About Us

Nordic4 is based in Bristol and is taught by Katie Atkins, who, as a fully qualified Instructor, focusses on proper technique and developing a deeper understanding of one’s body and a sense of wellbeing.

Our beautiful walking locations provide stimulating and challenging terrain which can be taken at your own pace. We predominantly teach Nordic Walking on The Downs, Blaise Castle Estate or Ashton Court, however, Nordic4Work can meet you at your work location.

Nordic4 places real importance on the individual, recognising that not all walkers are the same. Katie Atkins adapts lessons and technique so that all walkers can achieve their potential and the variety of teaching sessions offered by Nordic4 reflects this ethos.

Katie Atkins

“Hello, I am Katie and I am the proud founder of Nordic4. I love Nordic Walking, both the technique and the way the rhythm of the walk makes me feel. Teaching walkers in all weathers, taking in the sights, sounds and scents that the different seasons provide just makes me smile! Above all, I love making a positive difference to my walkers, helping them understand how their bodies move, the difference that Nordic Walking can make to their fitness levels and the sense of enjoyment and fulfilment that the walking gives them all, be they young or old."

“As a qualified Nordic Walking instructor and having spent 26 years teaching as a primary teacher with 12 years as a PE specialist (working with mainstream, gifted and talented and SEND pupils) I offer a unique combination of high quality teaching practices and technique based learning. I enjoy thinking of all the different ways to adapt my teaching to enable all walkers to achieve.”

“All of my courses, whether adult, child or teen, have the outcome of ensuring each and every individual fulfils their potential and personal goals. Get in touch to see what Nordic Walking with Nordic4 can do for you.”

Katie’s qualifications: Primary Lead PE Teacher, BA Hons, PGCE, PE Mentor for Wesport, INWA Nordic Walking Instructor, Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Walking (YMCA Award), British Nordic Walking For Children Instructor, Fully Enhanced Nordic4Kids DBS, Outdoor First Aid Qualification, Fully Insured, Certificate in Walking for Parkinson’s Disease (Connect Neuro Physiotherapy and accredited by International Nordic Walking Association)

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“Hello, I am Rachael, a qualified INWA Nordic walking Instructor and I have had the privilege of being involved with Nordic4 since its inception, teaching teens alongside Katie at the weekend. With thirteen years’ experience supporting junior school children in specialisms including Occupational Therapy and Physical Education, I have worked closely with Katie and a number of physiotherapists to help pupils reach their potential. Teaching with an understanding of tailoring lessons to individual needs, has been key to improving the physical strength and general well-being of all pupils enabling me to adapt my Nordic Walking teaching methods to suit children, teens and adults.

"For me, Nordic walking has so many benefits: freedom to exercise out in the fresh air, it takes me away from life’s everyday stresses and strains, gadgets and screens, allowing me to fully appreciate and enjoy the beautiful open spaces around Bristol. I find Nordic walking totally invigorating. It gives me a full body workout, strengthens my core and provides me with a real feeling of improved wellbeing. On a personal level it has helped alleviate back pain, by aligning my body and ensuring correct posture. It has helped with migraine headaches too.

"Nordic walking is definitely addictive and sharing the pleasures and benefits of this sport through teaching others is an absolute privilege!"

Rachael's qualifications: INWA Nordic Walking Instructor, Adult & Children First Aid Qualification, Fully Enhanced Nordic4kids DBS and Fully Insured.

What people said about Katie...

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"You’re a great teacher! You’re knowledgeable & very encouraging, which helps us extend beyond our limits."

H Rolston

"Thank you Katie for getting me this far. You are such an inspirational and patient teacher."

C Gibson