WALX Coast and Country

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WALX Coast and Country run a regular programme of walks and other outdoor activities in the South East. WALX and More who cover the Chichester area have come together with WALX Coast and Country to allow us to run a much greater variety of sessions over a larger area. As one group we offer outdoor activity sessions on the beaches, in the countryside, including the South Downs and the wonderful woodland areas we have in the South East. 

The activities are varied and we welcome everyone. Some of our members enjoy gentle exercise as they are managing health complications and at the other end of the scale we have people walking marathons. We are confident we can cater for your health and fitness needs. 

With WALX you can learn how to walk with Nordic Walking Poles but we also offer non pole walking sessions such as Explorer WALX, TBW (Total Body Workouts), YOGA WALX as well as Couch to 5k Running and Smovey Classes. 

Joining WALX also gives you access to over 2000 online exercises sessions per week, taught by our expert team. Sessions include total body workouts, Pilates, Yoga, HIT and aerobics. 



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Tips for the Hot Weather


Summer solstice has been, the summer months have begun.  I don’t know about you, but this summer feels warmer already and I am loving the lighter evenings.  So, let’s think about how you can protect yourself when out walking.  It is important to take care in the heat, so we have come up with some […]

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You may be aware we recently had Mental Health Awareness Week from the 9th to the 15th May, which was based around Loneliness.  After the last two years this is definitely prevalent and something everyone should be aware of.  People’s relationships faded, due to the lack of contact and the preference on technology when communicating […]

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Introducing The Fun to Your Walk


Being in the great outdoors, is known to have both mental and physical health benefits.  Improving your focus and quality of sleep.  There are cardiovascular health benefits, as well as reducing stress and depression to name but a few.  The list is endless! The promotion of walking outdoors is prescribed by fitness instructors, exercise referral […]

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Summer Health


As you know, the clocks have now changed! Is that a YAY I hear?   I know I am already enjoying the lighter evenings. How quickly your mood can be lifted from seeing a bluer sky is incredible.  Who else has fallen for the blue skies means arms out and shorts already, but actually I […]

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Meet the Team

Denise Page

Role: WALX Master

I decided it was time to change my life, so gave up a corporate position to go and live by the sea and get my life back. No more long hours commuting and time to enjoy being outside. I have always preferred exercising in the fresh air and decided it was time to share my passion.

Since moving to Littlehampton in May 2016  I have met some wonderful people as being active outside is so sociable. I have got to know the area extremely well and found some hidden gems; there are some wonderful walks and places to explore. We have beautiful countryside as well as miles of stunning coastline in Sussex.

I have been in the fitness industry for 28 years and have taught many forms of exercise. I particularly enjoy teaching outside sessions, specifically walking as I find it to be the most social and fun form of exercise I have ever been involved in. It is also kind on my body.

I enjoy running but am beginning to find it hard on my joints. Using poles for running and walking helps me stay fit with less impact on the knees.

I have a wealth of experience teaching all levels of fitness and strongly believe that if activity is fun it does not feel like exercise.

Not only am I the WALX Coast and Country Master trainer I also train others WALX instructors and play a key part in designing the WALX curriculum.

Slyvia May

Role: WALX Master

Hi, my name is Sylvia and I am a Nordic Walking Instructor in the Chichester Area.

I discovered Nordic Walking through the Nordic Walking UK Website some 6 years ago, bought some poles and fell in love with this wonderfull form of excercise you could do outdoors.

As a fair weathered 3-5 mile runner, I have found it has all the benefits of running with so much less effort, yet twice the enjoyment.

If like me you have had a life long battle with weight, like being outdoors, enjoy a laugh with like minded people male and female and want to get fitter, learning a new skill come and join my classes.

As well as being a Nordic Walking Instructor, I am also a Wellbeing Advisor working for Chichester District Council and have also trained as a Natural Juice Therapist (with Jason Vale) and Raw food Coach (with  Karen Knowler).

I love helping people achieve their potential and look forward to meeting you.

