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Hi, I’m Rebecca and I’m an instructor for Winchester Nordic Walking. We are a friendly and welcoming group of Nordic Walkers who love exercising outdoors in the beautiful Hampshire Countryside. I took up Nordic walking as an alternative to going to the gym and have been instructing since 2020.
Nordic walking is a great way to;improve your fitness, tone your muscles, maintain mobility, and improve your posture,
Not to mention the social and mental health benefits it brings.
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Take a peek at what you might get up to on one of our Nordic walks.
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This was taken by John a few weeks ago from the top of Old Winchester Hill. We’re walking from the top of the hill again this weekend and fingers crossed the weather is looking like we could get some more views like this!
Four it seems! We climbed through field after field of sheep on a balmy autumn day as we walked from Ropley up to Kitwood, and stopped at the Garthowen Garden Centre coffee shop for an alfresco brunch!
Walking through beautiful golden fields in the Itchen valley.
Hinton Ampner did not disappoint on Friday evening’s walk! There were blankets of Bluebells in the woods, Lambs in the fields and fish and chips at the Hinton Arms after the walk!
Role: Nordic Walking instructor & Walk Leader
Rebecca discovered Nordic walking over 4 years ago and now runs the Winchester Nordic walking group. She spent several years in the travel and events industry before becoming an accredited instructor in the summer of 2020.
Role: Walk Leader
Stefan has been involved in the great outdoors for a long time, he spent 10 years as Group Scout Leader at the 11th Winchester Scouts. He has planned, led and been involved in many hikes both locally and in the Lake and Peak districts as well as Dartmoor. He holds a First Aid certificate and is also a training adviser for other leaders and adult roles in scouting.
Stefan has been Nordic walking for over 3 years since taking early retirement from a managing consultant role and is one of our accredited walk leaders. He lives in Winchester with his wife who is also a passionate Nordic walker.
Role: Walk Leader
John started Nordic walking when he retired and found a new purpose in life. He enjoys interacting and sharing with people all that is great and fun about Nordic walking. John became an accredited walk leader in the summer of 2020 and holds a First aid certificate. John has lived in Winchester his whole life and is our very own walking encyclopedia when it comes to local history.
from members of Winchester Nordic Walking
Dear Rebecca, On behalf of Carolyn and myself, I am writing to thank you for the inspiring course you led yesterday. We both thoroughly enjoyed trying out a new activity on such a lovely, bright Hampshire day. We thought the location of the venue was perfect and offered so much variety in terms of trying out our new skills. We greatly appreciated your professional approach and patience, especially when we both couldn't quite co-ordinate our legs and arms! However with determination and your encouragement, we achieved our goal and mastered, at a basic level, this new sport. We both agreed this is something we would like to continue and it really felt as if it made a difference to our posture and core strength. With grateful thanks, Penn and Carolyn
I've been with the Winchester group for several years and have really noticed the improvement in my general fitness level. They're a friendly bunch of people and always fun to be with. Getting out in the fresh air and being guided around our lovely countryside with new found friends is a great way to spend time. Even better when we stop for coffee! Its easy to book and I like the challenge of the fast paced walks some days and the slower paced walks on other days.
Varied walks in the locality and new discoveries, even after having lived in the area for many years. Always a pleasure walking, whether its sunny or tipping down with rain. Undoubtedly an excellent way of keeping fit in the 'outside gym'. A sociable group of people who know where to find the best coffee at the end of a walk!
I joined the group after moving to Hampshire from Henley on Thames where I had belonged to another Nordic walking group for the past 5 years, since retiring. I found the Winchester group very friendly and there is a good selection of walks to choose from each week. In fact travelling to the different places helped me to learn the geography of the new area much faster than I would otherwise have done. The group is very well organised, with some splendid walks of differing lengths, and coffee or lunch (optional) afterwards is often arranged which I also enjoy. All of the walk leaders are knowledgeable and helpful. I walk regularly with the group and am very pleased that I have found such a friendly and enthusiastic group with whom to continue my Nordic walking.
I joined the Winchester Nordic walking group in Feb 2020, did my training and was all fit to go when Covid hit! What can I say? I met everyone via Zoom, we did workouts and coffee mornings online, it was friendly and fun. By the time I did my first walk I was comfortable with my new friends. We tend to walk come rain or shine it's a great way to socialise and keep fit! For anyone thinking of joining, go for it you won't regret it!
The group does everything it 'says on the tin'. I've met a fascinating bunch of people - learning something new on every walk! - whilst discovering the beauty of my new surroundings. The flexibility of the walks - timings, focus and locations - fits perfectly with my other commitments especially as those have no pattern. I wholeheartedly encourage others to join.
I started Nordic walking during 2020 between lockdowns. I was a very keen solo walker and had been on a number of challenging trekking holidays. I prefer off-road, remote and preferably woodland. Lockdown prevented travel and solo everything was becoming boring! I had seen nordic walking online and it looked a bit more of a workout than straightforward walking. I signed up for Rebecca's Power of the Poles class to be able to join a group of people who enjoyed being in nature whilst exercising rather than being in a gym. I had to push myself the first few times to go along on my own and join in with a group of people I had not met. However, Rebecca, Sally and John were extremely welcoming and inclusive and the participants friendly without being intrusive. The make up of the group has changed regularly depending on who is available when, but without exception, everyone I met in the Winchester group has been good company, fun, interesting and interested.
I joined Winchester NW group because I wanted to meet new people and get fitter. The group is very friendly and I am enjoying walking with them twice a week. The walks are great value, easy to book and very well guided and I find them most enjoyable.
The Winchester Nordic walking group really helps me stay positive. John is so welcoming and always makes sure you feel included. There are a range of characters in the group and it's great to meet new people. No walk is ever the same! From a well-being perspective, I always feel better after a walk, especially if there is a pub with refreshments at the end!
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