Welcome back to Walking in Wales - we are very excited to be OPEN!
We are living in a different world than the one before Covid-19. As a result we have introduced numerous measures to keep you safe whilst taking part in Nordic Walking. These include but are not limited to; staying outdoors, hand sanitiser being available, maintaining 2m distance at all times, your instructor will open any gates and hold them open for you, payment is taken electronically, poles are cleaned/hand straps washed after each use.
We are lucky that the sessions are run outside, and that the poles are approximately 1m long - so if you touch tips with another person you know you are 2m apart!
We are also ensuring that all Government Guidelines are followed to ensure that your experience does not put you at risk.
We do ask that if you are suffering from any symptoms of Covid-19, or are isolating, that you contact us to cancel your session.
You don't need any expensive kit - just something comfortable and warm to walk in. We recommend bringing extra layers as the temperature can change and you can get warm walking/cool down quickly. Appropriate footwear is a must! You will not be able to take part in the walk without this. We recommend light, breathable walking shoes that are waterproof (please don't wear sandals, flip flops or walking sandals as these are a risk when walking with spiked poles). Flexibility is important as the Nordic Walking technique encourages actively rolling the feet.
The weather conditions in Snowdonia can change very quickly so we advise packing:
water, sunglasses, sun cream, waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, extra layers and spare shoes to change into in case we get muddy!
You are welcome to leave any belongings at the farmhouse/in your car while we are out so you will not need to carry anything unnecessary.
We walk irrespective* of the weather so come prepared! We will email you a kit list before your session so please check the weather forecast and bring plenty of layers and spare clothes to change in to after the walk if the weather is bad.
*If there is a weather warning in place and it is not safe to walk we will offer you alternative dates or offer a full refund.
Nordic Walking is suitable for everyone but you need a basic level of fitness and mobility as we will sometimes walk uphill and the route can involve crossing stiles. Nordic Walking is great for improving fitness. You will be asked to complete a PARQ (physical activity readiness questionnaire) prior to your experience. If you have an existing medical condition or are recovering from an injury we advise you to check with your doctor before booking an activity.
Both sessions we run are suitable for complete beginners - so it depends on your budget and/or the time you have available. The taster session focuses solely on making you a Nordic Walker! The NW experience incorporates a walk with stunning views as well as ongoing tuition so if you have the time and inclination to see more of Snowdonia this option is for you!
Poles are provided as part of the experience. If you have your own poles you are welcome to use them but remember Nordic Walking poles are different from normal hiking poles and use a wrist strap. Please check with us if you're not sure.
Unfortunately because we pass through fields with sheep and cows grazing, the walk is unsuitable for dogs - even those on the lead. You will also be holding two Nordic Walking poles which would make it hard to hold a lead firmly.
Your instructor will adapt the route to suit the group. We aim to get you to feel exertion and get the heart pumping but you will not be left behind. Nordic Walking is a very sociable and friendly activity and we hope you will be having so much fun you will not notice the effort your body is making!
We have no upper age limit but are currently limited to over 18's only due to insurance and health and safety.