About Us

Chase Nordic Walking is your gateway to health and fitness delivered in the picturesque Cannock Chase and surrounding woodlands. Nordic Walking is a unique way to exercise that everyone can do with a variety of training intensities that will help you achieve your goals. We recognise that everyone wants something different, whether you are simply out for a gentle social walk ending at a café or pub or a high intensity workout walk we can cater for all levels of fitness and goals.

Our classes are fun and enjoyable and are designed to get you fitter and more active, more often. Chase Nordic Walking is delivered by Jon Wood who is passionate about helping people to become as healthy, mobile and disease proof as they can be. One of his favourite mantras is to ‘Strive for progress and not perfection’ so let’s start your journey today and see how much fun we can have as we take you along your journey. It doesn’t matter how slow you go you will always lap the person sat on the couch!

Jon Wood – Qualified Instructor

A keen sportsman in his younger days Jon has also completed 35 years pounding the keyboard as an IT professional.

Jon began Nordic Walking 3 years ago and found the structure, sociability and low impact exercise a rewarding way to keep fit. He is a qualified Nordic Walking UK instructor and relishes having Cannock Chase and its surrounding areas as his place of work.

Outdoor exercise is so rewarding. We have a connection to people, we want to help each other and share in one another’s successes, and this is the fundamental reason that Chase Nordic Walking exists. This is where we connect to each other as well as nature and our surroundings, this is when we exercise the mind and stress truly subsides. Your inspiration will come from each other and the camaraderie will help you achieve more than you ever thought possible.

Exercising outside is a completely addictive experience, which is rarely hampered by the weather and there is a certain increased sense of achievement when you return from a session in the snow and rain.  Our office, your playground will change you in many ways and we guarantee they will all be positive whilst being fun and enjoyable.

Pam Whitehouse – Qualified Walk Leader

Pam has always enjoyed being outdoors as she was brought up on a farm and spent her youth horse riding across fields and lanes. Since leaving home to go to university Pam has continued to enjoy the outdoors and after moving to Cannock in the 1980s has been a regular walker and runner on Cannock Chase. The Chase is so changeable with the seasons there is always something new to see and so many paths and routes that you can never get bored there.
After 35 years in education, Pam retired from full-time work in the summer of 2019 but wanted to utilise her skills of motivating people to achieve more than they thought they could. After completing a Nordic walking course she felt that there were a lot of benefits to Nordic walking-the mental well being of exercising outdoors and the social side, meeting local people who all have their own reasons for taking part in Nordic walking. When the opportunity came to train as a walk leader Pam decided that this would be her opportunity to enjoy herself but also to “give back”. She would love you to join her on her walks

Frank Costa – Qualified Walk Leader

Having achieved a ‘Walking for Health’ leader in 2019 which includes walks that are free, sociable and easily accessible for most people, I then considered Nordic Walking as a great opportunity for improving my health as the poles help with stability and reduces pressure on the joints.

Having learned Nordic Walking, I realised that many people would improve their health, like myself and being in a forest is good for your mental health also. So regular walks can increase your life expectancy, improve the strength of our muscles and bones, reduce our blood pressure and increases our level of ‘good’ cholesterol.


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