FESTIVAL FEVER

Purbeck in Dorset is the home of the aptly named Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival, a NWUK event which attracted over 700 pole walkers from a host of Nations in 2017.

This iconic event is now entering its third year and is about to GROW! This year, the festival goers enjoyed a choice of 120 walks, workshops, keynote presentations and a lot of fun. There was also a Marathon and 16 mile challenge event which included the new sport of speed hiking (a mix of running and walking with poles)

The unique themed walks included campfire suppers on an RSPB reserve, Literary walks, Geographical and Historical walks plus fun workout walks along rugged coastal paths.

Our festival team have listened to the feedback and suggestions from those who attended and and are now busy planning an even more fantastic event for 2018! Festival 3 will include a lot more social activity (including a range of Friday night ‘supper’ walks in amazing locations and a music event on the Saturday in an iconic setting.

We are busy training Festival Hosts and Leaders and would welcome applications from anyone who wants to be involved. E mail Emma@nordicwalking.co.uk if you can help in any way.

More information will soon be available on our NEW Festival website (launching soon) and we will open registrations for booking by the end of December.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS….

The Festival is booked by the day and there are 1, 2 and 3-day packages to choose from. When you initially register, all you need to do is select your preferred days in order to secure your place. It is possible to change those days and there is no need to do anything else until the full schedule is released in June. At this point, we will enable those who have registered the opportunity to choose which walks and workshops they would like to do, in order of the date they registered. We will also be simplifying group bookings in 2018 so make sure you let us know if you are coming with others.

Most of the walks and workshops are repeated to make them available on ALL 3 DAYS although the Marathon and 16 mile events are on the SATURDAY only and some specialist sessions may depend on the availability of an expert! A Day ticket will mean you can enjoy a choice of circa 30 activities from Dawn to Dusk and gain access to the HUB and social events. You even get a T shirt and Goodie bag!

All you need to do now is be ready to choose your dates as soon as we send the invitation out. It might also be an idea to book some accommodation –  we will have lots of ideas for you but the best locations are Wareham, Swanage and Corfe Castle – click here for some ideas. Bear with us as we build the new interactive Festival website which will make booking and changing walks really easy. In the meantime… the 2017 website is still live so you can see the type of things we have planned for 2018 plus a whole lot more! See 2017 website here

Can’t make it to Dorset or for that weekend in September?

INTRODUCING our FIRST ‘RUSTICK’ MINI FESTIVAL in DERBYSHIRE!!!

Come and join the HQ Team and the local Instructors for two days of walks, workshops and fun in the wonderful setting of TISSINGTON!

Come for the day or make a weekend of it – more info to follow but save the date

4th and 5th May 2018! 

 

 

 

It’s a small (Nordic walking) world

Anthony leading a walk at the Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival 2017

Nordic walk leader Anthony Prior and his wife, Carol, live in Hertfordshire but have a holiday home in Swanage near NWUK HQ. They use their FREEDOM passports to browse and book walks in both areas and this led to Anthony becoming a leader in both areas too. Now also a key member of the Purbeck Festival Team, Anthony wasn’t always a healthy active individual and his story includes a surprising coincidence!

Although he is now an enthusiast for the health and fitness benefits of Nordic walking, Anthony suffered two heart attacks in 1999. He made a full recovery after joining a cardiac rehabilitation programme at his local hospital in Hertfordshire and he believes he is now fitter than ever.

Anthony in his stride

‘We love to get down to Swanage when we can and Nordic walking has been a good introduction to this lovely area,’ says Anthony who was soon persuaded by the HQ team to plan and lead some of the festival routes – see him below with his 4 leaders route packs!

‘I found I had more local knowledge than I thought,’ Anthony recalls. ‘It was good to share it with the Nordic walkers at the Festival.’

It was quite a surprise when out on one of the group recce routes last Summer that Anthony recognised one of the other walkers. It was his former rehab therapist from the Cardiac rehab scheme who is now a NWUK Instructor. Shirley Cannon has relocated to the Swanage area and regularly leads walks with Purbeck Nordic Walking but she previously worked for ten years in cardiac rehabilitation creating bespoke exercise programmes for a range of patients, including Anthony!

Festival Walk Leaders Anthony, his wife Carol, and Sally Challis with their Walk Leader packs

Now both are busy planning more exciting activities for the 2018 Festival and spreading the word about Nordic walking which Anthony enjoys because it is FUN! ‘I think it is great and would much rather go Nordic walking than go to the gym, which I find boring by comparison,’ he concludes.