Nordic Walking is on the march as popularity soars across MK

Nordic Walking has strolled into MK from Finland and is taking the city by storm, offering a fun way to get fit and enjoy the local countryside at the same time. Celebrate:MK editor Jon Boyle met up with MK Nordic Walking instructor Emma Wrighton in Campbell Park to give it a go…

As I arrived for my taster session with MK Nordic Walking, I was planning on enjoying a nice walk in the countryside before heading to the gym straight afterwards.

But 45 minutes later and with almost every muscle in my body aching, my workout for the day was already done.

I was initially warmly greeted in the car park by MK Nordic Walking instructor Emma Wrighton, who showed me how to put on the hand straps and attach them to the walking poles.

Emma demonstrated how to use the poles in an alternating manner to drive myself forward with every step, as we set off to take in the beautiful scenery of Campbell Park.

I got used to the technique within about 10 minutes so the rest of the walk became a pleasure as Emma filled me in on the history of Nordic Walking – which originated in Finland in the 1930s as a summer fitness routine for cross country skiers – and its fast-growing popularity in MK.

I soon noticed that I was getting hot, sweaty and out of breath, while my biceps and triceps began to ache too like I was lifting weights.

I told Emma how shocked I was at the amazing workout the walk was giving me – it really feels like a whole body workout.

Emma said they offer more gentle walks for those who want a slower pace too. As our lovely walk drew to a close and we said our goodbyes, it felt great that I had completed my workout for the day while sunning myself in the countryside.

My MK Nordic Walking experience was probably the most enjoyable workout of my life and, with other routes at Caldecotte Lake, Willen Lake, Woughton-on-the-Green, Linford Wood and more, it certainly won’t be my last.

MK Nordic Walking offers a 45-minute taster session for £5, and a Learn To Nordic Walk course for £28. Regular walks are £6 per person and they operate 6 days a week in various locations around MK. For more information and an up-to-date timetable visit, call 07768 114724 or email

This column was published in the July 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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