Hi I’m Susan Spain. My Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking group explores the wonderful outdoor green and urban spaces we have in the Salford, Chorlton & Didsbury, Bolton and wider Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire areas. My goal is to make Nordic Walking effective, fun and sociable outdoor exercise so that you feel good about yourself at the end of every session and feel welcome in our friendly inclusive group of walkers. Give me a ring to chat things through and find the best session for you.
There are Free Taster sessions (to see if Nordic Walking is for you) and Learn to Nordic Walk Induction courses leading to your Nordic Walking UK Freedom Passport (either 4 session or intensive 2 session Fast Tracks) running throughout the year which cost £30 for the course. Choose from venues including :
SALFORD at lovely Clifton Country Park – Run on Saturdays.
DIDSBURY/CHORLTON at Chorlton Water Park on Mondays & by request at The Britannia Country House Hotel and Spa (Palatine Road, Didsbury) on Fridays.
If you would prefer you can choose private lessons which cost £30 per hour. Contact me to arrange a time and location.
If you’ve got your NWUK Freedom Passport but not Nordic walked for a while why not contact me for a one off Technique Refresher lesson before joining our regular walks OR if you have learnt with an instructor who is not NWUK trained then ask me about a one off Conversion lesson so that you can obtain your NWUK Freedom Passport.
Once you’ve got your NWUK Freedom Passport you can come on our sociable Adventure walks which run on several days each week. Just check the walk details to find out which distance and pace of walk suits you best. All are easily reached from the M60 corridor. Where possible walks will start or finish with a social visit to a cafe for a drink and a chat. Nearly every month there is also the Sunday Special which is a longer more strenuous Nordic Walk which goes further afield.
To build your fitness even further there are faster paced Workout Walks with strength and conditioning exercises built into the session.
Nordic Walking really is the perfect activity for almost everyone, both those already active and those returning to exercise. It achieves great results but in a fun inclusive way. All you need are flat supportive walking boots, shoes or trainers with a good tread that you don’t mind getting muddy or dirty. Then add clothing that is comfortable to walk in and appropriate for our great North West weather and you’re ready to go. Nordic Walking Poles will be provided whilst you’re learning.
If you’ve any queries or concerns just give me a ring or email first of all.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and try something new and hopefully you’ll be hooked… just like me.
Susan Spain – Owner and Nordic Walking Instructor
I love being outside in the fresh air so find Nordic Walking the perfect way to effectively exercise, socialise and relax. It’s the perfect, every changing outdoor gym as you’re always on the move! As a trained classical dancer and musician, a keen Salsa dancer plus having played badminton and tennis for many years I enjoy the camaraderie and social life that comes with group activities. It’s the only form of exercise that I’ve done that has effectively toned, strengthened and relaxed my whole body AND mind. And it doesn’t need to hurt whilst you do it!
I stumbled on Nordic Walking by chance. In early 2016 I was ready for a major change both career and lifestyle wise. Focussing on my health and well-being for once, I discovered Nordic Walking through a friend who’d seen an article in the Guardian and wanted to learn. With my philosophy of ‘I’ll try (nearly) anything once’ I tagged along, learnt the technique and was hooked!
It was perfect for me, combining everything I loved doing. I soon realised I’d found a passion that I wanted to share and teach to other people. So after training and qualifying as a fitness and Nordic Walking UK instructor I launched Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking in May 2017 and a whole new adventure started for me and I hope you too.
With Miriam and Fiona now supporting me as Walk Leaders , the team hope you’ll enjoy and benefit by being part of the Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking Group and have lots of laughs whilst getting fitter too. We look forward to meeting you.
Miriam Kletz – Walk Leader
Hi, I’m Miriam Kletz and I started Nordic Walking with Susan in late 2017 as part of a Trefoil Guild Challenge called the Voyage Award. I have been a keen walker all my life and have led many walks around the Manchester area in my younger days. As I approached mid life, Nordic walking seemed to be the ideal way to improve my fitness levels, lose weight and combine my other interests of local history, industrial archaeology, maps and photography.
After just a few months of regular Nordic Walking I am several kg lighter and definitely more toned, couple that with fresh air, beautiful scenery and our famous British weather I have finally found my ideal exercise regime!
Of course, the social aspect of the classes is a perfect way to make friends and with a Freedom Passport, Nordic Walking across the UK is your oyster. Once you have your own poles you can walk anywhere at any time. I am frequently to be found striding out when I have an hour to spare, just for the exhilaration of being in the great outdoors.
Being a Walk Leader gives me the opportunity to pursue my new hobby and share my passion for the outdoors with others, as well as discovering new parks, pathways and wonderful open spaces. I look forward to meeting you.
Fiona Lyon – Walk Leader
I’d never heard of Nordic Walking until I saw a Facebook post and wondered what one of my crazy friends was up to! Not a great fan of the gym, I found out a bit more and with some trepidation booked a Taster session with Susan in mid 2017. Session one was tears of laughter as it seemed I’d lost the ability to put one foot in front of the other. Driving home I told myself “stick with it you idiot, you can walk and that was a lot of fun”. Four enjoyable sessions later I’d really had a LOT of fun, met some lovely people and gained my NWUK Freedom Passport.