Peak District Nordic Walking Festival

Tissington 4th - 5th May 2018

New for 2018 The Rustick mini festival is a 2 day event in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Join the NWUK team for technique workshops, equipment reviews and social fun at the exclusive Tissington Hall a Jacobean manor House that sits within its own idyllic Village and Estate. Based just outside Ashbourne, this stunning Estate is the perfect gateway to walks in areas of outstanding beauty such as the iconic Dovedale and of course the Tissington trail itself.

Locally based NWUK Instructors will lead a range of walks for all levels in the surrounding Dales and Peaks so whether you can join us for one day or two, you will get to see the best of this amazing area.

Rustick Social Ticket

Access to Hub and Learn to Classes
from £10.00/per day
  • Access to Festival Hub
  • Social BBQ (Friday)
  • Book Tasters and Learn to classes
  • Book Guided Walks
  • Book Workshops
  • More details to follow


Our local Instructors are busy mapping out the walks and more information will be available in the New year but here’s a taste of what we will have on offer

Ilam and the Stepping stones walk

Dovedale is a stunning valley formed by the River Dove as it forged its way through Limestone rocks creating caves where fossils can be seen in the rocks. Now under the care of the National Trust this wild landscape is full of wildlife and rare flowers. The famous stepping stones cross the River adding interest to this stunning 6 mile loop which starts at the stunning Ilam Estate.

Tissington Trail – gentle walk

Using the famous trail created on the remains of the old railway line, this walk is flat, great underfoot and ideal for those who want to explore the area without taxing themselves too hard. This walk comes with an optional exclusive Tour of Tissington Hall led by the owner Sir Richard FitzHerbert Bt and the chance to explore the idyllic Village with its cluster of rustic shops and tearoom

Historical trail to Ashbourne

A Historical trail to the picturesque Market Town of Ashbourne which nestles on the edge of the Peak District National Park and is full of interest. Discover links with Shakespeare, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the worlds longest Inn sign as you walk along Roman Roads and through the ancient streets where Tub Thumpers (Barrel Makers) and Butchers plied their trades.

Breakfast Walk

Explore the Saxon Village of Alstonefield and Welton on a stunning 7 mile walks that culminates in Breakfast at the rustic George Inn on the Village Green.

RUSTICK Workshops

Here’s a taste of what we will have on offer – more details to follow soon.

Ski Fit

Join the NWUK Ski fitness specialist Nicky Parsons to master the essential elements of fitness required to make skiing enjoyable and less painful!

Nicky will show you why you need to work on balance, weight transfer, stamina, flexibility and endurance if you want to maximise your time on slopes and be able to stay awake in order to enjoy the apres ski!

Advanced Technique Workshop

Join the NWUK Tutor team and learn how to get the most form Nordic Walking technique.

Be amazed at how a few tweaks to your technique will provide an  immediate difference to your speed and comfort plus long term improvements to posture and results.

Duration: 1 hour

POLE’ATES (Pilates with Poles)

Join NWUK Tutor and Delivery Partner Becki for a one hour workshop that incorporates the postural and core exercises usually performed indoors into an effective outdoor workout with Poles!

Take the chance to take a breath, move, and simply enjoy being outdoors. This Pilates based class incorporates the Nordic Walking poles by using them to provide stability, resistance, and challenge to Pilates exercises. The class is suitable for complete beginners through to those with experience as the instructor offers adaptations for exercises to enable you to work at a level which is right for your body. This 1 hour class finishes with a short Nordic relaxation walk taking in the sights, sounds, and fragrances of the area.

A lovely combination of gentle but effective exercises that will compliment nordic walking and provide you with the skill to maximise your poles forever more!

Duration: 1 hour

Mindful Walk and Workshop

Join our Mindfulness expert for a workshop in which you will learn some basic mindful techniques.

Learn how to switch off the noise of the world and reconnect with your body and nature.

This enlightening workshop culminates with a mindful walk in a stunning location. What better way to put the techniques into practice.