Pauline Jones

Role: WALX Guide

Since joining the Coast and Country WALX group  I have been introduced to walking in many places by the sea and in the countryside. There is something different to experience on every walk, and being able to exercise outdoors with other people enjoying their company and nature is brilliant.

I have enjoyed entering some local events and recently completed the Beachy Head Marathon, which was an amazing experience.

I lead a variety of of Nordic WALX and Total Body WALX.

Donald Nell

Role: WALX Coach

I first started Nordic Walking as a safe way to aid recovery from a torn Achilles Tendon and osteoarthritis. With quick results I have gone on to participate in a number of half marathons and charity walks.

My Nordic Walking gives me a sense of mental alertness and vigour, even on days when I’m not feeling my best. Literally, a spring in my step! After long hours working, there is nothing I enjoy more than the freedom of the outdoors in the company of my fellow Nordic walkers.

The physical strength I have gained from Nordic Walking means I am totally pain free. My muscles are more toned, and I am fitter than I have ever been before.

I decided to become a WALX Coach so I can share my positive mental and physical benefits with others. I use my experience in the military, classical dance and figure skating to teach the benefits of good posture and technique to get best results. I believe in a harmony of fun and effort to promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Mary-Jane Newman

Role: WALX Guide

I really enjoy being outdoors and keeping active. I worked in education but now that I’ve stopped working, I’m fortunate to be able to get outside more during the week. In my younger days I did a lot of running and more recently loved doing Boot Camp, but my knees can’t cope with that now! For me, Nordic Walking is great all round exercise, especially with some of the Total Body WALX which add even more variety. I joined the group in 2016 and my fitness levels have definitely improved. The group is very friendly and supportive; no matter what your fitness level everyone can exercise at their own pace and you get lots of encouragement. There’s lots of chatting during the sessions so it’s a very sociable way of exercising. We are also fortunate to have some beautiful places to walk and take in the fresh air – what more could you want?

I enjoy leading the Nordic WALX sessions, I have a lot of fun.

Mandy Border

Role: WALX Coach

I decided to become a WALX Coach because I wanted to get out and meet new people in the big outdoors, go exploring surrounded by wildlife and share those experiences with others. Being outside exercising, in any weather, helped to brighten my day and left me with a happy calmness that I never quite got in any other environment.

A big factor was picking up injuries just because I was sat still most of the day at a desk – the more supple I became again and I realised that not only did I not want to have a sedentary lifestyle any more, it was actually harming my health. The road back to healthy joints, ligaments and muscles was, happily, easier for me than others but I’m here to help anyone of any ability improve their all round fitness whatever that is for them.

I enjoy teaching Nordic WALX as well as Total Body WALX.

Richard Dickinson

Role: WALX Guide

I joined Nordic Walking with the Littlehampton group in 2017 after finishing my career in the aerospace industry. I’ve always enjoyed keeping active whilst at the same time being outdoors taking in the fresh air. I took up the activity as a means to achieving both objectives, and I never looked back. I’ve now retired but in my youth I was always keen to participate in sports and maintain a healthy work and lifestyle balance. Following recent back surgery, I’ve found Nordic Walking greatly contributed to the recovery process whilst at the same time helped to enhance my fitness level.

The biggest bonus is that you can exercise whilst simultaneously having a good chat and a laugh with likeminded individuals.  Nordic Walking is not only beneficial from a physiological standpoint, it’s also good for your mental wellbeing. We are fortunate to have such beautiful coast and countryside in which to walk and escape the daily stresses of life. The group is extremely friendly and supportive, and no matter what your fitness level is there are sessions that are suited to everyone’s abilities.

My greatest Nordic Walking achievement thus far has been putting in a respectable time at the Chichester half marathon. I’m presently doing the Walk 1000 Miles Annual Challenge, and hope to complete The Beachy Head half marathon next year.


