WALX Ver Valley

WALX Ver Valley

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WALX VerValley is an outdoor exercise club with Nordic walking at its heart. Based in St Albans we deliver a varied programme of Nordic and Explorer WALX alongside the Total Body WALX workouts and the more gentle intensity Wellness and Yoga WALX. We want to offer something to suit everyone, of all ages, and for all abilities, whether its personal weight loss or fitness goals, we are here to help you achieve those goals. At WALX Ver Valley we share our love of the outdoors to create a fun walking group who are passionate about being active and who enjoy exploring new pathways around the beautiful St. Albans and Hertfordshire countryside.


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

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Supporting Local Charity Earthworks in 2022

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Regularly walking at Highfield Park we came to know about a charity, Earthworks St Albans based at Hixbury Lane. As a group it has always been important to support local charities  and it seemed a natural choice to get involved with Earthworks. Here’s What Earthworks do We support people with learning disabilities – known as […]


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Nocturnal Explorer WALX

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  Do you walk under a star lit sky ? Watch a sunset or sunrise? Feel and hear the crunch of the frost beneath your feet? The sensation of the wind and rain on your skin? Experience the world of shadows  and reflections on water and wonder at the moon. Walking at night is great […]


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Variety is the Spice of Life

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We love to add different Explorer WALX to our timetable, whether it is discovering the local countryside or learning about the rich history of our Cathedral city of St Albans or the many tales woven into the fabric of our villages and towns. Explorer WALX, History WALX and the monthly photography WALX where we get […]


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Meet the Team

Sharon Walsh

Role: WALX Master

After surgery for breast cancer in 2012, I was looking to find an exercise that didn’t involve the gym and came across Nordic walking and I was hooked from the out set. Straight away I could feel the positive effect that Nordic walking has, not only on the body, but on my mental wellbeing as well.

I became stronger and more confident. It is incredibly therapeutic walking in a group, making new friends whilst enjoying being out in the lovely countryside, and exploring previously unknown routes.
In 2016 I trained to become a Nordic walking Instructor and enrolled in a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course, finishing the graduates coaching. I now enjoy delivering a varied WALX Programme around St Albans.

As an Instructor I hope to bring the same love of Nordic walking and exercising outdoors to others. It is a fantastic way to help lead a healthy, active, and happy life.

Trudy Reynolds

Role: WALX Guide

“Trudy will be leading some of our regular Nordic WALX during the week and providing cover.

Originating from rural Ireland, I was always surrounded by beautiful scenery on the Donegal coast where I grew up. I have always loved the great outdoors and loved our coastal walks at home. Coming to Hertfordshire and taking semi retirement allowed me to find a new local venture to satisfy my love of the great outdoors. Since joining the local Nordic walking group I have experienced and developed an appreciation of the local environment and scenery that StAlbans area has to offer, right here on our doorstep. Becoming a walk leader I have made lots of new wonderful friends and together we strive to explore new areas while facing the challenge of keeping fit and healthy what ever the weather.

Pam Taylor

Role: WALX Coach

I have always enjoyed being outdoors.
I have been a Girl Guide Leader for many years, organising camping and narrowboat holidays where I shared my love of the outdoors with the girls.
I decided to try Nordic Walking after seeing an advert in my local paper and thought that it might be the right exercise for me as I hate the gym. That was over 7 years ago so I think that I made the right choice. I have progressed from a Walk Leader to an Instructor. I enjoy the social interaction with the other walkers and helping them to develop their fitness both physically and mentally, while enjoying the countryside in the St Albans area.

Testimonials

from members of WALX Ver Valley

Social Outdoor Exercise

When I retired 5 years ago I was looking for ways to ensure I could get regular outdoor exercise and hopefully with a social element as well. When I saw an advert for the Nordic Walking group at Westminster Lodge it seemed like it might fit the bill. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the initial sessions to learn the correct technique and signed up for regular classes immediately.  All the people I have met have been very friendly and I always look forward to the walks. There are a wide variety of sessions and locations and they have taken me out to parts of the countryside I hadn’t previously explored. Nordic Walking has been an excellent way to keep fit even with the Covid restrictions as we are always outside and can keep 2m apart. Even in the middle of a global pandemic I managed 34 walks in 2021 between lockdowns.    

Derek Chelley

Feeling the Benefits of Total Body Walx

Sharon's total body walks are so much more than just "a walk" They are a walk in great company with like minded people and in beautiful surroundings and I really feel the benefit of it after every walk. Apart from learning the art of proper nordic walking which burns more calories than ordinary walking, I also enjoy the various strength exercises so it is an overall body workout without it being over strenuous and you definitely feel energised afterwards. Sharon is a brilliant and patient instructor explaining and demonstrating every move with great attention to technique and I really look forward to my Wednesday morning walk with Sharon from one week to the next. I'm on Sharon's monthly direct debit system which is incredible value as it give me unlimited access to any of her or her instructors' walks and I really cannot recommend it highly enough.

Tony Weiss

Benefits of Total Body Walking

The cardio benefits of the total body WALX delivered professionally by Sharon together with an explorer WALX weekly are a perfect combination. They have transformed my health status after a sedentary start to retirement and lockdown with aches and pains to a good state of pain free fitness. Sharon has an in depth knowledge of what is needed to achieve and maintain fitness for people of all ages.

Jacqui Sander

Explorer Walx

Walx has opened my eyes to the beautiful countryside around St Albans and I really value the compansionship of such friendly people to enjoy it with.

Sally Andrews

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