Susan Spain’s Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking News, Salford, Didsbury & Manchester 16th Jan 2018

For those new to this newsletter, I usually send it out on a Tuesday evening and try and list the next 10 days worth of walks so you can plan your diaries. Key or new info is highlighted in red and Tasters/Learn to Nordic Walk course dates are shown at the bottom. Looking forward to meeting everyone that has booked a Taster session or Learn to Nordic Walk course and introducing you to this great activity.

LATEST NEWS. Been a busy last 7 days with several more Taster sessions, and the first Learn to Nordic Walk courses of 2018 starting. There was a very energetic Saturday Early Bird Workout Walk at Clifton Country Park and Friday’s Monton Dukes Drive and the Bridgewater Canal Circular was preceded by a very enjoyable lunch at the Waterside.

BIG NEWS – NEW WALK LEADERS. On Sunday, I accompanied Fiona and Miriam who did their NWUK Walk Leader Training Day up in Preston. Hopefully they will soon be joined by Ruth too once she’s undertaken her training. It will be several weeks before they are up and running with any walks but this will allow us to broaden our walk options and also provide me with some much needed back up (and I’ll be able to eventually take a holiday knowing that the walks can continue in my absence). This is a voluntary role so a big thank you from me and I’m sure you’ll all give them your support and encouragement.

2018 NORDIC WALKING FESTIVALS. Registration is now open for the 2018 NWUK Walking Festivals in Purbeck, Dorset ( Sept 14-16th)  and Rustick Mini Festival (Tissington Hall in the Peak District (May 4-5th). Don’t delay. Hopefully you saw the email last week sent out both by NWUK and myself. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Have a look at the NWUK site event details.

Come and join us, the more the merrier. Both festivals are suitable for all abilities, levels of fitness and have lots of social events, workshops, challenge events and walks. Great fun! Can’t recommend them enough.

The NWUK Team will also be at the Keswick Mountain Festival on 9-11th June and Countryfile Live on 2-5th August. These are two great dates for your diary for meeting up, having fun and flying the purple NWUk flag.


The Stroke Association have confirmed that we can enter this event as Nordic Walkers. GREAT NEWS. I’ve already entered the 10k and my sister Alison who is our fastest Nordic Walker has entered the 15k but as a runner as she’s decided to run the Manchester Half Marathon later in the year (you won’t find me doing that… running that is). Tim Bowman the instructor from Stockport Nordic Walking has also confirmed that he’s entered the 10k too and has put the word out with his walkers.

We are not allowed to enter the 15k as Nordic Walkers as the First Aid cover stops at 1.30pm so you can choose from the 5k (3 miles) or 10k (6 miles) options. This challenge is achieveable for any of you that can do the 3 mile walks I run on a Monday and Friday(5k) plus the longer 6 mile (10k)Sunday specials. The challenge is open to everyone even those who haven’t yet got their Freedom Passport. You even could just walk it if you don’t want to Nordic Walk it yet.

Here is the link to enter and please let me know once you’ve done so as I have to let the organisers know how many of us there are!!

NEW – GLOW HEALTHY EATING PLANS. Have a look at my website and on the left hand side there is a new section to have a look at. Sign up for a 28 day nutrition plan with healthy recipes sent to you via email everyday. THIS IS NOT A DIET… combined with Nordic Walking it will help you live a more healthy lifestyle which invariably will help with weight control. I’ll be sending out a separate email with more information later in the week. I’ve tried it and the recipes are really good and sensible too! Let me know if you sign up for the plan. Costs £1 a day for 28 days (£28 in total). Click on the link below then click on the orange Glow panel on the left hand side to find out more.

MY NEXT SHOP AND DROP DATE is set for those who want to buy poles or other equipment from the NWUK store. Orders placed by 6pm on Monday 5th February. Delivery will be with me on Wednesday 7th February. Remember you will save £5 on postage and packing and will get your 10% NWUK discount if you’ve activated your free 1 year NWUK membership on receiving your Freedom Passport. If ringing the NWUK store direct  on 0333 12345 40 make sure you ask for the delivery to be sent via the Susan Spain Shop and Drop. Also quote your NWUK membership number so that you get the 10% discount  too. If ordering on line use this link

and make sure you select my shop and drop from the drop down list when prompted and log in with your NWUK details (not Exercise anywhere) to get the discount. Any problems give me a ring. Remember purple is the colour of NWUK and there is clothing and accessories as well as poles/paws etc.

