Milton Keynes Nordic Walking

Emma Wrighton

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We are a friendly group of instructors & walk leaders who love to share our passion for Nordic Walking and helping people to achieve their goals.

MK Nordic Walking offers a comprehensive programme of group walks and technique courses in the Milton Keynes and Woburn areas. We have a variety of walks to suit ALL levels of fitness and ability and we walk all year round, come rain or shine.

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Programmes Delivered
  • NWUK Delivery Partner
  • Ultimate Nordic Circuits
  • Nordic Weight Loss
  • Nordic Wellbeing
  • Ultimate Nordic Ski Fit

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Tips on staying Cool as temperatures rise out there


It’s getting hot out there! Don’t let hotter weather (either here or abroad, if you manage to go) get in the way of your walking! Milton Keynes walkers obviously know all the tricks – cool tech t shirts (FREE to our monthly members or available to purchase) and a nice woodland walk! Here are our […]

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Challenge yourself


The Jurassic Ultra Challenge, 14th May, 2022 A few of the ‘Purple team’ decided to take on some extra miles of the Jurassic coast and no excuse needed for a weekend at the seaside! Superbly organised by ULTRA CHALLENGE, there are various distances available, 10km, 25km, 34km, 42km, 50km or even 100km for the truly […]

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The Benefits of Nordic Walking


Nordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides benefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit. Whatever age, fitness level or goal, – Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable. Physical Benefits Tones the upper and lower body at the same time Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles Burns up to […]

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The Purbeck Walx Walking Festival, 2022


The Purbeck WALX festival team are busy planning new walks and workshops for 2022 but you can rest assured that all of the most popular iconic favourites will be back and where possible made available on each of the 3 days to give everybody a chance to experience the best HATTIE BROWNS BREWERY TOUR WALK […]

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Meet the Team

Emma Wrighton

Role: Instructor

Emma has an art and design background, originally training as a textile designer. Having worked in the greeting card industry for over 20 years, Emma’s long standing passion for the outdoors has finally tempted her away from her desk and out into the countryside.

An enthusiastic ‘holiday walker’, around the stunning landscape of the South West, Emma was introduced to Nordic Walking several years ago by her inspirational personal trainer, Karen Lem of local WALX Ridgeway.

Emma soon realised the importance and substantial health benefits that Nordic Walking can offer to all ages and abilities. Training, initially as a walk leader, before progressing to instructor, Emma’s aim is to motivate and encourage everyone to live a happy, healthy and active life, recognising the importance of green space interaction in our daily lives.

Wanting to share this enthusiasm, Emma’s walks are designed to challenge and inspire the body and mind and always with a SMILE!

Karen Lem

Role: Instructor

After 20 years in co-orporate business Karen decided to follow her passion – Fitness and Wellbeing.

Since 2006 Karen has become an accomplished Personal trainer, Pilates instructor, Nordic Walking Instructor as well as WALX Master, aiming to inspire and motivate anyone wanting to feel good about themselves, their health and their body. Karen has an enthusiastic and infectious approach suitable for all age groups and all goals. Her real passion is to be outdoors, so Nordic Walking is an essential part of both her business and personal stay healthy regime.
Karen also delivers our ONLINE Pilates and Stretch classes via Zoom.

Mel Davis

Role: Instructor

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Nordic Walking because it is so me.  It combines my passion for the beautiful English countryside and need for fresh air with my enthusiasm for exercise and fitness.  It not only gives me a fantastic all over body workout but is great for my soul and mental well-being too.

I can honestly say Nordic Walking has transformed my life since I retired from nursing.  It has given me a sense of purpose and a fabulous new hobby.  Who would have thought that in my 60th year, I would train to become a Nordic Walking Instructor but I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to enable others to learn the technique and take up this amazing activity.

Most important of all, Nordic Walking has introduced me to a bunch of like-minded people and I have made some fabulous new friends.  I love to hear everyone chatting whilst enjoying the surrounding scenery in the constantly changing seasons.  I also enjoy a challenge (I climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago) and love taking part in challenge events with the supportive bunch of people that are Nordic Walkers.

