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Let your boots to the Nordic walking

Nordic walking, the latest outdoor exercise craze sweeping Europe, is now heading for Kirkharle Courtyard.

Originally from Finland, where it’s used as summer training for cross-country skiing, Nordic walking is an energetic way of walking using two poles.

Proponents claim it uses up to 90 per cent of the body’s muscles and burns more calories than running or swimming. It’s even been adopted by some European health services.

Launched in the UK 18 months ago, Nordic Walking UK expects 30,000 of us to be striding across the countryside by next year.

On Sunday, April 8th, people will be able to see what all the fuss is about.

Shepherds Walks – the award winning resource for walking guides for Northumberland, Cumbria and The Scottish Borders – has teamed up with another local business, Nordic Walkrite, to offer Nordic Walking taster sessions at Kirkharle courtyard.

A Spokesman for Nordic Walkrite said: “This is a great opportunityto let a wide audience experience Nordic Walking.“

After booking themselves on a workshop, people can attend a 45 minute training session and if they want to learn more we are offering a slightly more advanced course later on in the same day.”

For More information call Shepherds Walks, on (01830) 540453 or visit