WIN a pair of Hi-Tec boots!

It’s Christmas competition time!

Enter our Nordic Walking UK members’ Christmas competition for an opportunity to WIN a fab pair of Hi-Tec boots worth £79.99!

Not a member? You can join now at nordicwalking.co.uk for exclusive members’ benefits PLUS a chance to win these great walking boots.

 

Membership costs £9.95 for twelve months plus £2.50 p&p for your membership card and pack. You can join for twelve months FREE (subject to £2.50 p&p)* if you complete a Learn to Nordic Walk Freedom Passport course with a NWUK instructor.

Log into your member’s area at nordicwalking.co.uk and select ‘My membership benefits’ for details of how to enter the competition.

Last date for entries: 31 December 2017

 

PRIZE
A pair of Bandera II Waterproof walking boots or shoes RRP 79.99

Hi-Tec Terms & Conditions:
One winner will win one pair of Hi-Tec Bandera II Waterproof walking boots or walking shoes in a colour and size of their choice from stock available at https://www.hi-tec.co.uk/bandera-ii-waterproof-walking-boots-shoes/

Subject to availability
Delivery is available to UK and ROI addresses only
No cash alternative

* renewable annually at £9.95 plus p&p

The must have card for all Nordic walkers……

Not only is becoming a member the best way for you to maximise your enjoyment of Nordic Walking, did you know that it brings you benefits that can save you £££s? 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.

Our Partners also offer some great Competition prizes so click here  TO ENTER THE CHRISTMAS Prize draw to win a pair of HI TEC SHOES or simply read on to see all the NEW BENEFITS of joining NWUK!

WHY JOIN?

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


NEW! 20% off online purchases from SatMap

The Satmap range of high-end, award-winning, handheld GPS mapping devices are designed for serious enthusiasts of The Great Outdoors. To complement their devices, Satmap also have over 400 high quality maps from sources such as Ordnance Survey and OpenCycleMap. A SatMap is a dedicated GPS device of outstanding functionality – a must-have for the serious outdoor enthusiast and ideal for Nordic walkers.

www.satmap.com


NEW! 15% off purchases from Blacks, Millets and Ultimate Outdoors

At the Blacks family of stores, including Blacks, Millets and Ultimate Outdoors, you will find all your favourite outdoor brands in clothing, footwear, accessories and equipment for walking, skiing, camping, running and cycling.

www.blacks.co.uk

www.ultimateoutdoors.com

www.millets.co.uk


NEW20% discount off Aquapac waterproof cases and bags

Carry and use your phone, camera or other devices outdoors even when it’s wet with the Aquapac range of cases and bags.

aquapac.net/store/shop

 

 

 


NEW! 10% off purchases from Ledlenser-store.co.uk

LED Lenser torches use world-class patented technology not found anywhere else for a high-performance range of torches for all uses.

www.ledlenser-store.co.uk


15% off at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runners Need and Cycle Surgery both in store and online!

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.

www.cotswoldoutdoor.com


10% off luxury cabin breaks with Forest Holidays.

Escape 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

www.nakedwines.com

 


20% 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.

www.hi-tec.co.uk

 


10% off at Rohan

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

www.rohan.co.uk


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, An American in Paris, Annie, Kinky Boots, Miranda, Les Miserables and many, many more. Even better, with us you’ll get an exclusive 10% discount on top! If you can’t decide, a UK tickets token makes a super gift for a stage-struck friend!

www.uktickets.co.uk

 


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Exclusive member discounts

Award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will give you a very tempting 10% membership discount* on your first sailing with them – and that’s on top of any current offers.  Existing Fred. Olsen customers can save 5%, in addition to their 5% Loyalty Club discount.
With cruise line holidays all over the world we are sure there will be the perfect holiday for you…

www.fredolsencruises.com


10% off all holidays with Headwater

Do 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!

www.headwater.com


10% off with cottages4you

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! Also thousands of properties are pet friendly so all the family can enjoy a holiday. All properties are annually inspected and graded by regional managers and the grading scheme is supported by Visit England and their Gold Awards.

www.chooseacottage.co.uk/NOW


20% off Stixskin

Customise your Nordic walking poles with Stixskin, the original robust, waterproof and weatherproof wrap-sticker that is easy to apply, trim, and remove. Stixskins are suitable for fixed, telescopic, or adjustable poles and sticks for Nordic walking, skiing or trekking. Available in many original designs including special seasonal styles.

www.stixskin.com


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

HOW TO JOIN….

As a limited introductory offer, you can get a year’s 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 passport you can upgrade to NWUK 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.

