About Us

WALX in the Marches is based at the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which provides our stunning gym without walls here and beyond in the English Marches. Led by Beverley Turner, WALX in the Marches began life in 2016 as Shropshire Hills Nordic Walking, bringing regular Nordic Walking training and group walks to this renowned walking area. Beverley is passionate about the benefits of walking year-round in the great outdoors, and in sharing her love of Nordic Walking in particular. WALX in the Marches welcomes people from every fitness background and none. We would love you to experience green exercise with us in a sociable environment, with poles or without, and to help you on your personal health and fitness journey. Whether you have specific health or fitness goals, or just enjoy a sociable walk for fun, we will have something for you.

So why do we Exercise?

When we find the right exercise to suit our bodies, it makes us feel good, which is why we return to it again and again. Nordic Walking is at the heart of WALX in the Marches. The beauty of this form of walking is that it takes something that we all do anyway and turns it into a highly effective form of total body exercise without it feeling like hard work. In comparison with standard walking, Nordic Walking improves our physical and mental health and fitness to a greater degree, burning more calories and toning our bodies. It takes the weight out of our joints, making us faster and lighter on our feet, improves our posture and movement and cardiovascular health. It is suitable for almost everyone and is fun and sociable.

Nordic Walking in a group setting satisfies all 5 of the recognised ways to Wellbeing: Be Active, Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give. If you want to learn how, then please do ask.

Come and join us and feel the transformative Power of Poles for yourself.

Beverley Turner (WALX Master)

Beverley has been Nordic Walking since 2015. From her first experience of it, she was keen to share her discovery with the world … or her part of it at least! As a result, she trained to become a Nordic Walking Instructor and set up Shropshire Hills Nordic Walking, teaching her first clients in April 2016. Beverley comes from a background in music, administration, and education. Although not from a professional background in fitness, she feels that her experience as a classical musician and private music teacher informs her teaching of Nordic Walking. Good posture is as important for effective Nordic Walking as for playing an instrument or singing. In addition, both disciplines offer a strong sense of connection to others and to the natural world around us, whilst providing a range of wellbeing benefits.
Beverley enjoys getting to know her walkers, and sharing her love for flora and fauna, history, and local knowledge on her walks. She likes mixing with people of all ages and backgrounds and loves learning from others too!
Outside of walking, Beverley has a very busy family life (and has been delighted to have found Nordic Walking as a very efficient and enjoyable form of exercise for the time poor). She has a strong interest in music and the arts, reading, nature and the environment, good food, and health and wellbeing.

Nowela Swanson (WALX Guide)

I gained my passport to Nordic Walking in 2017 and only became a Walk Leader/Guide in February 2020, literally weeks before going in to the Covid 19 lockdown. My working life was in business administration and then running my own small business for 16 years. When I retired, I was determined that I wanted to remain fit and healthy, but the idea of visiting a gym never really appealed. Discovering Beverley’s Nordic Walking Group within an easy commute, was the answer to my love of walking and discovering new areas. I absolutely adore the countryside and being able to feel enveloped in the beauty of nature that surrounds me. Exercising two Labradors, as well as yoga and tennis are other outdoor activities I enjoy. If I can share my beautiful surroundings and convince others of the benefits of walking and with the added bonus of poles, I might just help with the realisation of how you can improve your health and wellbeing.


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