About Us

This community was started in May 2014 when Sylvia May, after 6 years of Nordic Walking walking solo, decided to gather a group of like minded people who enjoyed walking in the beautiful surrounding areas but wanted to get fitter at the same time.

We now provide Nordic Walking based experiences all across the Chichester area. What is it all about ? Come and join us for a “taster” and find out – if you like it then graduate via the “learn to” classes, obtain your passport and enjoy the many walks/activities around Chichester and if you want to venture further across other groups UK wide.

We have fully certified instructors & walk leaders offering a variety of weekday, evening and weekend activities to suit all abilities from adventure walks to work outs – if you don’t believe it just take a look at the gallery or better still simply compete the contact details here on the website.

Sylvia May

I was given a gift of a Nordic Walking lesson a few years ago for my 50th birthday.

I just loved it ….every aspect of it …being outdoors in beautiful places , learning a skill, getting fitter and the fact that it was so much fun !

That was the beginning of a fabulous journey which resulted in me starting Chichester Nordic Walking and what a privilege it continues to be. I love teaching and walking alongside other people from all walks of life with the same aim and joy of being outdoors, using the Nordic Walking techniques which truly are the best way to get fitter, tone up and support you whilst doing so.

The social part has taken us all by surprise…we love being part of a group that laughs, enjoys coffee or the occasional wine whilst looking out for each other.

A real sense of community, which continues to grow both in terms of leadership and members.

Tracey Flitcroft

I have always walked my dogs but had no one to talk to while tramping round the countryside. I discovered Nordic Walking through a chance conversation with Sylvia and went along for a learn to, then some lessons, then walks. In fact I love it so much I first trained as a walk leader.  After completing the Chichester Half Marathon in 2015 I was so enthused I became a Nordic Walking Instructor. Now I can walk and talk to lots of people, I’m in my element.

What I love about Nordic Walking is the ability to get outside and get fit. Chichester Nordic Walking group is so friendly I’ve met some lovely people and made some good friends. We’ve had a few weekends away Nordic Walking of course down in Swanage and the Lake District. I also really enjoy the social side of coffee after a walk.

Like many of us I have niggles and injuries over the years, aching knees and a bad back to name a few but Nordic Walking is a good way to remain mobile, and a great way to get fit,  the poles make all the difference. I love leading all the types of walks especially for those who might be want to return to fitness, and speedier walks for those who want a more cardio experience.

I would say come and give Nordic Walking a try.

Liz Kent

Having taken early retirement from the law I decided I needed to get involved with something different and after learning to Nordic Walk in early 2014 I haven’t looked back.  I so enjoyed it that within a matter of months I decided to train to become a Walk Leader. This has brought new opportunities for me to share my love of Nordic Walking with others and I now lead regular weekday walks which have proved very popular. I love the outdoor activity and exploring the wonderful walks we have locally and the social interaction it provides, especially the coffee afterwards – a very important aspect of the activity!

Carl Larkin

Having something of a mid-life crisis as a mid 50’s IT professional I wanted to challenge my lifestyle by getting away from the office, regain my fitness and establish a group of friends outside of the work environment.

A life changing moment took place 3 years ago while running in the Chichester Half Marathon – I was overtaken by a number of people (of my age group … and older) smoothly and apparently effortlessly walking past me with the aid of some pole things (while having a conversations amongst themselves!)

Researching further I discovered these super beings to be Nordic Walkers and after just 2 training sessions I was totally hooked. The following year I smashed 15 minutes off my 1/2 marathon personal best.

After becoming empty-nesters I persuaded my beautiful wife Jane to give NW a go. Reluctant at first and not really into exercise and she now absolutely loves it (as much for the conversations with the new friends we have established on walks as the health benefits).

I want to encourage and pass on the fantastic experience NW brings to others in similar situations so much so that I am now a fully qualified instructor.

Vanessa Hamer

I discovered Nordic Walking via an internet search for an activity which could help me get back to fitness after having had an operation.  Following my “learn-to” sessions and signing up for a couple of walks I became addicted due to the fact I soon felt my fitness improving and also met so many friendly fellow walkers along the way.  Sylvia then suggested training to become a Walk Leader which took some persuading as I have never been particularly comfortable with “being in charge” but the group is so friendly and inclusive that I thought “why not” and have never looked back.  I now lead midweek walks which can vary in size depending on a number of factors such as time of year, weather and day  – however,  we always catch up over a coffee afterwards and I arrive home smiling and feeling energised.  Can’t recommend Nordic Walking highly enough !

Claire Pearce

I started Nordic walking in 2016 as an additional sport to my running and to just learn something new. I enjoyed it so much I became a walk leader for Chichester Nordic Walking. I love absolutely everything about being outdoors and enjoy walking.


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