Paul Conquest

Role: WALX Guide

n 2017, I was watching a BBC Breakfast report by the sports presenter Mike Bushell, who always tried a new sport once a week. It showed the benefits of Nordic Walking, whilst enjoying the open air of the countryside or coastline. It then became a case of; I must try this. So I searched online and luckily came across Denise Page at Walx Coast and Country. I completed my induction course on how to use the poles and since then  loved being outdoors and joining in on group walks. I have loved meeting new people. I lost weight and became a lot fitter. One of my best achievements of recent years was to be voted ‘Members Choice Coast and Country Walker of the Year 2019’ a trophy which still stands proudly on my mantlepiece.
I have recently completed my Walx Guide Course and I am now really looking forward to leading walks in the Mid-Sussex area and being in the great company of other Nordic Walkers enjoying the outdoors of the countryside. Hope to see you on a walk soon.

Heather Cord

Role: WALX Coach

I have always enjoyed being active, having been a keen runner, specifically cross country.

Over the years I have had injuries, Nordic Walking allows me to keep active without impact which has really benefited the health of my joints.

Having always been interested in wild flowers and nature in general; Nordic Walking allows me to enjoy these and the changing seasons.

Nordic Walking helps me to stay fit at the same time feel the benefits of spending time in the fresh air. It is the first activity which I have met so many nice people with diverse interests and backgrounds.

I have recently decided to change my career to something I truly enjoy. I decided to start my own group because I want others to feel the same benefits as myself and experience the same enjoyment.

As well as teaching the Nordic WALX I enjoy teaching the Wellness and Total Body WALX.

Mark Sillett

Role: WALX Coach

I recently moved to Rustington from Horsham having been born and bred in South Wales.

Following a career in logistics I got out of the ‘rat race’ in 2007, retrained as a Fitness Professional and for the last seven years have run an outdoor fitness business in Horsham.

Having taught many forms and exercise to individuals and groups both indoors and outside Nordic Walking has always been the constant activity I return to. The combination of the benefits of being in the great outdoors with the natural movement of Nordic Walking cannot be beaten in terms of health and wellbeing and offers something for everyone.

It can be done anytime, anyplace, anywhere, individually or with friends and can range from a leisurely social stroll to a full on fitness session, trek or challenge.

I am really looking forward to joining the Walx community and exploring this wonderful part of the country.

Marriam Hughes

Role: WALX Guide

I wasn’t particularly sporty in my younger days and even managed to get out of PE at school by doing a Photography O-level instead. Having studied Nutrition at university, I understand the importance of exercise in maintaining your health and well-being. I’ve tried working out in a gym, swimming once a week and even a bit of boxercise but it was only when I started Nordic Walking early in 2018, that I found an activity that I really enjoy.  There’s nothing better than being out in the open air in the company of your fellow walkers with the option of a leisurely stroll or a faster challenge. My fitness levels and flexibility have improved and I’ve completed the Chichester half-marathon as well as the Beachey Head Marathon and taken part in a number of charity walks.

Diana Drawbridge

Role: WALX Guide

I have been qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist for 39 years. Initially I worked in a number of different acute hospital settings, but for over 20 years I worked in local NHS Worthing Community Teams, specializing in treating Neurological patients. I have specialists most recently in treating people with Parkinson’s disease.

I’m now retired from the NHS and work as a Private Physiotherapist. I treat clients in their own homes; and I also instruct a weekly exercise class in Worthing and a monthly Washington class for the  local Parkinson’s UK branch.

Nordic walking for people with Neurological disease

I want to enable people with reduced mobility as a result of Parkinson’s disease, and other Neurological conditions, to have the benefit of experiencing Nordic walking to help them to improve their stamina and ability to walk further. Also to give them the opportunity of getting outside to walk more regularly, and to experience the benefits of walking in a group.

The benefits of Nordic walking are many. Here are some that are more specific for Parkinson’s disease.

  • it allows for more fluid movement
  • helps to loosen stiff joints and strengthen muscles
  • it promotes better posture by improving core strength
  • encourages arm swing during walking
  • promotes a more rhythmical and reciprocal gait pattern
  • increases aerobic activity
  • it improves balance
  • it may increase walking speed
  • enables people to walk further outside, and to socialise.

I teach the ACTIVATOR/RE-HAB class as part of the Wellness WALX programme.

