Nordic4Teens (School Years Y7-Y13 / Ages 11-18)

(5 customer reviews)


£10.00 (per hourly session)

Sundays (1st session) 10-11am, (2nd session) 11-12pm or (full session) 10-12pm


Please ensure all new participants have completed the Nordic4Kids Consent Form before sessions begin. 

Re-energise with Nordic4Teens and explore The Downs, Blaise Castle Estate, Ashton Court, Leigh Woods and all their terrain, slopes and gullies. Make new friends, enjoy learning the technique of Nordic Walking and increase your fitness too.

Nordic4Teens also provides fitness preparation, within the sessions for D of E (Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme). Learn to use the poles to aid your walking when carrying heavy backpacks on the flat, up and down hills.

Katie Atkins, National Trainer for INWA and British Nordic Walking has 26 years teaching as a primary teacher with 12 years as a PE specialist (working with mainstream, gifted and talented and SEND pupils). Katie also holds a Level 4 Diploma in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education Environments.

These sessions are available for teens aged 11-18 (school years Y7-Y13) who have completed a Taster session with Katie.

View available Taster Sessions.

Please select the sessions in the calendar below to start your booking.




  • Sundays (Term time only)
  • 10am – 11am, 11am – 12pm or 10am – 12pm
  • 2 Instructors
  • Max 12 per group

School Sessions: We can provide sessions tailored to your children’s individual needs be it in assembly time, PE (OAA Programme) or After School. This can be linked into your OAA provision or part of a PHSE Well Being Programme.

  • All sessions are open to anyone.
  • All sessions are for ages 11-18 (school years Y7- Y13) and cater to individual needs with a focus on technique, walking on the flat, uneven terrain and up and down hills. Some teens walk for an hour and some for two hours.
  • All sessions focus on the Nature around us, enjoying the chance to observe the seasons and changing landscape throughout the year.
  • D of E fitness preparation with backpacks is incorporated into all sessions for those training for D of E, with walkers increasing their backpack weights steadily over time and walking for up to two hours. Younger walkers or those not in training for D of E carry a small rucksack for a drink and snack.

What will you learn?

  • Start to advanced INWA Nordic walking technique
  • How to increase fitness and understand your body in exercise
  • Routes and wildlife of the varied terrain in Ashton Court, Blaise Castle Estate, Downs and Leigh Woods
  • Build up to Fitness for DOE or 5km challenge and learn technique to aid you

Nordic walking really is exercise for the body and relaxation for the mindPetrina

What will you need?

Hear Katie talk about teaching teenagers to Nordic walk in the Walking On Air Podcast.


These sessions take place at the following locations:

  • Ashton Court Golf Course – Car Park, Ashton Court Estate, Abbots Leigh Rd, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN, (map)
  • Ashton Court Mansion – Lower Car Park, Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN, (map)
  • Blaise Castle Estate – Main Car Park, Bristol BS10 7QT, (map)
  • Blaise Castle Estate – Coombe Dingle Car Park, The Dingle, Bristol BS9 2PA, (map)
  • Blaise Castle Estate – Hallen Close, Bristol BS10 7QZ, (map)
  • Abbots Pool – Car Park, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RR, (map)
  • Clifton Downs – Cafe, Clifton Bristol (map)
  • Clifton Downs – Saville Road, Clifton, Bristol (map)
  • Clifton Downs – Sea Walls, Clifton, Bristol (map)
  • Leigh Woods – Car Park, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3QE, UK (map)
  • Leigh Woods – North Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3QE, UK (map)
  • Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve – Off Glenavon Park, Bristol BS9, UK (map)

Sessions also available in school curriculum (OAA) time.

Booking Info

Please note that places are limited and bookings are made online only on a first come/first served basis. Payment is made online at the time of booking. Payment is for single or a block of lessons per term.

Nordic4 has a no refund policy. In extenuating circumstances should a customer request for credit to be carried forward they must request this in writing to

5 reviews for Nordic4Teens (School Years Y7-Y13 / Ages 11-18)

  1. Sam

    It’s been a tough couple of years for young people, but one thing that has really helped my 14 year old daughter is joining this group and mixing with a welcoming multi-aged group of teens alongside professional and friendly staff. She was apprehensive going for a taster session, but I could see from her body language one hour later, that she was completely upbeat and positive as she strode back across The Downs. Half the battle is getting young people to try something new- but this group is literally a breath of fresh air- and sets them up for a positive week- and it’s great for DoE preparation as well, as Katie gives guidance on stance and walking with weight and the variety of walks each week means the terrain is always varied. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  2. Celine Hooper

    My daughter has been going to the teens sessions since she was 14. She has completed her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver and she has made a fantastic bunch of friends. Despite feeling a bit apprehensive and worrying about what others would think initially, she has come to hugely value her two hours every Sunday morning. It amazes me how keen she is to go rain or shine. She loves the time away from everything and being out in nature. Katie and her team provide a safe and happy space for exercise, sociability and laughs! Her knowledge of nature, the seasons and the best areas to walk in Bristol is wonderful and she transmits this to the students in such a gentle way. My daughter is regularly pointing things out to me now that she would never have noticed before. I truly believe she has learned a skill for life!

  3. Asha

    The Nordic4Teens teams’ dedication to providing a positive environment for them share space with each other and keep fit is so valuable. My teen enjoys the challenge coupled with the social aspect. The positivity and consistency Katie provides helps enormously with keeping in a good frame of mind particularly through the pandemic.

    Katie is a true professional, with the best interests of the Teens always showing through in her actions and commitment to Nordic 4 for Teens. Her kindness means a lot.

  4. Kristy Bowers

    From the initial contact, Katie was welcoming, positive and enthusiastic. My son hadn’t really found his sport at school but knew he enjoyed being outdoors. We were keen for him to keep up an activity interest and to get some regular exercise. My son enjoyed the walking from the outset and I have no doubt that this is largely due to Katie. She is great fun, finds out interesting facts about the walking route to tell them and encourages the participants to chat to each other so that the group has naturally morphed into a sociable and welcoming bunch of teens. It feels as though my son has found a life long interest and we can’t thank Katie enough for this. We can also see the benefits it brings in mobility and fitness and have recommended it to older walkers and others.

  5. Rhiannon Dunnejones

    My daughter joined this group when she was 14 years old as she needed to do a sport for her Bronze DofE. Not knowing anyone, and feeling a little apprehensive Katie suggested a trial session. My daughter came back full of enthusiasm and joined the next week. She loves the weekly meet ups where she gets to develop new friendships and time off from her screen. All the teachers at Nordic4 are professional. Their warmth and enthusiasm of the sport and the youths they teach emanates.

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