About Us

Winchester Nordic Walking is a friendly and welcoming group of Nordic Walkers who love exercising outdoors, discovering the beautiful surrounding Hampshire countryside and enjoying each others company.

At Winchester Nordic Walking, we help you on your Nordic Walking journey by providing tasters and trial lessons so that you get the chance to feel for what it is like to Nordic Walk and we run beginners “Learn to Nordic Walk” courses for all levels of fitness to equip you to Nordic Walk on your own or in groups.

We aim at leading walks for everyone so we run group walks of various lengths and pace so that you can find one that suits you best.

Our Adventure Walks are chosen carefully so that you get to explore the wide variety of landscapes and scenery in the beautiful surrounding Hampshire countryside and see how they change with the seasons. We run Wellbeing walks for those who prefer slower paced walks and gentle exercises which aim at helping people who may be deconditioned or have health concerns and want to stay mobile and active. And as we have St Catherine’s Hill on our doorstep, we take on the hills in our fast paced Workout Walks that are aimed at the fitter individual.

You can dash off after a walk but there is also the opportunity to extend the social time together, so we often end the walks at a coffee shop and every term, we organise a pub lunch after a lovely walk.

Mainly, we are hooked on Nordic Walking, we get fit, feel good, have a lot of fun, discover the seasons, and form good friendships. Come and try it for yourself, but be careful, you might get hooked too!

Christiane Livingston

Christiane Livingston has been Nordic Walking instructor for over 8 years and her enthusiasm for Nordic Walking is renewed daily as she helps people get active, fitter and healthier and sees groups of friendship and support form.

When her long distance running days came to an end, she sought another form of exercise that would give her the pleasure of being outdoors and the buzz of her running days. Nordic Walking was a revelation and she has not looked back since. She believes that it is the most ‘sustainable’ form of exercise as it is such a gentle yet efficient way of getting fit and staying active.

In a previous life, Christiane was a Management Consultant and she worked on various projects round Europe, but was very desk bound which gave her itchy feet. She cannot believe that her office is now the rolling hills and green fields of Hampshire. As Christiane is French, you can test your conversational skills with her, an added bonus on the walks!

Christiane is also a keen tennis player and was a single handicap golfer in her youth which explains her love of being active outdoors. She has a keen interest in mindfulness and cognitive behaviour and is fascinated by the relationship between mind and body. She has observed the effect that Nordic Walking has not only on the body but also on the wellbeing of the person as a whole and this is often confirmed when people have big smiles on their faces at the end of a Nordic Walking session.

Vanessa Crookes

About 5 years ago Vanessa was told by her neurosurgeon never to run again, which was devastating news to her. “My passion was cross country running and I was moving into triathlons when I suffered a second slipped disk”. After barely being able to walk and months of rehabilitation Vanessa slowly started walking and then found out about Nordic walking … and … well … like everyone fell in love with it!!  Once fully fit Vanessa widened her Nordic walking activities to include long distance walking and hiking, having now walked widely in the UK and also in Morocco (the Toukbal mountains) and Europe.

Vanessa continues to lead a very corporate life, commuting to London where she works in an international law firm as an IT Consultant.  When she is not working her other outdoor activities are tennis, cardio tennis, hiking and cycling, complimenting these with indoor activities such as swimming and barre concept (think in terms of ballet boot camp!).

Vanessa sees good health not just about being physically fit, but sees “good health” as being in all round shape emotionally, mentally and physically.

Over the years Vanessa has done many walking challenges and frequently takes part in 26 mile walking marathons raising money for charity.  “It is my aim to take on some ultra walks, 32 miles plus and I know Nordic walking and training will help me achieve this…” says Vanessa.

Stefan Trebacz

Stefan has been involved in the great outdoors for a long time, for the last 10 years he has been the group scout leader at the 11th Winchester scouts. He has planned led and been involved in many hikes both locally and in the lake and peak districts as well as Dartmoor. He holds a first aid certificate and is also a training adviser for other leaders and adult roles in scouting
Stefan has been Nordic walking for eight months since taking early retirement from a managing consultant role and has recently become an accredited walk leader. He lives in Winchester with his wife who is also a passionate Nordic walker

Rebecca Simpson

I have a background of over 15 years in the travel and tourism industry, where I have worked in various roles including marketing, customer service, and itinerary/event planning.

Having spent many years living in London, I craved being back in the countryside and moved to Hampshire 4 years ago where I now reside on a farm surrounded by fields and a few animals.

I am passionate about wildlife, the environment and being outdoors and support many conservation projects protecting wildlife here and overseas.

Being an outdoor person, I first joined Winchester Nordic Walking in order to improve my fitness levels out in the open. I have been Nordic Walking for nearly 3 years and enjoy the social and health benefits it brings.

I am very excited to be leading Winchester Nordic Walking from this Autumn 2020 and my aim is to continue to offer engaging walks and fitness activities and events for all abilities.

John Vaughan

Since retiring, I started Nordic Walking and found it positive on so many levels. I have made many new friends and found a new purpose in life.

Interacting and helping people gives me a lift and I hope I can give something back by being a walk leader and sharing with people all that is great and fun about Nordic Walking.


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