Peaks & Dales – Nordic Walking in Derbyshire


Masson Mills, part of the Derwent Valley Heritage Trails.

Nordic Walking UK Instructors Sam Armstrong, Nicky Parsons and Heather Watson all offer varied programmes across the stunning county of Derbyshire and also work together to ensure their groups get to fully enjoy the variety on offer.

Sam has been an Instructor for over 5 years and has an established group, she says

” I have covered an awful lot of routes so choosing a favourite walk for this area is quite an ordeal as the area offers so much. I can literally walk from my house or take a short drive in the car to a stunning location – mainly in the ‘White peaks’ which is closest to me. In the week we tend to walk regular routes around  the stunning Kedleston Hall , Ashbourne  and  Allestree Park  but at the weekend we offer longer walks  always including a fabulous feast at the end of it!”

Nicky travels around the world coaching cross country skiers and leading ski tours and expeditions but when she’s in the UK she is a Tutor for NWUK and leads inspirational sessions including a local Heart group. She links up with Sam and Heather, a local Physiotherapist who specialises in Occupational health as well as running activity programmes across the County.

Together they love Derbyshire with a passion and would love to share these favourite walks with you:-


A lovely walk down quiet Hall Dale, with superb  views of the River Dove before crossing the river from Staffordshire into  Derbyshire and walking along the dale to picturesque Milldale. Find more info here and dont forget to call into the George which is one of the best pubs in the area.


An easy walk through pleasant countryside with excellent views over Carsington Water one of Derbyshire’s most popular tourist attractions now. The walk along the dam wall affords good views over the reservoir, often busy with sailing craft, particularly at weekends and during  the summer. For more info on the walk see here . The girls can recommend a bite to eat or a  drink at The Red Lion Hognaston 


This is a lovely relaxing walk through Osmaston Park woodlands to the pretty village of Shirley Osmaston – click here for details . Osmaston village is full of thatched cottages, resembling a chocolate box image! In the park there is an old water mill which resembles a Swiss style chalet and if you park at Shirley instead of Osmaston you can also visit The Saracens Head

And finally, you can’t visit Derbyshire without taking in the Chatsworth Estate – this walk is simply not to be missed according to the Girls. Providing magnificent views over Chatsworth Park going through Beeley, Calton Houses and Edensor. Its worth starting out early so you have the time to take in a vist to the stunning Chatsworth house (known as The Palace of the Peak) too. If you still have time for food, there is one final pub on the favourites list!! –  “We love this one because it has home cooked food and and a small shop where you can buy local bread and produce”  The Old Smithy Beeley

It’s clear that the Girls and their groups view Nordic Walking as a lifestyle rather than simply a way to get fit and they make the most of all their stunning County has on offer. Sam sums it up with “I love my  county, every walk always impresses. In rain, sun, snow, frost and wind we will be there!

Find out more about Sam here

Find out more about Nicky here

Find out more about Heather here

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889 miles and still Nordic Walking!

Back in deepest darkest February, we set a challange to our instructors, groups and members to see just how many miles they actually Nordic Walked.Using an amazing FREE mobile phone APP we challenged them to see how many miles they could clock up before the start of the London 2012 Olympics.  We were astonished with the results!… Continue reading

Nordic walking Autumn breaks

The stunning Dorset coastline

As the excitement of the Olympics dies away and the end of summer holidays draws ever closer, don’t despair because that means we are heading into the most glorious nordic walking season!

AUTUMN is perfect for nordic walking and NOW is the time to book a relaxing nordic walking break – read on for a suggestion of where to go this year inspired by seeing stunning Weymouth on the TV as it hosted the sailing events.


This stunning county has NO motorways, NO Cities and miles and miles of stunning world heritage coastline, famous for it’s fossils.Inland, the rolling hills are glorious at any time of year but in the Autumn they are breathtaking.

One of the best areas for walking is on the ISLE OF PURBECK which is often missed by holiday makers heading for the traditional seaside resorts further along the coast. Not technically an island but bordered by wonderful coastline on three sides and a river on the fourth it feels like another world! Easy to get to, yet tranquil with areas of outstanding natural beauty around every corner this area of DORSET is blessed with footpaths that cry out for nordic walkers. From the South west coastal path to the Purbeck way and Wareham forest walks the sceneray incoropates everything from sweeping sand to rugged heathland. Here are two of our favourite walks plus information about NORDIC WALKING breaks in the area.


This route is 5.5 miles and you can either pop back to the delightful Corfe Castle on the steam railway or take a number of other routes back if you want to make a day of it! The route heads out of the Village and up on the downs where you can take in views of Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck in it’s full glory.

For full info on the walk click here


This stunning walk takes you along the South West coastal path and provides breathtaking views of the Isle of Portland where the sailing events took place. For more information visit the walk 4 life website


If you fancy learning to Nordic Walk whilst away on a weekend break either in Dorset or elsewhere, remember that our holiday pages are packed with information about specific breaks and our Instructors based in tourist areas are often more than happy to provide tuition if booked in advance click here 

Here is one ideal break we found for you if this article has inspired you to visit the Isle of Purbeck.

Hillview Cottage Corfe Castle


This little cottage in Corfe Castle is owned by an NWUK Instructor so you have the choice to simply book your break and make use of the maps and local knowledge provided OR you can book a ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ break and gain your NWUK competence card. The Cottage sleeps 4 and is nestled close the castle with views of the surrounding downs – for more info click here


Play your part in GAMES4LIFE campaign

You may have already seen the TV ads that signal the start of the latest Government campaign aimed at getting people to live more healthily.With the most exciting summer of sport fast-approaching, Change4Life is calling upon the nation to get inspired and get active with the launch of Games4Life. Continue reading

Endomondo – Join our 2012 Nordic Walking challenge

Here at Nordic Walking UK, we are always looking for the latest gadgets and gizmo’s that will make your Nordic Walking experience as enjoyable and fun as possible.  As some of our team members and instructors are always Nordic Walking for fitness, it got us looking for a Smart Phone app that could record our routes and workouts.  Here’s our favourite:

Endomondo is a FREE app, avaliable on iphone, Blackberry and Android phones. is the place where you automatically track all your sports data and monitor your performance over time. At you meet like-minded friends, get inspired by them, challenge them and follow their activities… live! Nordic Walking UK challenges you to join our regular challenges, as an individual or through your Nordic Walking UK Instructor group.
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