HELP REQUIRED to build our groups – If you can help me spread the word and get new members during 2018 that would be really appreciated. Is there someone you could encourage to come and learn, or could you display a poster somewhere where lots of people will see it? Or is there a group you belong to that may like to have a Taster session? If you follow me on Facebook could you share my posts/page with your friends? If you follow me on Twitter could you retweet my tweets?

Other REGULAR Walks coming up for NWUK Freedom Passport holders

ADVANCE NOTICE – DATES for NEXT Sunday Specials – Sunday 18th Feb/ Sunday 18th March – details coming soon. Longer Sunday walks to include the beautiful 5 Reservoirs of Rivington, Jumbles, Wayoh and Entwistle Reservoir Walks. Other new venues for Monday and Friday Adventure Walks to include Moses Gate Country Park, Phillips Park and Pennington Flash to name but a few.   

1 – ENERGISER WORKOUT WALKS AT MEDIA CITY UK, SALFORD QUAYS. 1pm to 1.45pm £7.50 NOTE all walks at Salford Quays are now listed on the main Parks and Pathways activities page and NOT on the separate BBC page. 

Coming soon in late February to MediaCityUK – Energising Power Walks on a Thursday at 12 noon (for those who want to get out for a power walk at lunchtime with gentle exercises built into the 45 minutes but who don’t yet want to learn to Nordic Walk) 

These are 45 minute lunchtime energiser workout walks starting from BBC Quay House at Salford Quays MediaCityUK which can be booked via this link. Why not come and urban pole walk somewhere different around the Quays and then stop for lunch/shopping/film/go to the Imperial War museum afterwards. Note paws are required on this walk due to the surfaces we walk on.

Thursday 18th  January,-Salford-Quays

Thursday 25th January,-Salford-Quays

Thursday 1st February,-Salford-Quays

2 – MONDAY MOTIVATOR & FRIDAY FREEDOM ADVENTURE WALKS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS – WALK TIME is 1.30PM TO  3PM (Walk is 2pm to 3.30PM if lunch is planned beforehand at 1pm) £6.50

Early afternoon adventure walks in various lovely locations across Greater Manchester. Gears 1 & 2. Easy/moderate pace 3-4 mile walks taking between 1 and 1.5 hours with a brew stop (if cafes are open). Occasionally with a pre walk lunch option on a Friday. Need a lift? On Friday’s I have spaces for 4 people in my car if travelling from the South side of Manchester. Pick up point for a lift is either The Northern at 12.45pm or The Britannia at 12.50pm. If you want a lift please contact me to ensure I have space in my car before booking on the walk.

Friday 19th January – Chorlton Water Park and Kenworthy Woods—Chorlton-Water-Park-and-Kenworthy-Woods

Monday 22nd January – Wythenshawe Park 1 hour brisk walk with gentle exercises. Brew in Courtyard Cafe at 2.30pm. More of a workout walk today but don’t let that put you off as I tailor it to whoever is attending.—Wythenshawe-Park

Friday 26th January – Heaton Park with pre walk lunch in the Garden Centre Cafe – lunch from 1.15 to 2.15pm. Walk from 2.15 to 3.30pm

Monday 29th January  – Fog Lane Park for a 1 hour only today, a brisk walk plus will include Smovey session and gentle exercises. More of a workout walk today but don’t let that put you off as I tailor it to whoever is attending.—Fog-Lane-Park

Friday 2nd February – Sale Water Park  – will end with brew at Jacksons Boat.

New walk venues coming in February once I’ve reccied them! RECCIE BUDDIES REQUIRED. Please contact me if you’ve free on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday to be my reccie buddy. Find out what goes into planning each walk.


