About Us – WALX Coast and Country


We are pleased to announce we are back out and walking again. Social distancing rules must be adhered to but we can go out again in groups.


We are an open air Health Club without walls. We enjoy getting fit and healthy by using Nordic Walking and other related activities in the beautiful West Sussex countryside and beaches. We are a social club who enjoy being active together as well as sharing a cuppa and a chat.

WALX Coast and Country deliver a large variety of outdoor training activities and fitness sessions, it is not just walking. Denise and her team deliver walks catering for different abilities and experience as well as outdoor fitness classes including circuits, toning classes as well as Yoga and Tai Chi. The workout sessions are effective and motivating. A whole body workout is achieved and clients have seen some fantastic results.


Coast and Country cater for individuals who want a whole body workout. Walking with poles is a large part of our programmes as it is more effective than regular walking. Using the poles brings in the use of the upper-body muscles.

Our NORDIC WALX programme includes Nordic walks range from 1-hour to more strenuous sessions lasting 2 –hours plus. There is a monthly long walk of 10 miles. Please note, NORDIC WALX require a Freedom Passport activation code.

We also run Wellbeing Nordic WALX which include walking with poles and exercises challenging balance, coordination and strength.


There is a wellness programme for individuals who need a slower session. Diana Drawbridge specialises in working with people with neurological conditions and runs regular classes for people with Parkinson’s’ and problems with mobility.

Wellness sessions also include YOGA WALX as well as Tai Chi. Class that will work on your balance and core and also relax the mind.

All Coast and Country instructors have a love for the great outdoors and believe participating in Nordic walking and outdoor exercise classes is the best way to achieve fitness goals and have fun.


Coast and Country run walks that are open to walking with or without poles. These sessions are open to everyone who books; you do not need a Passport to come and join us. Explorer WALX are at a comfortable pace, they are very social and might include a coffee shop or pub stop.


How to get started walking with poles:


You can book straight on to a short induction course to learn the full technique.The training is in x2 90-minute separate courses. Power of Poles Part 1 is compulsory and Power of Poles Part 2 is optional. 


Power of Poles Part 1 Nordic WALX Technique Course 

Learn the technique or walking with poles. You will learn gears 1 and 2 and how to double pole. We use un-strapped poles to learn the actual technique. At the end of the session you will be presented with your Freedom passport, which will allow you to join in regular classes and walks.

The Power of Poles Nordic WALX Part 1 Technique Course is 90 minutes in duration and costs £20.00


Power of Poles Part 2 Nordic WALX Advanced Technique Course 

The Advanced course is optional. We cover the technique of walking with strapped poles. If you are looking to train your fitness with more intensity we recommend you do the advanced technique session. We build on the first course and introduce gears 3 and 4.

The Power of Poles Part 2 Nordic WALX Advanced Course is 90 minutes in duration and costs £20.00


All new members receive 2 free walks with WALX Coast and Country.

Venues for Tasters and Induction Courses are:

  • Littlehampton
  • Ferring
  • Houghton
  • Goring
  • Crawley
  • Haywards Heath
  • Hassocks
  • East Grinstead



There are drop in sessions run on a regular basis for each of the different types of sessions we run. You do need to book in advance and arrive 15 minutes early.


Already Nordic walker?

If you’ve got your NWUK Freedom Passport but not Nordic walked for a while why not contact me for a one off Technique Refresher lesson before joining our regular walks


If you have previously learnt to Nordic Walk but not covered the gears we can arrange a one off Conversion lesson so that you can obtain your Freedom Passport.   



You can choose from our programme of regular walks and classes.  Where possible walks will start or finish with a social visit to a cafe for a drink and a chat. In the summer months we have occasional pub walks, a picnic walk and a BBQ.



We run regular virtual classes most days of the week. These sessions include Aerobic’s, Legs, Bum and Tums, HIT and Yoga. You can access these classes from the comfort of your own home.


  • Drop in WALX – £5 to £7
  • Power of Poles Part 1 Nordic WALX Technique Course – £19
  • Power of Poles Part 2 Nordic WALX Advanced Technique Course – £19
  • Virtual classes range from £3.50 to £5.00
  • Regular walks for Freedom Passport holders with Coast and Country Nordic Walking cost £7.00 a pay as you go basis.
  • Or top up your account by £50 or £100 and save 15% on the price of regular walks, which brings it down to £5.95 a walk/class.
  • Or sign up to the great value £22 monthly Direct Debit unlimited option which means you can walk as many times a month as you want with our group on regular walks for £22.
  • The DD option also allows you to walk once a month for free with as many other participating WALX instructors as you. This excludes any of their no discount walks or special events. If you walk with another instructor more than once a month you’ll get up to 20% off the price of their regular walks. Ensure you read the full terms and conditions before signing up.

If you’ve any questions give me a call on 07702067812 or email denise@walxcoastandcountry.co.uk

So, what are you waiting for? Come and try something new, you know you want to!

Denise Page – WALX Master

I decided it was time to change my life, so gave up a corporate position to go and live by the sea and get my life back. No more long hours commuting and time to enjoy being outside. I have always preferred exercising in the fresh air and decided it was time to share my passion.

