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Valleys Nordic Walking

Summary of Group:

Weekly Nordic Walking groups based in and around Ystrad Mynach's Parc Penallta, in the beautiful South Wales Valleys. Nordic Walking is a social sport providing a low-impact, all-over body workout.

Our walkers have a range of ages and fitness levels. Nordic parkwalking at parkrun is encouraged for those who are parkrun-curious!

There is a fee for booking as places are limited and specialist Nordic Walking poles can be provided if needed.



Day: Monday Time: 18:00 Level: Mixed Ability
Location: Caerphilly Council Offices, Tredomen Business Park, Penallta Link Road, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Caerphilly, CF82 7FN Cost: £6.50
Activity: Nordic Walking by Night Gender: Mixed
5k Nordic walk by night on tarmac cycle paths (meeting place and routes change in summer.) Headtorches and hi-viz can be provided along with Nordic Walking poles. Walkers who have their own poles have a discounted fee.


Day: Wednesday Time: 10:00 Level: Mixed Ability
Location: Parc Penallta, Penallta Road, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Caerphilly, CF82 7GN Cost: £6.50
Activity: Nordic Walking Gender: Mixed
A walk of up to 4-5k on variable terrain, trails and hills. Nordic Walking poles can be provided and walkers who have their own poles have a discounted fee.



Beginners Workshops: new walkers must firstly attend a Beginners Workshop to learn the basic Nordic Walking technique. There are held roughly monthly (depending on demand/interest) on Saturdays (after parkrun!).

Weekly groups are: Monday evenings 18:00 - 19:30pm and Wednesday mornings 10:00 - 11:30am.

Organised group parkrun sessions arranged every month/few months.




Sian Harris, Group Leader
I discovered Nordic Walking in 2014 after a period of ill-health and was amazed to find how quickly my fitness and both physical and mental health improved with regular Nordic Walking. I became a fully qualified and insured INWA (International Nordic Walking Federation) and British Nordic Walking Instructor in 2016 and founded Valleys Nordic Walking in that year. I have a passion for Nordic Walking at parkrun and have walked over 170 parkruns, volunteered over 100 times, and have completed 10k and half-marathon distance Nordic Walking events. My mission is to spread the Nordic Walking love!