Nordic Walking

Barefoot Studio prides itself on being the leading centre for Nordic Walking in Wales. Home to the British Nordic Walking National Coach for Wales, Karen Ingram, we offer a top venue to both learn Nordic walking and become an instructor.

Cowbridge is a beautiful rural market town surrounded by countryside, just 20 mins from Cardiff and the M4. We offer weekly Nordic walking classes, one to one sessions, guided day walks & technical lessons. We also run the 2 day INWA Nordic Walking Instructor Course.

Barefoot Studio works in partnership with a number of local authorities and community projects to deliver Nordic Walking projects, including Venture Out Bridgend. Through British Nordic Walking we train Nordic Walking Instructors across Wales, from Gwynedd to Swansea, including Rhondda Cynon Taff, Age Cymru, Neath Port Talbot and many more. Karen Ingram is the only qualified INWA (International Nordic Walking Association) Coach in Wales.

Check out the events page for the latest guided Nordic walks & our classes pages for the latest timetable.

Regular classes:

Mondays, 6.30pm, Porthkerry Park
Wednesdays, 10:30am, Cowbridge

If you have a small group or team of people who’d like Nordic Walking lessons then please email us for a bespoke quote.

One to one

One to one lessons are a great way to accelerate learning or to work towards a specific goal. We use a video camera to film your technique and give you instant feedback in the field on how your Nordic Walking is progressing.

£35 per one hour session with a Nordic Walking Instructor.
£46 per one hour session with Karen Ingram, National Nordic Walking Coach for Wales.

Our shop boasts the largest selection of Nordic Walking poles, clothing and kit in the UK. All our staff Nordic Walk and are on hand to advise you on the right kit for you.

Visit our sister site for more information on Nordic Walking and to buy poles and kit.

Buying Poles & Nordic Walking Kit

Barefoot Studio is the UK’s leading Nordic walking retailer, we stock Nordic Walking poles from Exel & Leki, plus Nordic Walking clothing from Odlo & Salomon. Nordic Walking poles cost from £58 a pair up to to £120 for the all singing and dancing 100% carbon Exel NW Ultimates. All our staff Nordic Walk themselves & can give you great advice and guidance about Nordic Walking, where to learn the technique of Nordic Walking & what poles will best suit your needs.

You also need to think about your footwear & we’ve done some careful research into this. We recommend Salomon GTX Pro for men and women, or the Asics Gel Trabuco GTX, both are Goretex and so are breathable and waterproof.

Other kit to think about includes drinks bottles, hydration systems & rucksacks.