Stanway in Colchester

Sports - Nordic walking

On a very blustery Tuesday in early May 2021, 23 ardent Stanway u3a Nordic Walkers ventured away from their usual haunt of Highwoods Country Park. Setting off from Fordham Heath, we headed for West Bergholt and Hillhouse Woods, renowned for its bluebell displays. We were guided by Graham Truluck (yes, he of Walking Rugby fame), who indicated points of interest en route and explained some of the history of the area. Following the walk, several members couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to have lunch together in the very welcoming Cricketers.

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The Nordic Walking Group usually meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Highwoods Country Park in the morning.

'Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective!'

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique that uses poles in a particular way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing. The difference between walking/hiking and Nordic Walking is the use of poles which means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. The poles help to propel you along – this means you work harder than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier.

Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN!

Poles are available to hire, for which there is currently no charge. Places are limited based on the availability of the poles, so booking is essential. Please use the Bluebird Contact button at the side of this page to contact the Group Leader to reserve a place.

Parking in Highwoods Country Park - Please note: Due to recent vandalism problems with the parking machines in the Visitor Centre car park, from 5th August 2021 CBC have decided to remove machines which accept cash.

Henceforth you will only be able to pay for parking by one of the follow methods:

1. Contactless payment by card (please remember to bring your credit or debit card with you);

2. By downloading and using the MiPermit App from the Apple or Google Apps store. You will need the Highwoods location code: 737837;

3. By sending a test message from your mobile to 61600. The test must read PARK, followed by your registration number and the duration of your stay. Eg., send PARK T89DOP 2 hours to 61600

4. By calling 0345 520 7007 calls cost your standard mobile rate.

5. Alternatively, if you regularly walk once or twice a week you may find it worth considering buying a 12 month parking permit which costs £50. For more info visit the CBC website: High Woods Country Park car park · Colchester Borough Council

Parking charges will remain unchanged for the time bring at £1 for 2 hours.

We should expect the parking wardens to be as zealous as ever.

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