John Dent

WALX Fresh Health

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WALX FRESH HEALTH is the new name of Nordic Walking Kent WALX FRESH HEALTH is a COVID SECURE CLUB. We offer taster sessions, Power of Poles intro workshops, and regular classes in Bedgebury Forest, Sissinghurst and around Biddenden and Tenterden. The club is made up of enthusiastic and friendly members who are great company, welcoming and a pleasure to be with. WALX Fresh Health is run by John Dent. John was one of the early adopters of Nordic Walking (having been trained by Martine Christie – the founder of Nordic Walking Uk). WALX FRESH HEALTH aims to be a centre of excellence for Kent & Sussex for anyone who loves outdoor activity and nature. Our WALX club offers a range of classes during the day, evening and also at the weekend.

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Meet the Team

John Dent

Role: WALX Master

John Dent has over twenty years’ experience as a Sports Scientist & Rehab Specialist helping others enjoy exercise and get back to fitness.. John was a junior international Rugby player and member of the Racing Club De France Rugby squad in the early 90”s. His health coaching practice provides additional help and support when needed. Exercise programming, 1:1 coaching, sport & remedial massage and rehabilitation are all available too. John was one of the early adopters of Nordic Walking in the UK and has fully embraced the transition to the WALX brand giving you more choice of how you enjoy the great outdoors. John has been teaching for over 14 years, running private courses and classes in both London and Kent.
Whatever your ability we aim to help you challenge yourself and achieve success at your own pace. We are always keen for you to share your favorite walks too.


from members of John Dent

We have enjoyed Nordic Walking

We have enjoyed Nordic Walking over the past few years with John, always interesting routes and his knowledge of human physiology, etc. is a bonus. – J&T

Julian & Terri

A very rewarding activity

Having had a tough last 18 months, with one thing and another, I knew I needed to find something that would energise and revitalise me. As I have always enjoyed walking and trekking, when I read an article on Nordic Walking in a newspaper, I decided to look to see if I could find a local instructor. From the very first session with John, I knew that I had found a very rewarding activity! I now walk every week with a small group of like minded  enthusiasts under John's guidance, and it is not only providing me with enormous fitness benefits, but is also, at the same, very enjoyable.

Chris Boyd

Recommending Walx Fresh Health

I met John Dent through his Nordic Walking programme some 4/5 years ago. I had just recovered from a serious illness and I was looking for a number of ways of regaining a good fitness level.
Having met John and undergone a ’Nordic Induction Course’ with him I immediately signed up and have been a very regular weekly member of his Nordic Walking Group in Tenterden ever since. John is always conscious of each members physical ability and manages the programmed to accommodate all levels, I know this is reassuring for all involved.
John is always highly professional and clear with his instructions and is always interested to listen to any feedback or questions. John puts himself out to ensure the classes are always run,(regardless of class numbers or weather!) there have been a few occasions when it has been just he and I walking in pouring rain! More recently he has built up a small loyal ‘band of Nordic Walkers’ here in Tenterden and I believe all members gain many benefits from Johns attention to detail and professional approach, both physically and mentally.
In particular during the past couple of years with the pandemic his walking group have continued to benefit from his coaching when restrictions have allowed.
I would not hesitate in recommending John and his Nordic Walking programmed her in Tenterden.
Tim Smith - Resident of Tenterden

Tim Smith

Nordic Walking with John

I started nordic walking with John Dent, our local instructor for Nordic Walking UK nearly three years ago.
I join walks at Bedgebury Pinetum, Silcocks near Tenterden and in the Summer at Sissinghurst Castle.
John is an excellent instructor and aside from helpful nordic walking techniques, he is a thoroughly engaging chap, with a whole armoury of health tips generally, whilst always being mindful of everyone's capabilities and needs.
For me the sessions provide an excellent outdoors exercise experience in a safe and social way.   The other walkers are always interesting and we put the world to rights every week!  I wouldn't feel comfortable walking on my own in the country now and as I am office bound during the week for long hours, I always look forward to being in the open air amongst the stunning scenery we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy locally.
My only regret is that I can't join more sessions, due to work commitments!

Kerry M

Nordic Walking With John at Bedgebury

Nordic walking with John at Bedgebury forest provides the perfect combination of good cardio workout and being outside in nature. John’s experience of guiding walks and his knowledge of anatomy means that we are very well looked after, with plenty of interesting routes and tips along the way. I throughly recommend it.

Lisa W

I would recommend WALX FRESH HEALTH

I have been Nordic walking with this group since January 2019. I was looking to improve my general fitness and stamina for long distance walking events. I have certainly achieved that! I really look forward to the sessions, the groups are friendly and welcoming. John is a fantastic leader, taking us on a variety of routes, with strength and stability exercises along the way in the beautiful Kent countryside. As John is a sports scientist and holistic health coach, he is a fountain of knowledge, often giving health tips and advice. I have never felt healthier or fitter than I do right now. I would not hesitate to recommend John and Walk Fresh Health.

Julie L