Adventures of a Nordic Walker – The Camino De Santiago

As someone already with a love of walking you may have already been aware of and caught BBC2’s recent programme “Pilgrimage – The Road to Santiago”. If not, don’t despair it can still be caught on BBC iplayer and it’s worth a watch as it may inspire you to give it a go. The show follows celebrities such as Neil Morrisey, Debbie McGee and Heather Small as they attempt parts of the 500-mile pilgrimage from St Jean Pied De Port in France to Santiago in Northern Spain.

BBC2 Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago

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Regular Nordic walker Julie has walked parts of the Camino and is going back to finish it this year – we asked her about her thoughts on the show and what it’s really like. Continue reading

Multi Functional Pole – Fusion

It is well known that you can use a Nordic Walking pole for Trekking, but NOT the other way round.  The reason is simple – you need the specific hand strap to perform the technique correctly and Trekking poles do not come with this.  However, The ‘clever chaps’ at Gabel have come up with a great solution which comes with attachments for both – the Fusion. Continue reading

New Gabel Poles

Gabel have been busy……… with many subtle changes to the 2012 line up which are making them the affordable alternative more established brands such as Leki.  Now in their 3rd year in the UK, Gabel have been listening to our customers and Instructors and have made some great changes, were sure you will like….. Continue reading

The Smartest tip in Town

Exciting news – the brand new 2012 Leki poles have arrived and feature a very clever new Paw system called the ‘Smart Tip’.  No longer the need to take your paws on and off you poles on different terrains, or losing them to the nearest drain or muddy patch, they simply click up to reveal the carbide tip, or down for the paw. Continue reading

Equipment Handouts for you to use

The retail team have now produced some equipment handouts for instructors to give out to your customers that will give them some ideas on what equipment they can buy through you.  These include essentials such as backpacks, head torches, and discounted Nordic Walking Starter Packs. These handouts are available to download from the NWUK Instructor area – Click here to view.

Maintaining your Nordic Walking Poles

We know its really muddy out there and your poles have been subjected to wet weather, snow and road salt recently – here are our tips for giving your poles a little TLC to make sure they keep working perfectly.

To make sure your poles don’t let you down you should:

  • Always clean your poles after use
  • Remove the paws after each walk so they do not get stuck on too tight
  • Loosen your height adjustment regularly rather than keep it tightly at the selected height
  • Not over tighten your adjustment mechanism
  • Store your poles in a dry environment

If you are having trouble with tightening or adjusting your poles our team of experts are on hand to show you how – see videos and explanations below.

Pole adjustment does not tighten up

This is a common problem on brand new poles and is very quick to fix.  Simply watch this video for a full explanation. Pole Tightening Fix Video

The poles are adjusted by tightening an expandable plug to grip inside the pole, which can spin around and not tighten.  By gripping the blue plastic plug in the adjustment collar, this can begin to tighten the adjustment when back in the pole.




Pole Adjustment does not loosen

It is possible to ‘over tighten’ the adjustment mechanism, making it stick.  Also, if the poles have been stored dirty and wet from walks, moisture and dirt can creep up inside the adjustment making damaging the mechanism.  Try heating the outer section of the pole with hot water (be careful) and then with a tight grip and a bit of muscle, unscrew the mechanism.  Sometimes lubricating the join with washing up liquid can also help.

Poles are bent

Sometimes, aluminium poles are bent when you accidentally trip over them or catch them in a hole or drain.  Cheaper models can also bend when excessive force is put through them when used to support your full body weight for example.  However, the most common reason by far is in the storage of the poles – when they are bundled in the back of the car and your shopping piled on top!

Both Carbon and Aluminium poles are very strong but a padded bag can really help protect them in transit.  The Leki 2 pole bag can fit your poles and accessories and will really help keep everything protected.  You should also collapse your adjustable poles to their minimum setting when storing them.


If you have any other questions the Retail team at Nordic Walking UK can help – call them on low cost number 0333 1234 540 at any time.

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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