Katie Horsley-Page

Role: WALX Guide

I have a real passion for exercise and training in the outdoors. I have always enjoyed walking, especially with my dog in the countryside, so when I was introduced to Nordic Walking I took to it straight away.
Nordic Walking is great for your physical health but I also  appreciate how good it is for your mental health. You can benefit from being in the fresh air as well as the social aspect.
One of my favorite walks is Ditchling Beacon, with the lovely views of the South Downs, but I still I have so much more of the Downs to explore.

I have a background in YOGA and designed the YOGA WALX programme for Exercise Anywhere.

Yoga in the outdoors environment brings a whole new feeling of relaxation and wellbeing.


Penny Hall

Role: Guide

Exercise, companionship, lovely walks what’s not to love about Nordic Walking. I have enjoyed it so much and become so much fitter, I have become a walk leader.
Tina Wigley

Role: WALX Guide

For the last 14 years I have suffered from a few chronic conditions which have been quite debilitating at times and all of the exercise I used to be able to do, netball, swimming, dancing, seemed in the long distance past!

I started Nordic Walking after being told of all the health benefits that walking with poles could give me and it isn’t wrong.

The pressure it takes off your feet and other joints is amazing and has enabled me to go out and walk again, something a year ago I didn’t think possible.  When I first started I thought I would never make it up a hill without stopping but 9 months on I can manage a hill with no stop.

The benefits have been immense for me, I feel fitter, more able to do things and it helps clear my mind too, I feel I can achieve anything!

I have now got to a point where I am doing my own walks which will be social walks, 2-3 miles in length and at an easy pace where we can walk and talk whilst enjoying our lovely surroundings.

Rachel Lucas

Role: WALX Guide

Hi I’m Rachel a recent recruit to Nordic Walking Guiding.

I came to NW after a foot operation and wanted to give myself a much-needed emotional and physical boost to tackle an Alpine walking challenge. It worked I felt amazing, so strong!


Through my training as a counsellor as well as my personal experience, I take a holistic approach to my health and wellbeing noticing how my physical, mental and emotional states are impacting on each other and my overall wellness. This is low key, personal and non-directive. I am really excited to bring this into my WALX Coast And Country activities and share this with you; a sort of Mindfulness Your Way WALX.


See you out there.

Rhian Ireland

Role: Guide

What a lovely view with Goodwood race course in the background. Looking forward to leading walks up here ! The hills, the view, the excercise, socialising with other walkers is why I love Nordic Walking and became a walk leader Hope that sounds ok. I have sent everything back to HQ and advised email address
Sally Kingsbury

Role: Guide

I joined Nordic walking about a year after the group started and it has given me many hours of healthy enjoyment. I love walking in the countryside with new and not-so-new friends and the treat of coffee afterwards. I am looking forward to taking on my new role as a walk leader and hopefully will introduce a few new walks to the mix.
Barbara Pope

Role: Guide

Exercise, good company and fresh air .. some of the reasons I love Nordic Walking. I have become healthier, both mentally and physically, and have made some super friends. I’ve now become a Walk Leader, so I’m now looking forward to sharing this wonderful exercise with many more people, and uncovering more exciting walks in the beautiful West Sussex countryside.
Brenda Wilks

Role: Guide

Whether it is a cardiac workout walking up the downs with fantastic views or a peaceful flat walk along the beach Nordic walking never fails to deliver an uplifting experience. It is a lovely way to meet new people and enjoy a chat and welcome cup of coffee after the walk. It is my favourite park of the week.
Sushma Cheesbrough

Role: Guide

Hello, I am Sushma, and I am looking forward to walking with you soon. Nordic Walking is the only exercise type I love, being outdoors in the fresh air, its sociable, and my whole body is having a full workout whilst I am having fun. Through WALX there are a range of activities and locations on offer, so its flexible, versatile, and never boring- it suits my lifestyle!”

Peter Sanders

Role: Guide

I’ve always enjoyed walking with the family but as the old cricket and football injuries started kicking in, I was only able to manage flat walks which were becoming monotonous and restricted where I could walk.