Duration: 1.5  hours

The Power of Purple – join our team!

The NWUK community is rapidly expanding across the UK and there are opportunities for YOU to become more involved.

freedom-passports-smallOur vision is to create the largest and friendliest exercise club in the UK where everybody can join in at any level, anywhere! As you can imagine, that’s a tall order and we need more INSTRUCTORS, LEADERS and EVENT VOLUNTEERS to help us achieve it.

FREEDOM Programme and Passport process plus how we desperately need more Instructors and groups to get involved – So whether you fancy setting up a group, leading the occasional walk or representing NWUK locally or regionally we want to hear from you!

Ultimate Nordic Circuits

Want to up the ante with your nordic walking? This class will certainly add another dimension to the workout gained from your poles.

ultimate-nordic-circuitsNot for the faint hearted, this workout class will have you pushing pulling lifting and puffing as you add resistance and strength exercises to a circuit based nordic walk!

Speed drills and functional exercises are included in the NWUK ultimate nordic format which is fast furious but a lot of fun too.

Duration: 1 hours

Conversion Courses

Are you a regular nordic walker but have never gained your NWUK FREEDOM passport?

These 1.5 hour conversion sessions will bring you bang up to speed on the latest 4 gear technique method so you can book on line and participate in our massive programme of walks across the UK. Passport also provides FREE membership of Nordic Walking UK.

Note this session is NOT suitable for beginners and the Instructor will advise within first 15 mins if they think you would benefit form a full tuition course.  

Duration: 1.5 hours

FREEDOM Passport beginners course

For those NEW to Nordic Walking, we have the opportunity to come and learn at the Festival and to gain the FREEDOM passport. You will be able to join the NWUK experts for a Fast Track tuition courses conducted over two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning with access to suitable walks during the afternoon.

You will do your tuition sessions at 9.30 on the Friday and Saturday and be able to participate in any sessions on the Saturday pm (subject to gaining the passport).

Places are limited on these courses – to book please register for your selected days and add on the beginners PASSPORT package (£10.00).

Equipment Advice workshop

Want to understand everything there is to know about Nordic Walking poles, shoes and gadgets? Our retail team will be on hand to help you to appreciate pole research and development and they will be showcasing innovations such as the Lesu paws and latest kit.

Come and feel the difference between carbon and composites, try a range of paws and find out why certain shoes make your nordic walking experience more effective.

This is your chance to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask plus learn how to maintain and add to your nordic walking kit.

Duration: 1 hour

Pole Walking for Rehabilitation

This session is for NW Instructors, Physios and professionals interested in pole walking in a clinical or rehabilitation setting.

Join our rehab specialists to look into the adaptation of pole walking and why strapless poles are proving to be highly effective. Following extensive work with partners in the fields of falls prevention, neurological disorders, stroke rehabilitation and other conditions, NWUK now often find these poles are preferable to the typical nordic walking pole which the participant is strapped into.

This workshop explores this rationale which is based on features such as the ergonomic easy grip handle, postural/balance support, shorter learning curve and the risk of complications in the event of a fall.

Show us your SMOOVES!

Have you ever SMOOVED? If not here’s your chance to experience the invigorating feeling provided by these rings which vibrate as you move them and also provide resistance!

Come and try some of the basic ‘Smooves’ which you can incorporate into walks or as a daily whole body regime. Originally designed as a tool for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease because they are great for encouraging movement and neuro receptors, they are now a recognised effective fitness tool for all levels.

Speed Hiking Workshop

What is speed hiking? This workshop will explain how it differs from Trail running and Nordic Walking plus look at how to utilise poles to cover ground at speed.

Whether that is running on the flat, climbing a tough hill, bounding over rough terrain or skipping down a slope! This NEW and exciting sport is gaining traction all over Europe and is spot on for the Nordic Walker who wants to combine their NW technique with the freedom of running or increasing speed from optimum walking pace on occasion.

Peak Districk Nordic Walking Festival

4th - 5th May 2018
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