*First 12 months free. A small fee of £2.50 is payable to cover cost of card, postage & packing. Membership will renew automatically after 12 months at the current rate plus p&p.

 

 

 

Jean and John Norman, Dunwood Park Nordic Walkers visit NWUK HQ

Jean Norman from Oldham qualified as a Nordic Walking Instructor in September 2017. She came into the Nordic Walking UK headquarters in Worth Matravers, Dorset, to collect her certificate as she wanted to meet the HQ team.

Mike awarded Jean with her certificate.

Jean told us how she and husband John have been Nordic walking since 2012 after being London Ambassadors during the Olympic Games and wanted to continue to do volunteering by offering Nordic Walking at Dunwood Park, in Shaw, Oldham, after the Friends of Dunwood Park had won a lottery win of £1.5 million.  They have formed Dunwood Park Nordic which attracts 10 walkers at each monthly session which takes place on the second Sunday of month from Dunwood Park Bowling Pavilion at 11:00 hours.

Jean and John offer a varied programme walking, historic and community engagement activities with a different focus and area covered each time.  Special guests are invited and the programme on 11th March next year offers an expert from the Milestone Society who will explain the significance of historical items found on the walk.  They offer loan of the walking poles and a brew and a chat at the end of their walks in the Bowling Pavilion at Dunwood Park and charge £3 each walker.

John with Julie and Mike Redfern in front of the Dunwood Park Bowling Pavilion

Jean’s Diploma training was funded by Oldham council. ‘To qualify for the funding I had to submit evidence including customer satisfaction surveys and profiles of the walkers,’ said Jean, ‘I had already followed some health evaluation processes through training I had done with Oldham’s Health and Wellbeing Service’.

All Jean’s hard work towards her Diploma and her skills in evidence-based learning stood her in good stead recently when she successfully applied for a post as a Health Coach with Greater Manchester Mental Health Team.

A qualified Nordic Walking instructor since February 2016, Jean’s husband, John, additionally leads Lees Health Walks within the Oldham Borough, in spite of having had a stroke in 2012 and a recent knee replacement.  Walks are offered on Tuesdays at 10:20 hours starting from Lees Library.

On Sunday 12th August an especially exciting walking fixture called ‘Reach for the Skies’ will be offered for Nordic Walkers on local Crompton Moor who will be photographed from the air on the exposed areas of the moor, (weather permitting).  Walkers are asked to wear bright colours.

Whilst at Purbeck Jean and John purchased one of the new Nordic Walking banners and placed it in front of the Bowling Pavilion, where they meet.  A picture of this may be found on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/dunwoodparknordicwalkers/

One satisfied customer’s 5-star review on their Facebook page went on to say, ‘I look forward to the second Sunday of each month and am disappointed when I have to miss it when I am away on holiday! You’re doing a great job, John and Jean, keep up the good work!’

 

NWUK membership – a bright idea

One of the newly added benefits of Nordic Walking UK membership is 10% discount off LEDlenser head torches.

Martin Christie, founder of Nordic walking in the UK, runs Exercise with Friends Nordic Walking Club in London. Here’s what he says about Ledlenser head torches:

‘One of our clients purchased a LED Lenser H7R rechargeable head torch two winters ago and within weeks more than half our regular group had followed suit, including me. Collectively, we had tried a number of brands, models and price points but found that the quality of the LED Lenser outshone all competitors. If you think it’s a car coming over Hampstead Heath at night, you’re wrong; it’s a group of Nordic walkers!’

See all the other benefits here…

Membership is only £9.95 but if you have completed the FREEDOM programme and have a unique CC code you can join for FREE for the first year (£2.50 p and p for the membership pack). You can sign up using your CC code at nordicwalking.co.uk

A magical night-time walk at RSPB Arne during Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival 2017

February Techie Corner

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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.

WHY JOIN?

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.
www.cotswoldoutdoor.com


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 winemakerswww.nakedwines.com


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.

www.hi-tec.com/uk


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!

www.uktickets.co.uk


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…
www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk


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10% off at Rohan

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


 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Exclusive member discounts

Award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines will give you a very tempting 10% membership discount* on your first sailing with them – and that’s on top of any current offers.  Existing Fred. Olsen customers can save 5%, in addition to their 5% Loyalty Club discount.

With cruise line holidays all over the world we are sure there will be the perfect holiday for you.

www.fredolsencruises.com


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!
www.headwater.com


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.
www.cottontraders.com


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.

HOW TO JOIN….

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 2016 – 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!

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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.

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

Top Tip for NWUK Instructors:  HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN IN LOW SIGNAL AREAS

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!