About Us

WALX Ver Valley is an outdoor exercise club with Nordic walking at its heart.

We are dedicated to delivering a varied programme of Nordic and Explorer WALX alongside the Total Body Fit workouts and the more gentle intensity Wellness WALX. We want to offer something to suit everyone, of all ages, and for all abilities, whether its personal weight loss or fitness goals, we are here to help you achieve those goals.

At WALX Ver Valley we share our love of the outdoors to create a fun walking group who are passionate about being active and who enjoy exploring new pathways around the beautiful St. Albans and Hertfordshire countryside.

Sign up to our monthly membership of £19@month and you will receive unlimited walks and classes for less than £5 a week. Use discount code NEWY19WVV. Offer applies up to 31st March 2021.

Sharon Walsh WALX Master/Instructor

After surgery for breast cancer in 2012, I was looking to find an exercise that didn’t involve the gym and came across Nordic walking and I was hooked from the out set. Straight away I could feel the positive effect that Nordic walking has, not only on the body, but on my mental wellbeing as well.

I became stronger and more confident. It is incredibly therapeutic walking in a group, making new friends whilst enjoying being out in the lovely countryside, and exploring previously unknown routes.
In 2016 I trained to become a Nordic walking Instructor and enrolled in a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course, finishing the graduates coaching. I now enjoy delivering a varied WALX Programme around St Albans.

As an Instructor I hope to bring the same love of Nordic walking and exercising outdoors to others. It is a fantastic way to help lead a healthy, active, and happy life.

Pam Taylor Instructor

I have always enjoyed being outdoors.
I have been a Girl Guide Leader for many years, organising camping and narrowboat holidays where I shared my love of the outdoors with the girls.
I decided to try Nordic Walking after seeing an advert in my local paper and thought that it might be the right exercise for me as I hate the gym. That was over 7 years ago so I think that I made the right choice. I have progressed from a Walk Leader to an Instructor. I enjoy the social interaction with the other walkers and helping them to develop their fitness both physically and mentally, while enjoying the countryside in the St Albans area.

Trudy Reynolds Walk Leader

“Trudy will be leading some of our regular Nordic WALX during the week and providing cover.

Originating from rural Ireland, I was always surrounded by beautiful scenery on the Donegal coast where I grew up. I have always loved the great outdoors and loved our coastal walks at home. Coming to Hertfordshire and taking semi retirement allowed me to find a new local venture to satisfy my love of the great outdoors. Since joining the local Nordic walking group I have experienced and developed an appreciation of the local environment and scenery that StAlbans area has to offer, right here on our doorstep. Becoming a walk leader I have made lots of new wonderful friends and together we strive to explore new areas while facing the challenge of keeping fit and healthy what ever the weather.

Helen di Stefano Walk Leader

I have never been the most sporty of people but had been going to the gym for a couple of years, although I was gradually going less and less.  So as a New Years resolution I cancelled my membership  and decided to try Nordic walking.  I had often seen the group training and walking around my local park from the gym window and, living just around the corner too, I decided to give it a go.  I had always enjoyed being outdoors and walking so it seemed a natural choice but I also hoped that committing to walking with others would mean that I actually went out when the weather wasn’t so good or I had a million other things to do.  I was initially anxious about the social aspect of Nordic walking as part of a group but that has become one of the most enjoyable and important elements of Nordic walking for me.  I have met so many fun, interesting and friendly people.  I like nothing more than having a chat whilst waking along, enjoying the outdoors and getting fitter too.   As well as these wonderful friendships I have also,(and not having the greatest sense of direction), discovered so many new places around St Albans even though I have lived here for over 20 years.  I decided to become a walk leader because, as my kids were growing up, I have more time on my hands and I wanted to help others enjoy Nordic walking and the local area as much as I do.


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