Beverley Turner

WALX in the Marches

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WALX in the Marches is based at the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which provides our stunning gym without walls here and beyond in the English Marches. Led by Beverley Turner, WALX in the Marches began life in 2016 as Shropshire Hills Nordic Walking, bringing regular Nordic Walking training and group walks to this renowned walking area.


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  This month we reached a real milestone – six years of bringing Nordic Walking to South Shropshire and beyond, first as Shropshire Hills Nordic Walking, and then, with a wider brief, as WALX in the Marches. It has been my privilege to teach over 200 people to Nordic Walk in that time.  So how […]


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Meet the Team

Beverley Turner

Role: WALX Master

Beverley has been Nordic Walking since 2015. From her first experience of it, she was keen to share her discovery with the world … or her part of it at least! As a result, she trained to become a Nordic Walking Instructor and set up Shropshire Hills Nordic Walking, teaching her first clients in April 2016. Beverley comes from a background in music, administration, and education. Although not from a professional background in fitness, she feels that her experience as a classical musician and private music teacher informs her teaching of Nordic Walking. Good posture is as important for effective Nordic Walking as for playing an instrument or singing. In addition, both disciplines offer a strong sense of connection to others and to the natural world around us, whilst providing a range of wellbeing benefits.
Beverley enjoys getting to know her walkers, and sharing her love for flora and fauna, history, and local knowledge on her walks. She likes mixing with people of all ages and backgrounds and loves learning from others too!
Outside of walking, Beverley has a very busy family life (and has been delighted to have found Nordic Walking as a very efficient and enjoyable form of exercise for the time poor). She has a strong interest in music and the arts, reading, nature and the environment, good food, and health and wellbeing.

Nowela Swanson

Role: WALX Guide

I gained my passport to Nordic Walking in 2017 and only became a Leader / Guide in February 2020, literally weeks before going in to the Covid 19 lockdown. My working life was in business administration and then running my own small business for 16 years.  When I retired, I was determined that I wanted to remain fit and healthy, but the idea of visiting a gym never really appealed.  Discovering Beverley’s Nordic Walking Group within an easy commute, was the answer to my love of walking and discovering new areas. I absolutely adore the countryside and being able to feel enveloped in the beauty of nature that surrounds me. Exercising two Labradors, as well as yoga and tennis are other outdoor activities I enjoy. If I can share my beautiful surroundings and convince others of the benefits of walking and with the added bonus of poles, I might just help with the realisation of how you can improve your health and wellbeing.

Beverley Walker

Role: WALX Guide

Once, long ago I worked in Learning and Development in the civil service before taking the step into self employment working in organisation development. In 1992 the first of our three children was born, four years later we moved to Shropshire and over the following years my professional work was increasingly overshadowed with home educating our children, establishing a local group and working to create a network of fellow home educators around Shropshire and beyond.
I am now a ‘retired’ home educator and have shifted my energy to exploring the world of herbs initially for animals through zoopharmacognosy then for people. I studied at the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and followed it with a foundation course in herbal medicine. My primary interest here is the way herbs can support us in maintaining health. I dabble with herb growing along side a rewilding project and plan to expand both range and quantity; partly in pursuit of this goal I spend chunks of time working in a beautiful biodynamic/organic herb nursery in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a special place to be.
Just as learning and health has been central to my life so has walking – from early days as a way of balancing the intensity of exams or later, professional work, to daily dog walking and hiking for pure pleasure, to managing the emotional challenges of motherhood and life generally; I’ve come to realise that simply being in and with the natural world has been invaluable to physical and mental wellbeing throughout. Combine this with a desire to maintain fitness without working out in a gym and Nordic walking came into my life. Whether it’s a short, relatively flat walk or a longer walk in the hills it offers the chance for a full body workout in almost all weathers in the fresh Shropshire air.

Testimonials

from members of Beverley Turner

Making the most of a monthly membership

I have been a Nordic walker for almost two years now. I wanted to learn, as I had read about the benefits that would improve my physical fitness. This has definitely been the case. In order to reap the benefits, I feel it is important to walk regularly in a group. Being part of a group led by Beverley and other trained adults has meant that I have continued to improve my technique over time. The group is very supportive and understanding that we are all working at our own level, so you will always enjoy the walks in a variety of beautiful surroundings and will never feel that you are not good enough. Everyone is welcome and whenever possible we finish off with a cafe visit. I live in Shrewsbury and started Nordic walking in Craven Arms. What a great way to explore an area. Well worth the drive for such spectacular scenery. I have since taken my family on some of the walks. The Craven Arms and Church Stretton walks give walkers the opportunity to tackle more hilly terrains and are usually longer, so offer a greater challenge. I also regularly attend the walks at Attingham Park which suit some people better, as there are fewer hills. It is amazing just how many different walks and types of walks there are there. There is even a yoga walk so calming and good for your wellbeing, which needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Every week the walks are planned out with a straightforward online booking process. I find that the direct debit option is fantastic value for money. Finally, Beverley runs an excellent Zoom balance and fitness session once a week which has greatly improved my overall fitness. I would say it is well worth joining this fantastic group of people, led by a really professional team who work extremely hard to make Nordic walking accessible to as many people as possible in the beautiful surroundings in which we live.

