WALX Dorset

WALX Dorset

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WALX Dorset provides a range of over 30 walks and classes a week for everyone across East Dorset. There are 12 instructors and 20 walk leaders that can introduce you to the World of WALX and provide regular classes close to where you live or work.

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WALX Types Available
  • Explorer WALX
  • Power of Poles Intro Course
  • Total Body WALX
  • Total Body WALX - Virtual
  • Wellness WALX

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Activities by WALX Dorset

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Walk of the Month – Bulbarrow Hill to Milton Abbas


Lauren Atkinson tells us about a new walk she has coming up in April and she is excited to share it with everyone now that we are getting back outside. This 8.5 mile circular route begins with spectacular views from our meeting point near the top of Bulbarrow Hill. The green pastures of Blackmore Vale,

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Yesterday I went for a Walk – WALX Coach Rob Young about new his role at WALX Dorset


Yesterday I went for a walk. A simple sentence. That’s why I like WALX. WALX is a straightforward concept where your club, community and workout is outdoors because walking is about being outside. Walking is a practice that allows you to use your body as it was designed. I like that walking is an easy, […]

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Fancy a long distance challenge?!


Then why not join Lauren in training for one of our 16 or 26 mile Purbeck Festival Challenge walks!  With plenty of time to train and prepare, aim high and challenge yourself to a long distance goal. Especially if you’ve never walked that kind of distance before.  What could be better to focus on during […]

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At WALX Dorset we are always working on how we can help people be more active in a supported environment where they feel SAFE. At the moment we are in Lockdown so we are arranging very local one to one walks for those who are feeling isolated and providing on line exercise classes and some […]

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Meet the Team


Role: WALX Coach

As a physiotherapist, I have seen the amazing effects that being active outdoors can bring, not only to people’s mobility, but also their general health,sense of well-being and quality of life.


Role: WALX Coach

My love of walking came from 7 years living in New Zealand, where I explored every inch of the country.  Now I am fortunate to enjoy the beautiful countryside and coastline that Dorset has to offer.  I am extremely keen to help others enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and maximise all the health and wellbeing benefits Walking can bring.


Role: WALX Master

Lucie’s love of walking and the outdoors developed from spending 13 years in Scotland. She has undertaken walking challenges including Oxfam’s 100k Trialwalker and Bristol’s half marathon Sunshine Walk for Breast Cancer.

Lucie co-ordinates the whole programme and delivers in all 3 categories including Yoga WALX !



Role: WALX Coach

I love being outside (in all weathers!!), working as part of a team, meeting new people and using the many transferable skills from my nursing background


Role: WALX Coach

Lizzie’s Nordic walking journey began on her Personal training course in 2010 and she has been walking ever since. Moving to the Beautiful Isle of Purbeck in 2018 continued to fuel her passion for health and wellness, whilst being outdoors. Why wouldn’t you with scenery like this!


Role: WALX Coach

I’ve always played sports from a young age and connected to friends, family and nature through physical activity, so it made sense to become firstly a swim coach, tennis coach and personal trainer and now a WALX Leader and Nordic Walking Instructor.

More recently I have watched people close to me struggle with preventable diseases and my interests have naturally developed over the years on how food, fitness, fun, community, sleep, nature and conscious breathing exercises and the environment you surround yourself with all help wellness and longevity.

Imagine working out in nature? What would it feel like and how would things be better if you did?

Chris Pole

Role: WALX Master

I lived in beautiful rural mid Wales until I was twenty which gave me my passion for walking.

This has stayed with me throughout my life as one of the best ways to maintain fitness.

I have worked in the NHS for over 40 years and my background in health has given me the drive to encourage others to be as fit as they can.

I discovered Nordic Walking in 2013 and my goal is to motivate other people to find that walking with poles provides a whole body workout.

Julie Spratley

Role: WALX Master

I have always had a love of the great outdoors and activities connected with it. Walking, mountain biking, trail running, horse riding to name a few. My life is shared with a group of Whippets whom I adore and walk daily in the local countryside, Animals have been in my life from a young age and always will be.

I wanted to become a WALX Instructor in order to help people become fitter and stronger in beautiful surroundings and realise the physical and mental benefits are second to none.