My wife saw an article about how Nordic Walking could help people with old injuries. When she saw a free ‘learn to Nordic Walking session’ in Chichester we decided to give it a go. I went along very reluctantly but after a couple of hours I was hooked and have never looked back. I can now walk anywhere I want to without knee or ankle pain and certainly recommend it to everyone.

Nordic walking also gives me the chance to walk in a social group chatting to people from all different walks of life and making new friends. Being able to lead walks is a privilege which I enjoy.


Role: Kent

I learnt to Nordic Walk in early 2014 and so enjoyed it that within a matter of months I decided to train to become a Walk Leader. This brought opportunities for me to share my love of Nordic Walking with others and I now lead regular weekday walks. I love the outdoor activity and exploring the wonderful walks we have locally and the social interaction it provides, especially the coffee afterwards – a very important aspect of the activity!


from members of WALX Coast and Country

I have found a way of exercising that is fun and beneficial

I wanted to send you a big thank you for the amount of energy, skill and fun you bring to your Nordic Walking. I have found a way of exercising that is fun and beneficial and I don't have to go any where near a gym. My fitness had improved enormously in the past few months and I have made new friends at a time when socialising is do difficult. Mandy has gently encouraged me to gain confidence in my techniques and I love the approach to the Advent Calendar sessions. Again, thank you. Linda xx

Linda Howard, 65

My body has changed

I can no longer pinch an inch on my thighs to do my injections...and it’s all your fault...so many squats!!!!!

Claire Bannister, 73

I feel fitter now than I did prior to lockdown

When I joined Denise's Nordic walking group I did not know anyone as I had recently moved to the area. That soon changed as Denise made sure that I was made to feel very welcome and fully included into the group. Her friendly personality and bubbly nature means that everyone has fun and feels at ease.
Denise was fantastic during lockdown. For instance, when lots of clubs stopped meeting she made sure that the groups online activities continued, such as entertaining workouts and achievable challenges to do when out on walks.  I really enjoyed the challenges, such as finding objects to photograph linked to a specific topic. These were great fun and gave me a focus for the day during the difficult and uncertain times. I am sure that it helped people's mental health and well-being immensely. I know this from talking to different people on our varied and interesting walks. Everyone speaks about how great Denise has been.
All in all it is thanks to Denise that I feel fitter now than I did prior to lockdown. I can now walk up hills without getting too out of breath and I am now inspired to challenge myself and do more longer walks.

Maura Pigram, 63

I have gained upperbody strength and improved flexibiliy

I am a keen cyclist which gives me good aerobic fitness but I have lacked in flexibility and upperbody strength. I really enjoy the workout sessions as I can still exercise outdoors and get a great workout. It is as effective as going to the gym without the high fees and I get the benefits of doing it in th fresh air. Win win!

Chris Wods, 32

I have lost 7 stone and feel healthy

I have been Nordic Walking for four years and began my journey having had a stroke and needed something that would help me improve my fitness - or lack of and get my confidence back. During that time I have discovered a new love of walking and exercise, made many new friends and discovered beautiful areas around my own home that I had never been to before. But the biggest bonus has been my improved health having had Asthma all my life when I began my Nordic journey I would need to use my inhaler 2/3 times on a walk now, although I always have it with me I rarely use it. This has undoubtedly been helped by a big weight loss. Nordic and the associated exercise classes have been my only activities and combining this with a healthy diet has meant a seven stone reduction in weight and a happier healthier life. Join us you won’t regret it Sue

Sue Pratt, 65

A well being boost

Join Walx Coast and Country for a well being boost. We walk in the best natural surroundings & with great companions.

Stephanie Collyer, 54

The only outdoor exercise I have ever stuck with!

Nordic walking is the only outdoor exercise I have ever stuck with! This is thanks to Denise's encouragement, enthusiasm and total commitment to helping everyone be the fittest they can be. Within a year I was able to reduce medication and continue to improve my fitness levels. She, and her fellow instructors and walk leaders work from individual starting points to help improve fitness. The wide variety of walks on offer, coupled with the friendly, relaxed groups, makes Nordic Walking an enjoyable way to exercise.

Shirley Mead, 65