Since moving to Littlehampton in May 2016  I have met some wonderful people as being active outside is so sociable. I have got to know the area extremely well and found some hidden gems; there are some wonderful walks and places to explore. We have beautiful countryside as well as miles of stunning coastline in Sussex.

I have been in the fitness industry for 28 years and have taught many forms of exercise. I particularly enjoy teaching outside sessions, specifically walking with poles as I find it to be the most social and fun form of exercise I have ever been involved in. It is also kind on my body.

I enjoy running but am beginning to find it hard on my joints. Using poles for running and walking helps me stay fit with less impact on the knees.

I have a wealth of experience teaching all levels of fitness and strongly believe that if activity is fun it does not feel like exercise.

Not only am I the WALX Coast and Country Master trainer I also train others WALX instructors and play a key part in designing the WALX curriculum.

Liz Skelcher – WALX Coach

I started Nordic Walking in May 2017 when I found the Littlehampton group. I live in Worthing and I have met some great friends through Nordic Walking, I really look forward to all the walks I do, nothing like catching up on the gossip – we spend most of our time laughing together. I am hooked on Nordic Walking and there are plenty of walks to choose from. I am also a keen birdwatcher and I run the monthly bird watching as part of the Explorer WALX at our local RSPB Reserve (Pulborough Brooks) – the combination of being able to be active with the Littlehampton Gang and share my passion for bird watching is brilliant!

I agreed to be a Walk soon after I started and now I’ve qualified as a WALX Coach. As my Nordic Walking journey continues, I can feel myself getting fitter, stronger and more relaxed. I’ve had a few ups & downs in life so far and finding Nordic Walking has helped my personal levels of wellbeing and happiness more than I ever could of imagined. I look forward to welcoming you into our wonderful group soon!

I also teach Wellness WALX and Total Body WALX.

Personal Training with Liz

Do you need Accountability? Enthusiasm? Inspiration? Fun?

Then, you’re in the right place!

I am offering outdoor personal training sessions, which will provide an individualised programme for you to follow.  This service will be focused on your goals and provide you with accountability to be able to move forwards with your own fitness.

Why choose me?

I have a degree in PE and Sports Science from Loughborough University, I’m a teacher, a life coach, a clinical hypnotherapist and, of course, a Nordic Walking Instructor.

My passion for fitness has been totally re-inspired by Nordic walking since May 2017.  The joy of being outdoors in our wonderful Sussex countryside with like-minded people, in a welcoming and challenging environment, is a life experience that I hope to be a part of for years to come.

Since my recent battle with cancer, my levels of understanding of how Nordic walking and being outside can play a massive role in staying positive and taking rehab one step at a time, whilst being surrounded by the support of others, has and continues to be a very humbling experience.

This experience has inspired me to offer personal outdoor training on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis. The sessions will be completely inclusive, it does not matter what level you are starting out at we will work together to enable you to keep or improve your level of fitness.

Donald Nell – WALX Coach

I first started Nordic Walking as a safe way to aid recovery from a torn Achilles Tendon and osteoarthritis. With quick results I have gone on to participate in a number of half marathons and charity walks.

My Nordic Walking gives me a sense of mental alertness and vigour, even on days when I’m not feeling my best. Literally, a spring in my step! After long hours working, there is nothing I enjoy more than the freedom of the outdoors in the company of my fellow Nordic walkers.

The physical strength I have gained from Nordic Walking means I am totally pain free. My muscles are more toned, and I am fitter than I have ever been before.

I decided to become a WALX Coach so I can share my positive mental and physical benefits with others. I use my experience in the military, classical dance and figure skating to teach the benefits of good posture and technique to get best results. I believe in a harmony of fun and effort to promote physical and mental wellbeing.

Mandy Border – WALX Coach

I decided to become a WALX Coach because I wanted to get out and meet new people in the big outdoors, go exploring surrounded by wildlife and share those experiences with others. Being outside exercising, in any weather, helped to brighten my day and left me with a happy calmness that I never quite got in any other environment.

A big factor was picking up injuries just because I was sat still most of the day at a desk – the more supple I became again and I realised that not only did I not want to have a sedentary lifestyle any more, it was actually harming my health. The road back to healthy joints, ligaments and muscles was, happily, easier for me than others but I’m here to help anyone of any ability improve their all round fitness whatever that is for them.

I enjoy teaching Nordic WALX as well as Total Body WALX.

Personal Training with Mandy

I am offering outdoor personal training sessions which will provide an individualised programme for you to follow.  This service will be focused on your goals and provide you with accountability to be able to move forwards with your own fitness.

Why choose me?

I am a qualified personal Trainer with a wealth of experience. I specialise in outdoor fitness and have supported many clients with achieving their sport and health goals.

The PT sessions all take place in beautiful outdoor settings.

These sessions will target improvements in strength, flexibility and core so that you can enjoy our walks and events with confidence and a smile.  You will experience real health benefits which will make everyday tasks easy.

These sessions are open for all abilities, suitable for absolute beginners up to those who are aiming for specific events.

