NWUK FREEDOM card is launched!


The Nordic Walking UK FREEDOM card

The Nordic Walking UK Freedom card was launched in Spring 2013. This card is issued by NWUK delivery partner Instructors who have completed additional training to be able to deliver our bespoke programmes.

The NWUK ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ programme consists of a simple teaching method developed by our experts which empowers the Nordic Walker to understand how to match the technique to their own personal goals.Taught over 4 sessions, it ensures that every person who completes the course can Nordic Walk at an intensity that is safe for them and is guranteed to get them the results they want.

Back of the NWUK FREEDOM card

At this point, the Instructor issues the FREEDOM card which provides benefits to the card holder (see below) and enables Nordic Walk leaders to be safe in the knowledge that the holder has been taught correctly. The inclusion of the FREE Safety 24 scheme (see below) also protects leaders from the need to carry detailed medical and next of kin information out on walks. FREEDOM cards are accepted by delivery partner Instructors and projects across the UK which opens up access to a vast number of walks for card holders.

Registration of the FREEDOM card also provides the holder with the option of adding their medical history and next of kin onto the secure SAFETY 24 system which is a unique service that provides the Emergency services with all this information in the event of an accident. Safety 24 also liaise with the next of kin and manage the situation for the card holder. Carrying a FREEDOM card will provide this protection day and night whether Nordic Walking or not and this service is usually £7.50.

Other benefits include a £5 gift voucher to be redeemed against Nordic Walking poles or equipment plus other discounts including:-

20% off Warners activity breaks – some even include Nordic Walking!

20% off ski -ing at SNOZONE indoor ski centres – Milton Keynes and Castleford


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Watch this space for lots of other exciting opportunities that will be coming on board very soon.

Instructors and projects that use the FREEDOM card system can be found on our search page and they will have an icon to show they offer the programmes and the cards.

Holders of the old style competence card can upgrade by calling their Instructors or Nordic Walking UK HQ on 0333 1234 540

Paws For Thought

Nordic Walking poles have rubber ‘paws’ which cover the carbide tips for use on hard surfaces like pavements. In principle it’s recommended that you remove these when walking on softer ground as you get more traction from the tips whilst it’s always advisable to pop them back on when on tarmac etc. The paws are angled backwards in order to provide grip on harder surfaces but technique does play an important part in mastering how to avoid them slipping, especially if the surface is greasy from wet leaves. If you find it hard to get your paws to grip you may need to chat to your Instructor as there could be a number of reasons for this.
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The power of the pole

How can we check that we are getting the most from our poles?

Nordic Walking is known for being a really sociable way to exercise, this is great for motivation but can actually affect the results that people get from the activity as time goes on. It’s easy to fall into the trap of Nordic walking without actually gaining maximum benefit from the poles because technique has slipped as we enjoy a good chin wag with the rest of the group!
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Welcome to our blog!

At Nordic Walking UK, We’ve got so much content we’d like to share so thought we’d set up a blog to showcase all this information.

From Nordic Walking Tips and Tricks, to the latest routes and gear reviews. It’ll all be here.

Whilst we get started on uploading the content, we’d love to hear from you about what content would really be beneficial to you on here, so please leave a comment below!

Thanks, The Nordic Walking UK team