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 “Power of the Poles” 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 also run Wellbeing walks for those who prefer slower paced walks and gentle exercises which aim at helping people who may be de-conditioned or have health concerns and want to stay mobile and active.

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 or pub.

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!

Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca has been Nordic walking since 2017. Being an outdoor person, she first took up Nordic walking in order to improve her fitness levels whilst being out in the fresh air.

She has a background in the travel and tourism industry and having spent many years travelling the world is now settled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. She is passionate about wildlife and the outdoors and supports many conservation projects protecting wildlife both here and overseas.

In September 2020 Rebecca became an accredited instructor and was delighted to take over the running of Winchester Nordic Walking. Her aim is to offer a variety of engaging walks and fitness activities for all abilities.

Sally Wield

Sally is a retired teacher and keen gardener.  She spent years keeping fit in the gym before she discovered Nordic walking and was immediately smitten by the way poling enabled an all over body workout.  In 2020 Sally became an accredited walk leader and now leads some of our main walks.  When she is not leading she is often out looking for new routes and walks for the group to explore.



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 over 2 years since taking early retirement from a managing consultant role and is one of our accredited walk leaders. He lives in Winchester with his wife who is also a passionate Nordic walker.

John Vaughan

John started Nordic Walking when he retired and found a new purpose in life.  He enjoys interacting and sharing with people all that is great and fun about Nordic Walking.  John became an accredited walk leader in the summer of 2020 and leads some of our walks close to Winchester which are for smaller group sizes.  He can also be found helping Stefan and Sally on some of our main walks.


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