Ursula Ghaleb

Role: Walk Leader

I was a keen and regular runner for the last 15 years. In January 2018 my running career came to a sudden halt due to osteoarthritis in my hip and I felt totally lost no longer being actively involved in any outdoor activities.

After some searching on the internet I came across Milton Keynes Nordic Walking. I completed my ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course in October 2018 and have not looked back since! I am passionate about Nordic Walking as it has given me a new lease of life and am so happy that I am able to do workouts without pain, knowing that I do not damage my hip any further.

When Emma asked if I would consider becoming a ‘Walk Leader’ I had to say YES! We can now add extra walks to our MK schedules and introduce more people to Nordic Walking in Milton Keynes.

Not only has Nordic Walking given me opportunities to discover the beautiful surroundings of Milton Keynes and beyond, but I have also met fantastic, like-minded people who appreciate the countryside and love being outside while getting and keeping fit.


from members of Milton Keynes Nordic Walking

The Power of Poles!

Absolutely BRILLIANT Fun! Looking forward to joining many more walks. Thanks to our welcoming & friendly Instructor, Emma


Welcomed into the group with open arms

3 years ago I learnt to Nordic Walk with MK Nordic Walking, it's the most wonderful experience I've had. Being in my late 70's I was uncertain about joining as most of the photos were of ladies 15-20yrs my junior, but I was welcomed into the group with open arms and have enjoyed the walking experience. There are no barriers that cannot be overcome with this wonderful group of 'Purple People'. *Emma - Happy to say, we have many more chaps walking with us now Tony!


A Workout in a Walk!

Started Nordic Walking 6 years ago as I loved walking and was looking for something to add to my gym routine to improve fitness. Dropped 2 dress sizes! and now dropped the gym too. You really can't beat fresh air exercise with a wonderful, fun, encouraging and inspiring group of like minded walkers. MK Nordic Walking has walk levels to suit ALL abilities and everyone is soo friendly and welcoming. As my fitness levels have improved I'm now pushing my Walking Workout further participating in distance challenges as well as raising money for charities - Can't recommend MK Nordic Walking enough!


Nordic Walking is for everyone

Inclusivity, Nordic Walking is for everyone, whatever your age or fitness. Being outdoors with a great group of people makes it fun...AND we're getting fit! The best move I ever made was joining the 'Purple People'.


Good times...

Great venues, fun group, always talking - Good Times. The Nordic Walking isn't too shabby either! (I think that's a complement, ha ha, Emma)


A workout for the mind, body and soul

A wonderful group of people, very welcoming and always with a good 'Nordic Natter' along the way. Terrific way to meet new people and a GREAT way to improve your fitness!


Who knew that exercise could be such FUN!

The 'Purple People' are an amazing, inclusive group. Being at one with nature certainly raises my spirits, even in the worst of the weather, with the occasional coffee and cake being an added bonus! Nordic Walking is the perfect package!


A friendly, inclusive group...

MK Nordic Walking is just such a friendly, inclusive group. I've never stuck at any form of exercise, ever, but here I am 2 years later, and still absolutely loving it! There really is something for everyone, whatever your fitness level.


Exercise in the fresh air!

Nordic Walking is fun because of the lovely people you walk with. It helps your fitness because of the overall exercise, it makes you feel good because you are outside in the fresh air (whatever the weather) - what's not to like?


Adventure walks at 74yrs!

I was 70yrs when I started Nordic Walking and loved it! Now 74yrs, nearly 75yrs, back to Adventure walks at Howe Park Wood after a bit of a break with a painful shoulder, soo glad to be back for fun, laughter and exercise. You can join at any level, work your way up from Gentle, Wellbeing walks, there is a walk for everyone. Looking forward to my next walk at the weekend.


Wonderful people and beautiful countryside!

Nordic Walking for me is a whole body workout, with wonderful people in beautiful countryside. We chat and laugh and take opportunities to enjoy a cuppa and cake together. There are walks for EVERY level. Love our walkers and walk leaders.


Best thing about our group is the people (and the walks!)

An amazing variety of people on our walks. Whatever your age, interests, male or female, everyone is very welcoming. We are maybe not what you might think of as a typical walking group, we are very lighthearted and fun and always have a good laugh. Our walk leader is fab and fun and does lots of different walks catering for ALL.