Heather Cord – WALX Coach

I have always enjoyed being active, having been a keen runner, specifically cross country.

Over the years I have had injuries, Nordic Walking allows me to keep active without impact which has really benefited the health of my joints.

Having always been interested in wild flowers and nature in general; Nordic Walking allows me to enjoy these and the changing seasons.

Nordic Walking helps me to stay fit at the same time feel the benefits of spending time in the fresh air. It is the first activity which I have met so many nice people with diverse interests and backgrounds.

I have recently decided to change my career to something I truly enjoy. I decided to start my own group because I want others to feel the same benefits as myself and experience the same enjoyment.

As well as teaching the Nordic WALX I enjoy teaching the Wellness and Total Body WALX.

Katie Horsley-Page -WALX Coach

I have a real passion for exercise and training in the outdoors. I have always enjoyed walking, especially with my dog in the countryside, so when I was introduced to Nordic Walking I took to it straight away.
Nordic Walking is great for your physical health but I also  appreciate how good it is for your mental health. You can benefit from being in the fresh air as well as the social aspect.
One of my favorite walks is Ditchling Beacon, with the lovely views of the South Downs, but I still I have so much more of the Downs to explore.

I have a background in YOGA and designed the YOGA WALX programme for Exercise Anywhere.

Yoga in the outdoors environment brings a whole new feeling of relaxation and wellbeing.


Jon Horsley-Page – WALX Guide

I grew up walking the moors and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. Whether is was taking in the beautiful scenery, putting my body through its paces or laughing with my friends I always had a big smile on my face.

With that same enthusiasm I took up Nordic Walking when I moved down south and it’s something that has brought me such joy.

It’s easy to learn the basics, is accessible to all ages and abilities, but most importantly it’s fun to walk together and make friends.

I enjoy teaching the Nordic WALX.

Pauline Jones – WALX Guide

Since joining the Coast and Country WALX group  I have been introduced to walking in many places by the sea and in the countryside. There is something different to experience on every walk, and being able to exercise outdoors with other people enjoying their company and nature is brilliant.

I have enjoyed entering some local events and recently completed the Beachy Head Marathon, which was an amazing experience.

I lead a variety of of Nordic WALX and Total Body WALX.

Lesley Hinton -WALX Guide

I started Nordic Walking with the Littlehampton group in January 2018. Having tried the obligatory gym membership, I realised this wasn’t for me but I wanted to find a different way of exercising to get fit. Joining the group has by far exceeded my expectations. As well as feeling fitter than ever, I have met so many fantastic people and made many great friends.

The great thing about Nordic Walking is that you can exercise, chat and have such a laugh all at the same time! As I work as a nurse and Resuscitation Practioner, there is nothing better than being out in the fresh air either walking along the beach or in the Sussex countryside with your friends by your side – a brilliant de-stressor!

My greatest achievement so far has been walking 20 miles in the St Barnabas Night to Remember walk with the group. I have also completed the Chichester half marathon as a Nordic Walker for the second year running. My next goal is the Beachy Head marathon.

Mary-Jane Newman – WALX Guide

I really enjoy being outdoors and keeping active. I worked in education but now that I’ve stopped working, I’m fortunate to be able to get outside more during the week. In my younger days I did a lot of running and more recently loved doing Boot Camp, but my knees can’t cope with that now! For me, Nordic Walking is great all round exercise, especially with some of the Total Body WALX which add even more variety. I joined the group in 2016 and my fitness levels have definitely improved. The group is very friendly and supportive; no matter what your fitness level everyone can exercise at their own pace and you get lots of encouragement. There’s lots of chatting during the sessions so it’s a very sociable way of exercising. We are also fortunate to have some beautiful places to walk and take in the fresh air – what more could you want?

I enjoy leading the Nordic WALX sessions, I have a lot of fun.

Diana Drawbridge – WALX Guide

I have been qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist for 39 years. Initially I worked in a number of different acute hospital settings, but for over 20 years I worked in local NHS Worthing Community Teams, specializing in treating Neurological patients. I have specialists most recently in treating people with Parkinson’s disease.

I’m now retired from the NHS and work as a Private Physiotherapist. I treat clients in their own homes; and I also instruct a weekly exercise class in Worthing and a monthly Washington class for the  local Parkinson’s UK branch.

Nordic walking for people with Neurological disease

I want to enable people with reduced mobility as a result of Parkinson’s disease, and other Neurological conditions, to have the benefit of experiencing Nordic walking to help them to improve their stamina and ability to walk further. Also to give them the opportunity of getting outside to walk more regularly, and to experience the benefits of walking in a group.

The benefits of Nordic walking are many. Here are some that are more specific for Parkinson’s disease.

  • it allows for more fluid movement
  • helps to loosen stiff joints and strengthen muscles
  • it promotes better posture by improving core strength
  • encourages arm swing during walking
  • promotes a more rhythmical and reciprocal gait pattern
  • increases aerobic activity
  • it improves balance
  • it may increase walking speed
  • enables people to walk further outside, and to socialise.

I teach the ACTIVATOR/RE-HAB class as part of the Wellness WALX programme.

Richard Dickinson – WALX Guide


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