Faster paced, timed, hill incline and speed reps, strength and conditioning.  If you have a set of hand weights/dumb bells please bring them with you from this Saturday 20th Jan as we need to work more on strengthening the upper body which will help build your speed and power.

Saturday 20th January – Clifton Country Park.

Saturday 27th January – Clifton Country Park.

Saturday 3rd February – Clifton Country Park

4 – MONDAY WELLBEING WALKS – 12 NOON TO 12.45PM –  £6.50  – now moved to Victoria Park Swinton. 

For people who want to Learn to Nordic Walk at a slower pace, are returning to exercise or who have concerns about their current fitness. Clients must have an induction session before joining the group – contact Susan for more information and to organise an induction.  Induction sessions lasting 30 mins cost £10 and allow me to ensure I can assess, talk to and understand each clients needs more fully before joining the group.

Monday 22nd January – Victoria Park, Swinton.,-Swinton,-Salford-

Monday 29th January – Victoria Park Swinton,-Swinton,-Salford

POLE HIRE AND REGULAR WALK CANCELLATION POLICY. Please note that once you have your Freedom Passport if you want to continue to use my poles rather than buy your own there is a £1 hire charge, payable in cash on the day.

Also please note the cancellation policy for Regular Walks. You can cancel online by removing yourself from the walk up to 24 hours before a walk starts after which no refund is allowed. If you need to cancel nearer to the start time then please just send me a text or ring me so we’re not waiting for you but no refund will be given.

BOOKING LAST MINUTE ONTO WALKS – Remember you can book onto a walk yourself up to 30 minutes before it starts (text me to let me know you’re coming too and to check the walk is going ahead) or if really last minute, ring or text me and let me know you’re coming (and to check the walk is still going ahead) and providing you’ve got a credit balance to cover the cost of the walk on your Exercise- Anywhere account then I can add you myself to the walk after the event and take the payment from your account …. this is a last resort though!

PAYMENT PACKAGES – Freedom Passport holders can either pay as you go or you can change your payment package on your Exercise-Anywhere account page to ‘Top up £25/£50 or £100 and save 20% per walk’. You must change your package, not just add £25 to your account to get the discount. In effect this brings the cost of a £6.50 walk down to £5.20.

FREE TASTER SESSIONS ( lots of sessions now listed for 2018)  – please encourage your friends and family to give it a try or book on if you’ve not tried it yet. The next ones are. 

Monday 29th January  – DIDSBURY – The Britannia Country House Hotel at 10am

Saturday 3rd February – Clifton Country Park, Salford at 12.45pm

Thursday 8th February – Clifton Country Park, Salford at 11.15pm

All can be booked via

NEXT LEARN TO NORDIC WALK COURSES  – all  are 4 week courses unless stated as Fast Track 2 session course. I can also offer private lessons if preferred to a group LTNW course. Private 121 lessons cost £25 per person per hour.

Thursday 18th January at 10.15am at Clifton Country Park – £25

Thursday 18th January at 12 noon at Media City UK, Salford Quays – £30 (BBC Club Members will receive a £5 refund upon completing their course)

Friday 19th January at 11.30pm at The Britannia , Didsbury – £25

Saturday 20th January at 1.15pm at Clifton Country Park – FAST TRACK 2 session course £35.

Monday 5th Feb at 9am at The Britannia, Didisbury – FAST TRACK 2 session course £35

Saturday 10th Feb at 11.30am at Clifton Country Park

Saturday 10th Feb at 1.15pm at Clifton Country Park – FAST TRACK 2 session course £35

Whilst I hope you will continue to walk regularly with me, don’t forget that your NWUK Freedom Passport allows you to book walks with any NWUK instructor both locally and nationwide. Just visit the Nordic Walking UK Website to search for walks and click on ‘find a class’ in the toolbar.

Nordic Walking Preston has a Rivington Pike Walk (again to the Pike but via a different Route) on Sunday 28th January at 10am. £10

Hope to see you on a walk soon and don’t forget to follow the Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking page on Facebook or PPNordicWalkUK on Twitter (if you’re into social media… ) and please share the posts


Tel 07738 931710

Updated: January 16, 2018 — 10:40 pm