOW!

dc8ce083-7263-49e4-8657-a2c3ea4613fbWe are really excited to be inviting Nordic walkers to our home in Dorset and have planned some amazing walks and workshops for you across three days in September. Come and join us on the Jurassic Coast for a Nordic walking spectacular which is suitable for all levels. Places are limited so we advise to book your place as soon as you can!


Whether you (or your friends) want to get started at a Taster session, improve technique in a workshop or simply join us on scenic, themed and challenging nordic walks – there will be a HUGE welcome and a fun relaxed atmosphere at our hub overlooking Swanage Bay.


We are also delighted to be part of the Purbeck Outdoor weekend and have included a 16 mile and a Marathon challenge event exclusively for Nordic Walkers so if you are up for a challenge, come and get the T-Shirt and Medal!

Visit www.nordicwalking.events to see what we have in store for you. Bookings are now open so choose the right package for you and we will see you in September.

As this is our first UK Festival we are keen to not exceed our maximum numbers so places will be limited. Registration is first come first served and date of registration will be taken into consideration for any walks or workshops that may have number restrictions due to location, theme or specialist leaders. Enjoy browsing the website and hopefully, we will see you in Purbeck soon!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us or call 0333 1234 540


PS – We will be constantly updating the website as confirmation from leaders, experts and locations come through. Rest assured there will be plenty to see and do!
Click here to visit the Purbeck Festival Website


May is National Walking Month!

May is National Walking Month, which is all about encouraging people to walk more throughout May – a great excuse to go out Nordic walking in the Spring sunshine!

Nordic Walking UK have set up a series of sessions all over the UK for the weekend of 14th & 15th May offering you a chance to catch up on the latest techniques if you have let things slide or to get started with Nordic walking if you haven’t already :-

nw-taster-walk-500-white_v1Taster Sessions – a session for novices and newbies to Nordic walking. Learn about the benefits of Nordic walking and how it’s far more than walking with poles



nw-learn-to-nordic-walk-500-white_v2Learn to Nordic Walk Courses – our award-winning four week Learn to Nordic Walk course will take you through four ‘gears’ to help you master the techinique of Nordic walking required in order to achieve your personal health and fitness goals



Technique Refresher Sessions – if you completed a Learn to Nordic walk course a while back but feel like you need a refresher on your technique to ensure you are getting the maximum benefit from your poles – a refresher session is for you



Conversion Courses – if you have been Nordic walking for years but have never received structured tuition from a NWUK qualified Instructor, come along and we will work with you to ensure that you understand the current NWUK teaching methods and terminology and issue you with a FREEDOM Passport to demonstrate this!

To find your closest sessions put in your postcode in the search box HERE and book your place now – each session will show with the icons above!

You might find it helps to search activities and then you can select the type of session you think you need. If no activities show, you can widen the search or call your local Instructor to find out what they have on offer. As we are still adding Instructors and Activities in many areas – call us on 0333 1234 540 if you cant find what you are looking for and we will do what we can. Please also let us know if they do not return your call so we can check their listing and remove if necessary – email support@nordicwalking.co.uk and let them know who you contacted.


Instructor Tip


If you regularly lead classes in an area with a very weak mobile phone signal, you may still be able to text the emergency services. To utilise this facility, you must first register your phone with the emergency services. Text REGISTER to 999; then follow the instructions in the reply text.

Remember hand-with-a-mobile-phone_318-38051to also re check the signal on your favourite routes, especially if you have changed your mobile phone  provider since you last risk assessed. One Instructor in a remote location told us she only conducts certain walks if her walk leader is present because between them they have coverage of the whole route!

Website & Management System Testimonials

tablet oneA Message for NWUK Delivery Partners

The Team at NWUK HQ know that no business should ever rest on its laurels and never embrace change (no matter how painful it may seem) – success comes from understanding what potential clients want and adapting accordingly. That’s why we have spent two years developing the new search and book portal that puts them in the driving seat and also makes the whole enquiry/booking process simpler for our Delivery Partners.

We know that it’s difficult for an Instructor to change an established format and we appreciate that it’s also a huge learning curve for some of you but the public are voting with their fingers and this January we have had the proof we needed that this IS the way forward! We also know you might not take our word for it so maybe it will help you to hear the views of one of our longest serving DPs who was VERY reluctant to change and another who describes herself as a technophobe!

Take a minute to listen to their views and try to think beyond your current customers (who will adapt as you can see) and think of how you can progress in the future and be part of something unique, exciting and professional.

Here are their honest views ……..


Sam Armstrong – CoreConcept and Derbyshire Nordic Walking

Pauline Beare – On The Go and Devon Nordic Walking

Caroline Fisher – Saddleworth Nordic Walking


NWUK & True Mountain

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with True Mountain and we’ve chosen a range of clothing perfect for Nordic walkers! All items are available with or without INSTRUCTOR branding but all come with our logo and flashes of NWUK purple.

True Mountain make products for outdoor sports that focus on performance. All products are made in Britain, with British fabrics that are windproof, water resistant and ultralite.

Here are the brand new items up for grabs:

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The ultimate in comfort, this lightweight neck warmer provides ultimate warmth and gives a flash of purple plus the NWUK brand. Ideal for popping into a backpack in case of chilly weather this fully technical neck warmer is an essential item for everyone exercising in the great outdoors.

Base Layers:

Mens Short Sleeved + Mens Long Sleeved
Womens Short Sleeved + Womens Long Sleeved


Lightweight, breathable and quick drying – everything you need in outdoor exercise wear. Great for layering up with the gilet or jacket but also ultra comfy on its own. Stays cool yet blocks out wind and ultra violet. The quarter zip provides the essential flash of purple and the NWUK brand appears on the zip facing to give an added nod to our fantastic activity! A truly essential piece of outdoor clothing for any Nordic walker.

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Our favourite item at NWUK! This sleek lightweight gilet blocks the wind and is also waterproof – great for teaming up with the base layers and so easy to carry in case it gets chilly. Comes with NWUK branding in zip facing and logo on the chest (with or without INSTRUCTOR) Sealed phone pocket and stretch inserts at the sides for ease of movement – a top seller!



Mens Jacket
Womens Jacket

Fully waterproof and highly technical yet soooo lightweight! An unbelievable jacket that stows away without adding weight or taking up any space, yet protects you from the elements when you need it. Windproof and stylish with NWUK branding on the chest and zip cover with the purple zip that simply says Nordic walking uk!


IMG-20150616-00567 (2)Tights

Ultimate comfort and fit – these tights are ideal for any Nordic walker who wants to ensure that flapping trousers do not impede the swing of their Nordic walking poles – lightweight, ultra stretchy and with a flattering fit that gives you a smooth profile. Ideal for all sizes and once tried, never replaced with boring outdoor trekking pants again!

For more information about True Mountain: