Walking into history

Andrea Johnson of Warton (second right) leads a Nordic walking session in the grounds of Lytham Hall
Andrea Johnson of Warton (second right) leads a Nordic walking session in the grounds of Lytham Hall
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An instructor in the increasingly-popular fitness pursuit of Nordic walking is making strides to help Lytham Hall.

Instructor Andrea Johnson is to host weekly Nordic Wellness walks in the Hall’s grounds from next Tuesday and will be giving a percentage of the proceeds from the walks back to boost the current appeal fund for restoration work being carried out at the Grade I-listed Georgian building.

There is a free taster session on Tuesday from 12.30pm and Andrea, who lives in Warton and hosts walking sessions all over Fylde and in Preston, said: “Nordic Walking is taking the country by storm and is suitable for just about everyone. It works up to 90 per cent of the muscle groups, yet is low impact so is perfect for those wanting to tone up and get out in the beautiful Lytham countryside.

“At the taster session, people can come and discover the benefits of Nordic walking for themselves.

“All the equipment is provided but we only have space for 12, so anyone interested should contact me in advance.

Nordic walking is performed with specially-designed poles similar to ski poles and provides a fitness benefit to the participants as it involves applying force to the poles with each stride.

Marianne Blaauboer, activity plan officer at the Hall, said: “Many people use our historic parkland to walk their dog, to get some fresh air or to do some exercise.

“We are delighted that Andrea has offered to organise Nordic Walks from the Hall, which means that not only can you feel good about getting fit, but you also help keep Lytham Hall’s doors open.”

Andrea can be contacted via the website http://ultrafitt.co.uk/nordic-walking-preston-fylde or on 07962 535090.