My background is in Fitness Instruction and I am training to be a Level 4 specialist Personal Trainer so I hope to put my skills to good use.

Emma Davies

Role: WALX Guide

Emma has been a Nordic Walking Leader since 2016 when she lived in Wallingford, Oxfordshire and moved to Dorset in 2019. Having continued to enjoy Nordic Walking locally in and around Poole, she decided to become an NWUK instructor in 2020.

She loves being outside regardless of the weather and enjoys walking and talking with others whilst exercising

Justin Moors

Role: WALX Coach

Justin is a WALX weight-loss champion! In 2019, he was very unfit, morbidly obese and suffering from a heart condition, exercise was a dirty word – however after tragically losing his sister to cancer he decided to make positive steps to change his life.
Along with healthy dietary changes, Justin took up Nordic Walking and discovered a passion he never believed he would have had. Becoming a regular walker, he shed a massive 11 stone and attributes much of this incredible success to the benefits of getting out walking with the wonderful people at WALX Dorset.
He is so passionate about Nordic Walking and the role it had in his weight loss journey, that during 2021 he trained first to become a Walk Leader and then onto becoming an Instructor as he is keen to help others facing the same challenges he overcame and discover the Power of Poles.

Carolyne Suttcliffe

Role: WALX Guide

I became interested in Nordic Walking after seeing a demonstration by a local instructor at an exhibition for over 50s some years ago. Since I’ve retired from nursing I’ve had more time to enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. It’s a great way to keep fit, lose weight and general wellbeing while discovering more of our glorious countryside.


Role: WALX Coach

Gilly is an energetic Mum of two who combines her love of walking with her job as a swimming teacher. Gilly teaches Nordic Walking, Functional Fitness, Total Body Walx and Yoga WALX and leads WALX for all levels in and around Blandford and Dorchester.


from members of WALX Dorset

My first walk and i loved it!

My first walk with Gilly today and it was fabulous. Loads of hills that tested me, great company and scenery and fungi. Plenty of laughter and Gilly kept us all on our toes suddenly diverting us onto different paths. Definitely a walk I want to do again. Thank you to Gilly, the 2 Anne's and Bronwyn for making me so welcome


Making friends whilst you get fitter

I started walking with this group in July 2020 and despite lockdowns have become so much fitter (and slimmer), exercising outdoors with other people is fab and you get to see bits of the local area you never knew existed (despite living here all my life!) You will have lots of fun at the same time as getting fitter and making friends‍

Sarah , 61

You get to meet people from all WALX of life!

Nordic Walking was recommended to me after a cancer diagnosis. and I was very lucky to learn to Nordic Walk with Lucie Cormack . She, along with all the other Nordic Walking leaders and instructors always put on a wide variety of interesting walks to suit different levels of stamina and ability. The company is always great and the views are wonderful, even when it’s pouring down (as long as you are dressed appropriately for the weather). People come from all different Walx of life (pardon the pun) so you will never be short of a good conversation or if you prefer, you can happily just enjoy the companionship. Oh and just to add, my health is a lot better for all the exercise and fresh air that I have had since I have been Nordic Walking .‍

Philippa , 65

Wonderful walks and encouragement

Over the years I have tried gym, step, Zumba and more but never felt more at ease than here. There's no stress, no pressure so it's been just great. I have even encouraged 3 people to join, what more can I say!

Diane, 59

So much more than just a Walk!

I started Nordic Walking in July 2018 and fell in love with it straight away.  Why I love it so much is that I have explored some beautiful locations in places I never knew existed and have made some really lovely friends too.  For me, it isn’t just about the walking but the social aspect too.  So it really is a ‘win win’!

Susan, 54

Total Body WALX prepared me for surgery

Just wanted to say how after two months out of action due to surgery I appreciate even more how good Nordic Walking has been for my general fitness, not just legs but upper body also.  All the clinicians I have dealt with in the last few weeks have commented on my rapid recovery and I am sure this has been helped by our Total Body WALX and Nordic WALX.  I hope to be back with you all before too long!!!

Gillian, 69

A Friendly supportive bunch

WALX Dorset are amazing - I go Nordic Walking with a wellness group and we always work hard but at the right level for me. I feel so much better all over and am always glad I went! WE have so much fun that its simply not like EXERCISE!