Mary B

Benefits of Nordic Walking

Before I tried Nordic Walking I was slightly sceptical about the health benefits. It's walking with poles, I thought, how hard can it be? But I now know that, done properly,  it is actually a full body workout; like a gym session in the fresh air.
Beverley is a great teacher and manages to make the complicated seem simple.  She puts on a wide variety of walks each week across a large geographical area so that you can choose a walk to suit your own needs/ability/availability etc.
Beverley has shown me many new routes in my local area and I enjoy the sociable nature of walking in a small, friendly group.  Walking with other people on a regular basis motivates me to get out in our beautiful countryside and I really appreciate the benefits for my physical and mental health.

Helen C

Benefits of Nordic Walking

Since taking up Nordic Walking just over 2 years ago I have thoroughly enjoyed the group walks and Total Body WALX that I have been doing regularly since.  I have always been a keen walker and considered myself relatively fit for my age but using the poles provides an all-round workout and improves upper body strength.  The fact that this is done in the open air, surrounded by lovely scenery with a friendly and interesting group of people really does create a feeling of wellbeing and has certainly lifted my spirits in the difficult times of Covid19. I would certainly recommend this activity to people of all ages.

Shelagh K

Starting Out

Nordic Walking? Why would that be different from going for a walk with sticks?  As I get older I know it gets just that bit tougher to keep active and fit and keep one step ahead of the aging process.  Well, an individual Taster session with Beverley was like a breath of fresh air for me. I found her to be warm, easy and friendly and she was so welcoming and encouraging. I was given every reason to believe that this was a manageable challenge to take on; thus I went on to enjoy and complete a 4 week ‘Learn To’ course. She fully convinced me of the benefits of Nordic Walking that this was going to be something worth learning (& couldn’t be more different from just walking with sticks!) Being outside under the skies, whether clear or cloudy is a thousand times more enticing to me than any gym. It will be a pleasure to keep me moving and active whilst knowing I’m exercising a whole body. Beverley is a real ‘people person’. She is a great motivator and teacher and her love of the great outdoors and Nordic Walking in particular is tangible and infectious! Having moved from The Taster Session, on to the 4 week ‘Learning To’ course I now thoroughly look forward to my weekly guided walk where Beverley continues to offer technical advice and expertise (when she notices us slacking!) and keeps us on our toes in order that we can develop and improve our technique which we can then take anywhere with us and learning the technique is invaluable. It’s not just walking with sticks. If you are considering Nordic Walking, then don’t hesitate, go for a Taster or a ‘Learn To’ course and I can almost guarantee that learning with Beverley will be a Joy. Thanks Beverley, it really has been inspirational learning with you.  

Win M

Starting Out

We both had a very enjoyable experience at our Power of Poles course, after the initial apprehension that it would be to technical for us as complete novices.
Although there was only the two of us, Beverley put us both at ease explaining in detail the background and benefits of  Nordic Walking- this was useful as it made us understand the "why" of Nordic Walking.
We were given ample opportunity to try out the poles after each instruction and Beverley worked alongside us  ensuring we complied to her guidance and didn't feel overwhelmed or confused.
Although l have a physical job which involves a lot of standing and walking l am not very good at walking at pace over a distance and inclines are a definite no go. I often struggle to keep up with my husband when we go out walking with our dog.
During the training we did 4 circuits of the playing fields and a couple of inclines, following instructions l did this easily while keeping up with my husband which surprised both of us.( l think he was a little impressed)
Beverley was very patient and enthusiastic and made the whole experience enjoyable.
We decided to sign up for our first walk and again we were apprensive as it was a group walk and it is never easy being the newbies!!! Beverley made us  very welcoming introducing us to the group in such a way we felt completely at ease.
During the walk she accompanied us, ensuring we weren't left behind whilst monitoring our technique and offering support and encouragement.
Yesterday we completed our second walk which was also very enjoyable.
On both walks we have felt welcomed and at ease with the group, it has been a pleasure walking with them while having a few laughs along the way. At no time were we made to feel awkward or uncomfortable.
We have both enjoyed our initial experiences and will be signing up for other walks over the coming weeks.

Jacqui P

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