By Gill Stewart at
ERRDIG NORDIC WALKERS (NATIONAL TRUST)
The group started about 7 years ago as part of a National Trust initiative called ‘Let the Outdoors Move You’ but has since evolved into its current form since late 2015. NWUK provided FREE Training to the Instructors to help improve the tuition provided to the public and have supported the group with advice since 2017
They offer two walks per week at Erddig – Wednesday and Saturday. On Mondays they offer our ‘On Tour’ walks at a variety of different venues. They also offer evening walks and longer walks e.g. The Mawddach Trail.
Walks are bookable and information made available via the NT but FREEDOM passports are not issued or accepted. They average 80 and 100 walkers over the 3 walks per week and ask for a voluntary contribution of a £1 per walk. The monies raised is used for the benefit of the group-purchase of equipment and courses (first aid)
They have four Instructors and three Technique Coaches all trained by Nordic Walking UK we also have 12 Volunteer Leaders.
Project Leader Gareth says
’Nordic walking is the finest way to exercise the whole body and mind. It is a positive activity in developing mindfulness and well being. Starting the week with our ‘On Tour’ walk, taking in the beautiful locations of North East Wales really sets me up and allows me to enjoy my whole week, whatever the weather! I’ve met new people from a wide variety of backgrounds and the opportunities to chat and socialise with these people has meant that we have become good friends. I came to Nordic Walking following a serious illness about four years ago but I can honestly say that Nordic walking has helped me change my lifestyle and is a massive part of my life now”